Chicken Hutch / June 7, 2018 / Maryellen
Chicken coop tractors also known as chicken arks are simply mobile chicken coops that can be moved around with convenience. In most cases there are wheels attached to the bottom so that the entire coop can easily be transferred from place to place. Portable coops are often used for pastured chickens. As these organic chickens require grass for nutrition the owner can then relocate the chicken coop tractor to a new stretch of land every week or so. Using this method the chickens would be able to feed on fresh patches of grass rather than the ones that have already been pecked at. The moving process is quick simple and requires minimal effort from the owner. If youre looking to buy or build a chicken coop tractor then youll definitely find that there are numerous chicken ark plans that are available.
The amount of room that different breeds of chickens require may vary. Thus you should do a little research but the general rule is that each chicken should have at least 2 to 3 square feet of space for themselves. Say you have 40 chickens meaning that theyll need about 80 to 120 square feet in total. If possible always choose a plan that has more room rather than less. An 11 by 11 frame would be nice or even a 12 by 12. Although they might not be able to communicate it to you they do enjoy the extra running room. Again a bit of research will help lots. As temperatures change within the different seasons you need to be sure that your chickens dont get too hot or cold. A thermometer is always a good idea. Due to the needs of your chickens you will probably need to get some heating pads or lamps with the colder weather and cooling vents in the summer. This is all to maintain the ideal temperature even with the weather changes.
As most people will tell you a chicken coop is just four walls and a roof. But thank goodness theres no law saying that you cant let you crazy chicken coop ideas run wild on those four walls and roof right? If you want to take on a fun project to start the year designing or renovating your chicken coop around a particular theme is a great option. To get you started here are a few themes you can get inspiration from: If you cant afford to have that log cabin retreat by the lake dont hesitate to give it to your chickens. To give their chicken coop a rustic home feel incorporate a lot of design elements that define this style in the coop. For starters you can turn twigs into door handles. Take ones that are slightly curved or raised in the middle so that theres space for your fingers. You can also take larger branches and turn them into perches for your hens roost. Just make sure that the size of the branches are adequate for your chickens feet to grip firmly.