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Chicken Coop Basics

April 8, 2017 by  
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Chicken Coop Basics

Chicken coops allow you to raise hens for their eggs in your backyard, regardless of how big of a yard you have, but you should be aware of some of the chicken coop basics. If you have a small yard, you can raise 6 or 12 hens, or up to 20 or more if you have more space. Even free roaming chickens need a coop for keeping them warm and safe from predators. The following tips will help you learn a little more about chicken coops and the basic necessities.

Types of Chicken Coops

First, there are a variety of different chicken coops including their sizes, colors, shapes and styles. You will find some that are very simple and basic with the bare necessities, and others that are fancy and appear like small houses with window flower boxes and intricate details. Chicken coops can be built from scratch, built from kits or purchased pre-built and delivered to your home. You can also use an old shed or kids play house and convert it to a small chicken coop if you plan on having such as a few chickens to raise.

The Chicken Coop Basic Necessities

The following chicken coop basics include what every chicken coop should have, regardless of the type of structure:
Hen House – The basis of the chicken coop is the structure keeping them safe, warm and protected from rodents and other predators. It should be enclosed and covered to keep out rain, wind and other weather that can cause the hens to become ill.

Nesting Box – Your chicken coop needs to contain the nesting box which is the location in the coop where hens will lay their eggs. You can have several different nest boxes to allow hens privacy for laying eggs. On average, a nest box will be about the size of a shoebox or bigger.

Perch – Your chicken coop basics should also include the perch with a piece of plywood sitting about two feet above the ground for chickens to sit and roost. They can stay dry and often feel comfortable in this area.

Feeder and Waterer – The coop must also contain a container for holding food and a watering area for the chickens. The chicken feeder can hang in the hen house or be free standing, as can the waterer.

Chicken Run – If you plan to raise chickens and keep them in the coop, you should still have a fences area outside the coop that allows the chickens to run and roam free. Using chicken wire is a suitable type of fencing to keep them in the chicken run area.

As long as your chicken coop is of proper size and the above chicken coop basics are included, you will have happy chickens who are safe, warm, and lay eggs daily.

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