Chicken coop buying guide
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- Stationary or portable
- Number of chickens
Different types of chicken coops
Portable chicken coops
Stationary chicken coops
Choosing the right chicken coop size
When deciding on a size for your chicken coop, there are two main criteria to consider:
- the number of chickens you plan on keeping: the more chickens you want, the larger the chicken coop must be. A basic guideline is to allow at least one square metre per hen;
- the size of the garden: you must also ensure the chicken coop is the right size for your garden.
- barn hens: no more than 9 hens per square metre;
- free range: at least 4 square metres per hen outdoors;
- organic: at least 10 square metres per hen outdoors.
Chicken coop accessories
Chicken coops aren't just basic shelters surrounded by mesh. In order to live comfortably, chickens require a number of different accessories:
- nest boxes: these little boxes give hens the space they need to lay eggs in peace;
- perches: this is an item that is often overlooked, but chickens usually like to sleep on a perch or roosting bar next to their neighbours;
- a food dispenser: for greater convenience;
- a dust bath: chickens rub their feathers in dust to clean themselves off;
- air vents: it is important to ventilate your chicken coop properly;
- access ramp: ramps are essential to chicken coops on stilts as they provide free access to the coop;
- removable droppings tray and/or removable roof: just like any other bird cage, these types of accessories allow you to keep your coop clean and your chickens healthy;
- automatic opening: automatic opening will prevent you from having to open and close the doors on a daily basis.
3 tips for installing and caring for your chicken coop
If your chicken coop is made of wood, you must treat it regularly using products that are safe for both the environment and your chickens, and won't end up tainting your eggs;
If you want your chicken coop to be easy to clean, the bedding must be changed regularly;
Position your chicken coop properly as light is one of the main factors to influence hygiene. For example, a south-facing chicken coop that is in the sun for most of the day will be less likely to attract disease and parasites than one facing northwards.
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