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Chicken Coop Interior - Part Two
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Chicken Coop Interior  -  Part Two

In this part of chicken coop interior advice we will cover a few other factors. The first is lighting. In an ideal world you will want to fit lights above the feeding and drinking/watering area. Windows play a big part in a chicken coop design and are essential for a chicken coop interior. I have been given information, on good authority that you should always place your windows facing south if possible.

The south facing windows relate to the sunlight chickens need. To be productive and have a healthy egg cycle they are going to need a good amount of direct sunlight. Sunlight is essential if you are not placing special heaters in your chicken coop interior - your birds will need some warmth.

Do not overcrowd inside the chicken coop - you may think you will receive more eggs with the more birds you have but this will not be the case if they are unhappy. If chickens are crammed into a small space they will actually begin to harm each other by pecking with their beaks. Two square feet for every bird inside the coop will be adequate for a healthy space.

Chickens are going to need somewhere to nest in the chicken coop interior. It is a common mistake for people to think that if you have five birds you are going to need five nests - not so. In most chicken coop interiors there are no more than three nests for a coop of ten birds. The birds will actually favor a nest and tend to stick to it - if they have to wait their turn they will wait their turn.

Inside the nests you are going to have to place some sort of padding to make sure the eggs are protected during and after they are laid. The most common way is to put hay or straw inside the nests. The only problem with this is that the chickens will make a right old mess with the hay and it will involve extra cleaning up. A more expensive, but efficient way is to purchase special coop padding.

You are going to want as much ventilation as possible with your chicken coop interior but you must make sure the access is safe. Predators will attempt to get in through these ventilation accesses so it is a good idea to use some chicken wire or simple wire mesh to cover these holes. Keep all of the factors covered here in mind when considering your chicken coop interior ideas.


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