Chicken House / May 27, 2018 / Maryellen
Protection. You need to keep your chickens safe from all sorts of predators such as foxes coyotes hawks raccoons and rats just to name a few. The structure should be strong and no part of it should be able to be pushed over by a person. That is just the way I rate the strength of my coops...Could I push it over? If no then it is strong enough. There should be no way for rats or foxes to get into your chicken coop to kill your chickens. make sure the fencing goes all the way to the ground. You should also put the wire fencing down under the ground for about 1 foot out from the wire fence. This means when a fox digs at a fence they will simply hit the wire mesh and will eventually give up or try something else. Use mesh that raccoons cant get their arms through. I recommend using 1/2 inch square wire mesh for all the wire mesh fencing on the chicken coop. This will keep your chickens safe and it also looks quite attractive. Remember foxes are quite wily so check over your chicken coop plans to make sure they are predator proof.
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.
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