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.
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.
Chicken Coop Designs are found all over the Internet but very few out there are high quality or provide you with the information necessary to be successful in building your own coop at home. You may even be able to find a free set online and this may or may not be the best option for your particular situation. Most people only consider the appearance aspect of the new chicken dwelling they plan to build but the things you need to consider run far deeper. Today we are going to go over the five most important things to consider when choosing a set of chicken coop designs. Before you begin construction on your coop the first thing you need to do is survey the area where you plan on building. Do you live in a tight urban area or within the sprawling hills of the country? This will determine what type of chicken coop designs you will need and whether you will be building a movable (portable) semi-permanent or fixed dwelling area for your chickens