Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How to Build a Chicken Coop with Appropriate Ventilation?

I’m sure we all agree that our chickens need to breathe but this is not why I have included this section to talk about. There are a number of underlying reasons as to why good air circulation in your chicken coop will keep your chickens healthy.

Appropriate ventilation will ensure that the excess dampness will escape from the coop that in turn reduces the humidity levels allowing your chickens to easily breathe. Another reason is the fact that ammonia may build up in the chicken coop due to the chicken feces causing them discomfort and at times health issues.

Finally, the chicken bedding on the floor will, at times, contain oils that can cause respiratory infections for your chickens if you do not provide them with sufficient ventilation. That is why I highly encourage you to carefully assess any underlying factors that may be harmful to your chickens when following guides on how to build a chicken coop.

Friday, April 18, 2014

How to Build a Chicken Coop with a Good Drainage System?

I can’t stress on the importance of a good drainage system to ensure you do not have a muddy run. In no way do I mean you must install a complex and intricate drainage system but it definitely does help to take a few precautions.

Mud can result from a snowmelt or a thunderstorm runoff which can have some health issues for your chickens such as bumble foot or even internal parasites. The best way to overcome this issue is to build the chicken coop on a high ground which will eliminate the problem entirely.

You should also ensure that you build gutters on all the roofs and preferably select a chicken coop design with a sloping roof to avoid any collection of rain on the roof. A simple solution could also be to simply dig a trench and line it with some piping to intercept the water before it reaches the coop.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Food and Water Supply and its quality

When building your chicken feeder or waterer you need to ensure that they can store a reasonable amount of nourishment for your flock. However, the solution is not as simple as that.

You must ensure that the food does not go stale if you fill up the feeders with too much feed. Furthermore, you must clean out the feeders and waterers on a regular basis as they are a great breeding ground for parasites and lice which will harm your chickens significantly.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Predator Proofing Your Chicken Coop

You grow attached to your chickens with every passing day and having them harmed or even killed by a fox, raccoon, dog, or any other common predator in your area is definitely heart wrenching.

It is crucial that you plan ahead when building your chicken coop to take into consideration the prospect of predators.

There is quite a simple solution to safeguarding your chicken coop against predators. When completing the fundamental steps on how to build a chicken coop it is advised that you dig the wire mesh around the chicken run an extra foot or two into the ground. This will ensure that predators cannot dig under the wire mesh and gain access to your chickens. It is also recommended that you secure any entrances or windows with either a piece of Plexiglas you can simply slide into place or wire mesh to ensure predators cannot get into the coop.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

How to Build a Chicken Coop - 3 Essential Tips to Properly Build a Chicken Coop

If you're wondering how to build a chicken coop, then you are definitely not alone. Chicken coops are becoming more and more popular. Using these quick and easy design elements and adding them to your overall chicken coop plan, you will build a chicken coop that is both pleasing to the eye, and safe for your chickens.
Tip #1 - Build a Safe Chicken Coop
You not only need to protect your chickens from hungry predators, but they must be able to survive the natural elements, such as rain, snow, and summer heat. The location of your chicken coop is of upmost importance when considering the safety of your chickens. Primarily, you should build the chicken coop in a high and well drained area, so if and when it does rain, the coop will dry quickly. It is also important to have your chicken coop face the sun, so that the coop can dry properly in wet seasons.
When hot weather hits, proper ventilation is key. Installing sliding windows and doors that can be opened and closed as needed will provide the chickens proper ventilation in hot weather.
In order to protect your coop and chickens from predators, you should bury your outside runs with chicken wire surrounding the coop at a depth of about 1 foot. This will deter all but the largest predators from reaching your chickens.
Tip #2 - Build an Easy Maintenance Coop
Diseases and sickness can spell disaster to coop bound chickens. Cleaning your chicken coop should be as easy as possible so that you can do it quick and often. There are a few design techniques that will ensure cleaning your chicken will be easy. Install doors that open inward and not outward. Another design element that makes it much easier to clean your chicken coop is to design the floor at a low angled slope towards the main door. When hosing down the inside of the coop with water and disinfectants, the water will drain outside the coop automatically, instead of puddling in the middle - which can be a major hassle.
Tip #3 - Keeping Your Coop Warm and Bright
A properly built chicken coop is not only well ventilated, but warm in the cold winter months. There are a few simple tips to follow in order to keep your chickens warm at night or in the cold seasons. The first tip is to properly insulate the walls of the structure. This will not only keep your chickens dry in wet seasons, it will help to hold in the heat in the cold. You should also face the chicken coop so that the windows let in light from the sun. This is an easy and inexpensive way to keep your chickens warm in the cold months.
Another tip is to install a proper electrical lightning system. These are relatively inexpensive and cheap to maintain. Installing light will not only let you see the chickens if you need to at night, it can serve as a wonderful heat source.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

