Planning Ahead for a Successful Chicken Coop
“You know men, we usually go for breakfast because it's the easiest thing to cook and then we try to make it seem fancy.” Hugh Jackman
Bigger is Better
When it comes to raising chickens, more room means a healthier, happier bird. While we would love for them to have the run of the yard, they quickly destroy anything resembling a yard very quickly. The most common complaint we hear from first time chicken parents is that they wish they had gone bigger the first time around. Birds that are kept in space that is too small are prone to falling ill, spreading germs, and getting aggressive with coop-mates.
The bigger the coop, the more room you also have to move around inside, making upkeep a better experience for both you and your birds.
Plan for the Seasons
If you live in a climate with wide temperature swings, ensure that your coop is built for all seasons. Someone living in North Texas is going to have different needs from someone living Santa Fe where summer temperatures can sit in the 90’s well into the evenings. Proper ventilation for the summer, and draft prevention for the winter will go a long way to ensure your birds are comfy cozy.
Pest & Predator Prevention
Insects carry disease, and make your birds uncomfortable. Ensure that you are keeping your coop clean, water fresh and keeping your feed secure.
Know your local chicken predators, how to identify their presence, and how to discourage them entering your coop.
Backyard chicken coops and the hens that they house are great ways to eat healthier, do your part to reduce your carbon footprint, and create a sustainable food source for you and your family.