These past few days had us outside enjoying the beautiful weather. One of the jobs I crossed off the list was to clean out our new chicken coop.
So last summer we quit “planning” to get our own chickens, and actually did it. The whole family pitched in to build a little abode for our egg-laying beauties. And because we were first-time chicken owners and newbies in all chicken-related topics, we joined BackYard Chickens and gleaned months worth of ideas, do’s and don’ts, and building plans. (I can’t recommend this site highly enough! If you have the slightest inclination of doing chicken anything, go here and read to your heart’s content.)
The Chicken Coop
The coop is nothing fancy really. It isn’t visible from the road and we don’t live in town with neighbors to care about the view from their back window, so we used as much scrap material as possible. Plus we didn’t think the chickens would mind. So far they haven’t rebelled.
On The Inside
We decided to use the deep litter method. Less major cleaning each year and a few minutes of daily maintenance fit what we wanted – so far it’s worked wonderfully.
****UPDATE: 4/23/13 – since building this coop, we have made one major adjustment. The roll-away nesting box did not seem to please the gals as much as we’d hoped. We ended up finding nests of eggs all over the barn and shed. Since then we’ve build the ‘normal’ nesting boxes: 12×12 squares and laid hay in the bottom. We are now getting over 2 dozen eggs a day with about 32 hens.
It might not win a beauty contest – but there’s something to be said for function-ability
Hope this gave you some ideas!
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