Chicken House / June 5, 2018 / Maryellen
Light. You need light in your chicken coop to stimulate egg laying. Particularly if you want your hens to lay eggs all year round. As a rule of thumb you should have 1 light every 40 feet inside you chicken building. If you are just building a small chicken coop it will be sufficient to have a single light above the watering/feeding section. As a bonus the light(s) will also be a source of heat for your chickens in the colder months. Perches. Your chickens have a natural instinct to perch so you must provide them with appropriate perches otherwise they will perch on nesting boxes feeders and anything else around the coop. This would then lead to these important areas getting covered in droppings which is certainly undesirable. It is as simple as using broom handles for your perches. Again it is important that your chickens have adequate space on the perches so as a rule of thumb allow 8 inches of perch space per chicken. To make it easy to keep the chicken coop clean slip some trays under the perches so the droppings land directly in them you can then pull the trays out to clean them.
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.
Now the advantages of a portable coop building are many although those benefits previously listed above can be already included in a good number of standard chicken coops. Now with a movable chicken coop you also have further advantages that you dont get with normal chicken coops. Some of the designs are intended to get moved around daily whereas the larger styles are generally moved a little less regularly. Therefore your flock may have plentiful garden-fresh grass often. At the time when you make a more traditional coop construction you will be stuck with the coop location immaterial of whether or not it is actually the perfect option. Using a chicken coop tractor you can move it to a different location whenever you require room for something else. This really is a fitting option for keeping your flock for chicken keepers which have nearby neighbors that may or may not be exceedingly happy with the choice of exactly where the coop is placed.