Chicken House / June 1, 2018 / Maryellen
When you are seeking the perfect way to look after hens within a sheltered setting keep track of exactly where the chickens lay their eggs and provide them with access to lovely grass and insects a chicken coop tractor can provide you with all these things. For those of you that happen to be beginners at the practice of raising chickens every hen-house tractor can be considered a portable structure that has an interior area somewhere your flock of chickens are secure from tough weather in addition to wily foxes. These are also often referred to as ark chicken coops. The coop tractor has a chicken run integrated into the design itself that permits your chickens to have free access to the open air and the fresh grass in addition to bugs required for their diet.
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.
Once you have settled on coop size you want to make sure your chicken coop designs meet your other needs. Unless you plan to purchase these separately you will want to make sure the plans also include sections on building your own feeders and nesting boxes. This simple detail is often left out of most plans. Most people do not know this but its important to position the coop strategically. In choosing the right position for a semi-permanent or fixed option make sure the area will have the right amount of sunlight and is not directly in the direction of the wind. You will also want to make sure that your placement keeps predator threats to a minimum. Most people neglect this fact when choosing chicken coop designs but lumber costs will make up about 90% of your building expenses.