Chicken Hutch / June 7, 2018 / Maryellen
Rearing and looking after chickens is a cheap way to ensure a steady supply of fresh eggs without the expense of supermarket rates for a boxed dozen. The only major capital outlay is the space and cost of the chicken coop to house the birds safely and securely. Commercial chicken coops are commonly available online or in pet stores and garden centres but the cost can be kept to a minimum if you can build your own or know someone who has the skills to help you. All that you really need to accomplish this task is a decent set of chicken coop plans. In a nutshell your chicken coop plans should give you clear instructions on exactly how to complete the project easily. You will best accomplish your task if the plans are laid out step by step and with large well labelled diagrams to follow along.
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.
If youre raising chickens in the city then youre probably thinking that owning a large chicken coop is already out of the question. Space after all is one of the biggest limitation of urban chicken owners when it comes to building their chicken coop. So they usually make the mistake of designing their coop around the available space rather than their chickens needs. The result? Big city chickens living in cramped chicken coops. Of course the definition of what "large" is is very subjective especially in the context of the-countryside-hills-over-yonder standards versus the beyond crowded city standards. To put things into perspective lets just say that a large chicken coop in the countryside is a decent-sized apartment downtown. While a large chicken coop in the city is the walk-in closet in that decent-sized apartment downtown.