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.