PART 2: THE CHICKEN COOP OR HEN HOUSE
Now that you are set on a size of chickens or maybe you even purchased your chicks already…
you enjoy them and live happily ever after. LOL. Not really, like any critter a plan of action is goods. You may already have one; even better! If not, this post is for you along with all the other chicken tenders, LOL, I mean chicken farmers. Egg laying hens need a place to lay those precious jewels.
The space per bird confined is 10sq. ft. per heavy breed and 7 sq. ft. per lightweight breed, 2 sq. ft per bantam. Plus roosts. If you are letting them forage or have an outdoor run, you can get by with about half of that space per bird. Also remember if sacrificing some space, that they do need to be able to get out of the elements. Every investment you put into your birds will result in a high quality of eggs and better production.
Calculate the space you will need.
Maintain a plan for proper ventilation; yet sealed away safely from predators and the elements.
Are you planning to add onto a preexisting structure or start from scratch?
Ideas beget ideas, here are a few with links for details. 😉
Tarter farm offers this downloadable chicken house plan.
You can download this free plan from Purina by clicking here.
Here is a gambrel style coop that is sufficient and could hold enough hens for a family in town. Check it out.
Here’s a tractor by the Kycklingars.
The Cluckingham Palace Coop. A great portable chicken tractor.
COCO Channel Castle has a beautiful coop.
Hopefully these were a help to you. Here is a link for over one hundred plans and/or layouts. Best wishes to you. If you have a favorite, feel free to share with a link.