Chicken House / May 27, 2018 / Maryellen
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.
Do you want to build a chicken ark to make the situation better for your chickens? Remember chicken coops are actually the house of the chickens. As you want to be comfortable in your house similarly you will also want that your chickens are comfortable inside their house. To build a comfortable chicken ark you need to follow certain things. If you have ever gone through a guide to build the chicken coops you will understand what the things are that are essential for building the coop. Your chicken house to fit the chickens must be built with a particular size in mind. This size will be decided according to the number of chickens you plan to put in the coop. Among all the chicken ark designs available the most comfortable ones are the large chicken coops. These days more and more people are showing interest in raising chickens. People can make lots of money with the help of these chickens. Chickens are the most beneficial among all the other pets. They provide egg as well as meat.
Choose a coop kit size appropriate for your chickens. There are different sizes of coop kits available in the market. If you have small a number of chickens and you are not planning to expand it then a small coop is applicable. A standard 4x4 coop will house 3-4 standard hens comfortably. However if you have a big number of chickens a bigger coop is needed to house all of them comfortably. Remember each adult chicken needs 4 square feet of free space thus a 4x4 coop provides 16 square feet of space for 4 chickens. Chickens need to run around and exercise as well as to get some fresh air. They also love to scratch around. Therefore a chicken run is important. There are some coops that provide a chicken run attached to it. Most of the time it is included in the coop but you can also buy it separately. You can also do it yourself by adding simple wood frame and some good gauge wire.