Building A Chicken Coop – 5 Things To Consider
Bringing up chickens is a passion for many people, but before we can start bringing up chickens we first need to have a chicken coop for the chickens to live in. We can either buy a chicken coop or we could simply build our own. If you are considering building a chicken coop of your own then check out our FREE Chicken Coop Plans
If you are new to bringing up chickens then it can have a lot of benefits.
- You can produce your own organic food (chicken eggs and poultry meat).
- The chickens produce excellent manure for your gardens.
- Chickens can also make loveable household pets!
When we start to bring up chickens, one of the main things that we can not ignore is having a decent chicken coop. In this post I am going to simply outline my ideas on the main points you should be looking for whether you are buying a new chicken coop or building your own chicken coop. Ensuring your chickens are happy and your chicken coop lasts you a long time.
The fence is obviously an integral part of the chicken coop. It keeps the chickens in and also keeps any predators out. In addition to predators attempting to break in and causing damage to the fence. Your fence can become unstable over time due to many other things, such as the wind & rain, poor timber used initially etc. So ensuring the fence is sturdy is of paramount importance. Once built you need to do a monthly thorough check of your fence to ensure that your fence is always in top concdition. A fence in poor condition will not keep your flock in and will not protect them from predators. Any problems with the fence should be repaired as soon as possible.
The door of the chicken coop again is something you need to ensure is sturdy and should be checked very regularly. The chicken coop door is constanly opened and shut as you are feeding the chickens. The main points you should be looking for are:
- Ensure that the hinges are sturdy and are working correctly.
- Check the latch to make sure it holds in place correctly.
Each person will have their own preference as to the type of latch they will use on the door. Some are obviously better than others. If you are are constantly having problems with the latch you have chosen, then you might be wise to replace it for a different type or simply a more secure one.
Depending on how many chickens you intend to keep will determine how many feeders you will require. It is essential to keep a very close eye on the bird feeders in the chicken coop as if they become extremely pummelled this is usually a sign that the birds are probably fighting over the food. Therefore an idication that you should be thinking about installing another feeder.
A point that is usually overlooked with the feeders is the way the chickens interact with the height of the bird feeders. Now and again you will get birds that will prefer the bird feeder either higher or lower than what you have placed it. Adjusting this now and again will ensure the comfort of all your birds. Most of the time it only needs to be adjusted by an inch or two, but this can make a huge improvement in how the birds are able to access the food. Making for happier, healthier chickens.
The Water Source
Your chickens require a consistent supply of fresh water so having a good tap within the chicken coop is essential. If you have a larger coop then one tap might not be enough. You might need to look into adding another water tap to ensure your birds have an ample supply of fresh water.
Finally ensure that you have a good perches in your coop for the chickens to nap on. Ample perches ensures that the birds get plenty of sleep and therefore will produce more eggs.
Again like the tap the number of chickens you have in your coop will determine how many perches you are going to need. You need to ensure that all the birds have ample room on the perch so they are not fighting for a space. And that the perches are wide enough for when the chickens grow they still have enough space for taking a nap.
It is not too difficult building a chicken coop and then maintain it so that it is a nice comfortable, secure place for your chickens. You simply need to follow the above tips plus invest a little bit of time, money and love and you will be rewarded with a bountiful supply of fresh eggs.
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