Chicken Hutch / June 6, 2018 / Maryellen
If youre raising chickens in the city then youre probably thinking that owning a large chicken coop is already out of the question. Space after all is one of the biggest limitation of urban chicken owners when it comes to building their chicken coop. So they usually make the mistake of designing their coop around the available space rather than their chickens needs. The result? Big city chickens living in cramped chicken coops. Of course the definition of what "large" is is very subjective especially in the context of the-countryside-hills-over-yonder standards versus the beyond crowded city standards. To put things into perspective lets just say that a large chicken coop in the countryside is a decent-sized apartment downtown. While a large chicken coop in the city is the walk-in closet in that decent-sized apartment downtown.
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.
Make sure that your coop is large enough to allow your birds to live in comfort as happy birds will lay more regularly be more rewarding and easier to maintain. Some chicken coop plans will also incorporate a nesting area to the outside of the coop where eggs will be easily collected. We are all becoming more environmentally aware and any effort to use your own existing space to better effect can only be beneficial for all. Self-sufficiency is one of the many reasons that people quote for beginning their chicken rearing adventure. If you already have chickens but you need a new coop then easy DIY chicken coop plans can help you save money by building rather than buying. Try to find a set of designs which have been drafted by an experienced hand in chicken rearing as they will impart their years of knowledge into the designs and that can only be great for your chickens.