Chicken Hutch / June 6, 2018 / Maryellen
This is the best option if you are just beginning to start raising chicken. Most of the time breeders start with a small number of chickens and eventually it grows from there. Most of the time they would want to test the water first before embarking into it for good. A portable coop is a good option because you can easily remove it if you dont want to continue raising chickens. It is also quite easy to build and will not cost much. There are design plans included in the set. You can also find designs in the Internet for a more customized coop for your chickens. Portable coops do not require too much space and they are light enough to be transferred from one place to another. The owner can move it to a higher place if he wants to protect his chickens from wet grounds or even put it out on the ground if he wants the chickens to catch a bit of sunlight.
It is vital that you select the right kind of materials that will not be toxic to your chickens and will provide the coop with structural rigidity. It is also important that you can easily replace them in the event of damage from the weather or just simply wear and tear. Build for your respective climate to ensure your chickens are well insulated from either the cold or excessive heat. You also dont want to have your wood rotting so treat your lumber to keep your coop standing. Many plans tend to overlook the importance of ventilation and for that reason I urge you to plan accordingly and make sure you read the reviews on the plans you are going to use. Ventilation serves an important role in keeping the coops air circulating well and keeps out any excess moisture or ammonia build up from the flocks feces. Sufficient ventilation should be accounted for because if you decide to overlook that aspect you will begin to notice a direct effect on your chickens health.
Using a ramp connect the second floor roost to the first floor play and exercise area. Having a large chicken coop also helps your hens get a bit more exercise. This is going to be especially helpful in the winter months when they need to keep their body temperature up. And speaking of winter months dont forget that having a large coop also means that youll have to get extra insulation during the cold season. And its not just your chickens you will also reap the benefits from the extra space that a large coop provides. Cleaning for example will be much easier. You can just take a shovel and scoop out all the dirt in the run without always having your face two inches away from chicken poop. This is also good news for those that have back or knee problems because they wouldnt have to crouch down every time they clean the coop. Also if in the future you would like to turn your hobby into a small business having a large chicken coop will make expansion easier. Just make a note of the rules in your city (or apartment building) as to how many chickens is an individual allowed to keep.