Chicken Hutch / May 31, 2018 / Maryellen
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.
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.
Im sure by now youve bought a batch of baby chickens from your local pet store or expo center and brought them into your home with joy and excitement. Everyday youve fed them and played with them and enjoyed just watching them chirp and make a mess of themselves. For weeks youve sat there and watched them grow but now youve realized that they are just too big to have inside your house in those empty milk cartons or fish aquariums that you were using to keep them in. Youve figured it is time to build a chicken coop and I couldnt agree more. You have a mesmerizingly fully landscaped backyard in which youve poured in every last drop of sweat to grow and maintain and the last thing you want to do now is destroy your lawn by permanently building a chicken coop that will tarnish the aesthetics of your home and garden. At the same time your small flock of chickens are growing and becoming way too large to keep indoors and since youve become quite attached to the little chicks by now it would be much too painful to give them away. Well the answer to your problems is quite simple...what you need is a Moveable Chicken Coop.