Chicken House / June 9, 2018 / Maryellen
Nesting Boxes. If you are keeping chickens for the eggs your coop needs to have at least 1 nesting box for every 5 or 6 female chickens. The nests should be comfortable and dark so your hens feel safe in them. You should put straw or wood shavings in the nest boxes and make the boxes at least 4 inches deep. If the boxes are not deep enough your chickens may fight and pick each others feathers. You should keep the nesting boxes clean at all times so the eggs remain clean. Hens should be trained not to sleep in the nesting boxes because if they do they will soil the area with their droppings. You should not have a problem with hens sleeping in the nesting boxes f you have given your chickens adequate perching space. If you find some stubborn hens that do want to sleep in the nests close them off at night.
Now the advantages of a portable coop building are many although those benefits previously listed above can be already included in a good number of standard chicken coops. Now with a movable chicken coop you also have further advantages that you dont get with normal chicken coops. Some of the designs are intended to get moved around daily whereas the larger styles are generally moved a little less regularly. Therefore your flock may have plentiful garden-fresh grass often. At the time when you make a more traditional coop construction you will be stuck with the coop location immaterial of whether or not it is actually the perfect option. Using a chicken coop tractor you can move it to a different location whenever you require room for something else. This really is a fitting option for keeping your flock for chicken keepers which have nearby neighbors that may or may not be exceedingly happy with the choice of exactly where the coop is placed.
Natural light is the best answer here so be sure and have the coops window facing south where it will get most light and natural warmth especially in the winter months. There are also some chicken keepers that have installed electric lighting in the apex of the coops roof as this will keep the chickens laying eggs throughout the year there are a variation of lights that can be used depending on the size and type of coop that you are building. This is more of a tip than anything else but it can save you a lot of frustration. Chickens tend to knock everything with their feet this includes food and feeders. An ideal solution to save having a constant mess on the coop floor is to raise the feeders and waterers to the height of the chickens shoulder this way they can only get their heads in the feeders and not their feet as well.