Raising your own chickens is growing in popularity so here are a few of the backyard chicken coop basics you will need to know if you want to be able to enjoy fresh organic eggs from your own yard.
Chickens have got extremely simple needs. For starters, they require a warm and comfortable place to call home. In addition, they need to have a place where their predators won't be able to break in and take them or their baby chicks during the night.
They require shelter if the weather turns nasty. It is important that you build a chicken coop that's cosy as drafts are generally unhealthy for chickens. If this is your first time building a chicken coop, there are plenty of excellent guides available which will teach you backyard chicken coop basics and how to construct the very best chicken coop.
Make sure you take a close look at the location for your chicken coop. First-timers frequently choose to build a coop in the backyard without having checked out the ground saturation ahead of time. A spot that has a tendency to pool water is a poor place to set up a chicken coop. Chickens need to have a dry home. The chicken coop ought to be constructed on a level area however, you should not build a coop right on the ground.
Have you ever experienced a snake or rodent getting into an outdoor shed or building? These very same predators can easily end up in coops that are built flat on the ground regardless of how much chicken wire you place around the chicken coop. Predators do not only appear on the ground either. Hawks as well as other big birds can grab tinier chickens and take off with them. If your chickens are outside the chicken coop, they also have to be protected against these types of predators.
Humidity inside of a backyard chicken coop is harmful for chickens. You must supply some sort of opening for air to pass through. Many chicken owners have a basic vent, whilst others install a screened window which will open. In some cases, people cut corners and carve a little hole in the plywood with a screen nailed over it - this is a bad idea. The ventilation opening has to be one that can easily be shut in the event of bad weather conditions or built so that rain water and major drafts cannot get into the building.
Because chickens cannot fly as well as other birds, the perches must not be positioned too high off the floor to stop them from being hurt if they fall. Perches ought to be no more than three to four feet off the ground. Nesting boxes should be lower than the perches (in order to stop them from becoming the favourite sleeping location for the chickens) and must be deep enough to make the chicken feel at ease.
When you build nesting boxes, make certain that the top is slanted as chickens like to roost on the flat surface of the boxes. The slanted top keeps chickens from roosting there and leaving behind a build up of poop that you regularly need to clean up. The front of the nesting box needs to have a ledge where the chicken is able to balance while entering and leaving the nest.
If you follow these backyard chicken coop basics, you will have built a chicken coop that will last and have happy, egg laying chickens.