Chicken Hutch / June 7, 2018 / Maryellen
For those with limited space or perhaps just setting out in this new venture there are plans to house only one or two birds but there are plans covering numerous birds up to small-scale commercial rearing. So if you are serious about raising chickens for whatever purpose including breeding for show or meat and eggs and even as pets you need to decide how many birds you have space for and how many you can afford in terms of time and effort. Although most small coops can be constructed in a day the larger coops will take several days to build something to think about when you do your planning. Safety and security are important considerations for your birds and not something that is immediately obvious until you look at plans in detail.
Those with an inward opening door are the right choice. Sufficient ventilation should be essentially allowed by a chicken coop design. you should never go for coop designs with poor ventilation as it would get unhealthy for your chickens and they might get suffocated. Windows should be present in a coop and it should be made sure that they are easy to open or slide. Similarly the door of the coop should also be easy to open whether it is made of wire mesh or plexi. When choosing a chicken coop plan or when designing one a good light source should also be present inside. Fluorescent or electric bulbs can be installed in the coop for this purpose. During cold seasons the light source will even heat up the coop and keep the chickens warm. When looking for a chicken coop design you should go for the one that recommends the use of quality materials and wood. If the doors and windows are being built of wire mesh then the mesh should be thick enough. This way any predators that might want to prey on the chicken can be kept out. While there is a lot more that needs to be considered when choosing an appropriate chicken coop design however by keep these in mind you will be able to select the right one.
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.