Chicken House / June 9, 2018 / Maryellen
A chicken coop tractor design is fantastic for use in the backyard or for all those who are keeping fowls inside a pasture. You will find smaller ones which will provide housing for four or five chickens and considerably larger versions which will house much larger groups of chickens. Those that have the enclosed area on top as well as the free run region beneath are the very best since they provide even more contact with grassy areas. Chicken coops which have been constructed using the enclosed part on one half and the run on the other half provide a restricted amount of room per chicken for running around freely. Many of the transportable coops are still designed with a winch which can easily be lifted and secured conveniently to maneuver the chicken coop. Its crucial that you dont put too many birds inside the coop despite the fact that they have access to the extra room outdoors. The enclosed part of the coop is required to supply the chickens with the necessary space for nesting and security from natural predators. Theyre going to benefit from sufficient room therefore you should observe these recommendations for optimum quantity of chickens for your coop.
Bantam chickens have tendencies to jump really high and some can almost fly across an entire field. Therefore you want to make sure that if your chicken coop has an attached chicken pen or chicken run it is covered with a high net or its surroundings have really high fences. The last thing you want is for your bantam chicken to fly over your fence because they are not smart enough to jump back across. Bantams can be quite feisty. As cute as they are bantam roosters can become quite aggressive when their territory is threatened. You may want to separate the chicken coop into smaller compartments with chicken wire. Keep one rooster per every three hens. Be aware of injured bantams. For some strange reason I have had many of my bantam chickens get eaten alive by the other bantams. This may sound absurd but it is true. Chickens tend to peck at each other at times and if they draw blood the other chickens will begin pecking at the blood and eventually killing off the innocent chicken. This is why you should remove any chicken that you notice has been pecked or injured and keep it in its own cage for a week until it heals. By following the chicken coop plans above you should have an easier time raising bantam chickens in your backyard. Bantams can be quite adorable but they require a lot of maintenance and care if you truly want to get the best out of your chicken flock.
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.