Chicken House / June 9, 2018 / Maryellen
Light. You need light in your chicken coop to stimulate egg laying. Particularly if you want your hens to lay eggs all year round. As a rule of thumb you should have 1 light every 40 feet inside you chicken building. If you are just building a small chicken coop it will be sufficient to have a single light above the watering/feeding section. As a bonus the light(s) will also be a source of heat for your chickens in the colder months. Perches. Your chickens have a natural instinct to perch so you must provide them with appropriate perches otherwise they will perch on nesting boxes feeders and anything else around the coop. This would then lead to these important areas getting covered in droppings which is certainly undesirable. It is as simple as using broom handles for your perches. Again it is important that your chickens have adequate space on the perches so as a rule of thumb allow 8 inches of perch space per chicken. To make it easy to keep the chicken coop clean slip some trays under the perches so the droppings land directly in them you can then pull the trays out to clean them.
Get a good chicken coop guide and building plan. Most of these coop designs have detailed instructions on how to build and materials that you need to make a coop. It just important that you get something that is easy to understand and have clear instructions. Decide on the materials that you will be using. You dont have to scramble to the shop at once. Survey your basement for some scrap lumber. This will help you empty your basement and save money from buying new materials as well. You can even find a lot of bargain materials that you can also use in your coop. Choose materials also that require you less maintenance as well. Chose a location where you will build your coop. This is important to consider especially for sanitation and health of your chicken. A slope or hilly land will be ideal for your coop to facilitate drainage of water. If you are putting your coop in your backyard make sure your coop is facing the sun to avoid moisture and damp areas in your coop.
There is an advantage of the large chicken coops to fit the chickens. You might have got some chickens when you begin raising the chickens. But after some days you might even think of raising the number of chickens if your business does well. At this point of time you will surely need a large area. It is better to purchase a larger coop in the beginning so that you do not face any problems later. The decision of purchasing a large coop will save your money in the future. You will not have to purchase another large coop just because you already have one. But if you have a small chicken coop and you wish to increase the number of chickens you will need to purchase the larger coop. Investing on a large coop will be always a good investment. Due to the economic downturn many people have taken the decision of raising chickens. Therefore the chicken coops to fit the chickens are very much in demand these days. Other than this the larger chicken coops are also great for the chickens. The living conditions of the chickens are better in the larger coops. The larger coops will help your chicken to live longer. Some of the larger chicken coops to fit the chickens are a bit complicated. You can add some extra features in the larger coops like shelves wooden ramps and so on. The ramps will make it easier for the chickens to move in and out of the chicken coops.