Chicken Hutch / May 31, 2018 / Maryellen
Using a ramp connect the second floor roost to the first floor play and exercise area. Having a large chicken coop also helps your hens get a bit more exercise. This is going to be especially helpful in the winter months when they need to keep their body temperature up. And speaking of winter months dont forget that having a large coop also means that youll have to get extra insulation during the cold season. And its not just your chickens you will also reap the benefits from the extra space that a large coop provides. Cleaning for example will be much easier. You can just take a shovel and scoop out all the dirt in the run without always having your face two inches away from chicken poop. This is also good news for those that have back or knee problems because they wouldnt have to crouch down every time they clean the coop. Also if in the future you would like to turn your hobby into a small business having a large chicken coop will make expansion easier. Just make a note of the rules in your city (or apartment building) as to how many chickens is an individual allowed to keep.
The chicken coop plans play a huge role in determining the efficiency of the coop youre going to build because a well-built coop will allow the chickens to run around freely hunt and peck at their own pleasure. This promotes a healthy lifestyle that will ensure your chickens are happy and capable of producing eggs. Choosing the right set of plans wisely will give your chickens the much needed freedom to enter and exit the coop at their own will. It is important to remember that a free range coop expose your chickens to more dangers than a confined one. For this reason I encourage you to consider the safety aspect and build according to a well-tested set of chicken coop plans. It all comes down to being able to fence the surroundings as safely as possible and to give your chickens access to the coop as fast as possible is a threat emerges.
Basically a large chicken coop in an urban environment means a coop that you can walk upright into just as you would in an elevator. In fact you can take the size of a typical elevator as your guide in the initial design process of your chicken coop. On the wall facing the door you can place your elevated roost and nest box. You can raise it up to your chest level and extend it up to the roof of the coop. But if you have more than three chickens consider keeping this section at least three - four feet off the ground. Remember that chickens need a lot of space when roosting. Stacking them up too close to each other can result to them pecking at each other. Another benefit of this elevated design is that your chickens are off the floor and away from predators like rats or raccoons.