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Build Chicken Coop - Questions And Answers
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Build Chicken Coop - Questions And Answers

Before you start to build chicken coop there are a few points to consider. Outlining a plan and covering these points will eventually help you successfully keep and raise chickens. The first question I would advise answering is whether you want a stationary or mobile chicken coop.

The mobile coops will always be cheaper and are usually used in more urban gardens or backyards. The stationary chicken coops have the advantage of letting you keep a higher number of chickens and are generally thought of as a bit more professional. The amount of chickens you plan to keep will determine the overall size of the chicken coop. As a rule of thumb each bird will need about four square feet of space to live in and remain healthy.

The size of the coop will have to be calculated around this rule. Overcrowding is very unhealthy for any type of kept animal. Chickens will need nesting areas ( boxes ) and perches supplied in their coop. Perches are needed to make the birds feel comfortable. You are going to want a healthy egg yield from your chickens so nest boxes are an obvious essential.

As a rule of thumb one nesting box should suffice for five chickens. Nest boxes can be created or built any size you want but don't go overboard - there is only so much room in every chicken coop. And what about the floor of your preferred chicken coop? In my experience it is best to avoid having a floor if at all possible.

Chickens are like any other bird and they like to forage the grass/ground in search of worms or insects etc. Leaving out the floor will give them this option. Chickens have a day and night cycle just like humans so you should pick a position for the coop with care - chickens will need the optimal position for sunlight. During the cold winter months you will be able to fix lights inside the coop to substitute sunlight and aid in keeping the chickens warmer. When choosing your chicken coop or coop designs you must always remember the threat of predators. Try to make sure the construction of the coop is very strong so predators cannot get into the housing. It may also be a good idea to dig down and wrap chicken wire underneath the coop to stop predators burrowing in. You are not required to be a qualified carpenter to construct a coop but you will need some careful planning. The design of a coop is essential so make sure it is well thought out.


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