There is no Role of Roosters in the Egg Formation

Yes!!! The title of this article is 100 per cent correct and also you read it correctly. Most of us don’t know the fact that the rooster is not required to produce egg within the hen. Many animals including human beings need no male partners to produce eggs. Egg production is a physiological phenomenon of a female of a mammal. The partner is only needed to fertilize the eggs. In other words, the table purpose eggs don’t require cocks in a chicken coop.

If you’re going to use the eggs for table purpose only, you don’t need males in your coop. On other hand, if you do require eggs for hatching, then you should have at least one male for 10-20 females in your chicken coop.

My advice for the first timers of raising chicken is that they don’t require roosters for their backyard farm because the roosters not only going to produce fertilized egg, but also waking up to the lovely sound of a rooster crowing in the morning. Moreover, the roosters crow throughout the day, which will bother you and your neighbours.

Friday, November 11, 2011

How to Maintain the Chicken Coop?

By now we have discussed great deal of information about the chicken coop building, hence it is time to discuss about the maintenance of the coop. You must have put in your best efforts to construct the chicken coop and must have positioned it also as per the guide lines discussed already. The chicken coop will disintegrate sooner than latter if proper maintenance was not done. The maintenance and the repair work of the chicken coop are not all that difficult if proper care is taken on regular basis.

Pay attention to the door

The door of the chicken coop should be cared the most as it is the only part in the coop that will be moving too often. This is because you will be going inside the coop for feeding, watering, taking the eggs etc. Hence the door of the coop should be watched carefully. In case the latch is lose, repair it immediately and if required replace it completely. If the door is giving problems to you often, then there is no harm in replacing the door with new one. Let the door be designed according to the usage of the farmer in order to minimize the wear and tear of the door by unwanted usage.

Checking the fence

The structure of the fence should be watched regularly next to the door. The fence should be completely checked at least once in a month. In case the chicken coop area is full of predators, the sturdiness of the fence should be assessed more often. The fences are more prone for walking and hence more around the fence and check each and every part with care. If there is any gap or weak part, just correct the same without wasting anytime. The predator may gain entry through that weak spots and play havoc.

Check the feeders

The feeders placed in side the chicken coop should be checked on regular basis. As these feeders are going to be in use every day, more care is definite requirement, is it not? In some coop the feeders placed may be bent or tilted which is a warning signal and hence the feeder should be immediately replaced. The feeders are more likely to be damaged as there will be a constant fight among the chickens for the food. The height of the chicken feeder also needs to be monitored regularly. The chicken will be growing regularly and the feeder height should be adjusted according to the height of the chicken. The chicken should feed comfortably which will result in good yield of eggs. Right height of the chicken will prevent the feed wastage also. Just adjusting the feeder height to one inch or two will result in extraordinary results.

One should never neglect the maintenance of the chicken coop. the maintenance of mobile chicken coop is much easier compared to the maintenance of the fixed chicken coop. In case of fixed chicken coop, all one has to do is regular maintenance check, nothing else.