Here are some things that your chicken coop must haves for happy, productive chickens. Happy productive chickens give you delicious eggs.
Let's cover what you need to have to think about when building or buying your chicken coop.
How much space do chickens need? They need 3-5 square feet of space for a regular-sized chicken.
A general size for nesting boxes is 12’x12′ and you want enough boxes so that there is 1 for every 3 laying hens.
There are a number of different things you can use as nesting boxes: – 5-gallon buckets on their sides – milk crates – re-purposed shelves or dressers
Not all chickens can fly, so know your breed when you plan your roosts. Chickens like to be up in the air and do not sleep on the ground.
Check it for any areas that your coop may allow other animals in.
Ventilation is important to create airflow and allow the “soiled air” out and fresh air in.
Make sure that you have your coop protected from the weather. Rain and wind aren't blowing in getting your birds and bedding wet.
Free-range, pastured, or in a run? How are your chickens going to spend their outside time?
We keep all food and water outside of the coop. There are a number of different styles of waterers and feeders.