Chicken House / June 5, 2018 / Maryellen
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.
Placing Styrofoam sheets inside the coop specifically between ceilings and walls will offer required insulation causing you to take care of chickens properly. Should you have a modest property building chicken coops could be much more complex. If this is the case you may only be allowed to home a total of two chickens. In modest chicken coops suffocation can effortlessly happen. Be positive to construct your coop fairly close to your house. This makes it less complicated for you to look after them. Chickens can withstand cold temperatures. Nevertheless theyre fairly vulnerable to drafts. Thus it really is essential to provide ventilation in a way that minimizes drafts. The secret here is to control the general air flow patterns within the chicken home. In the course of winter time the only open vents are those that are usually located in or near the roof. This is above where the chickens reside.
When you are building your chickens coop you will want to use only high quality timbers and materials as this will pay dividends further down the road and save you even more money by reducing running repairs and coop maintenance. Try and think of the cleaning aspects and how best to make it easily cleanable either by holes for water to run through or sloping floors etc with water escapes for when you are hosing out. Always try and build your coop on a raised level and not sitting on dirt or grass as this will only add to rotting problems. Also try and get a good amount of sunlight on it as this will keep it nice and dry even after a rain shower so place where it will get plenty of sun. This keeps a certain amount of heat in the coop and helps chickens stay warm throughout the night.