Raising backyard chickens is probably one of the closest things to having a farm in an urban area. It is usually a wonderful way to teach your children about other animals aside from the usual pets (the dogs, cats, hamsters, etc.) that they are used to seeing. However, backyard chickens are not for everyone. It can take some work and it costs money to get started. However, it’s a great way to bring some pretty amazing eggs into your home and give your children still more appreciation for where food comes from.
Raising chickens can provide you with fresh eggs, pest control, and hours of entertainment. In the long term, it may even save you some money. Before you begin purchasing hatching eggs, building coops, and stockpiling supplies, check your local city ordinances about the laws on keeping backyard chickens. From my cursory research, it’s usually allowed, with a few restrictions, but it can’t hurt to check. At the very least. give your neighbors some notice before you raise chickens so that they are not alarmed by clucking noises.
Like any other pet owner, you need to ensure that you do everything required to keep your pets healthy. Since the health of your chickens will impact the amount and quality of eggs they produce, it is sensible to be knowledgeable in the area of chicken health. One of the most important aspects of overall chicken health and wellbeing are the coops that they will reside.
Tips on Building Chicken Coops
Building chicken runs and coops with the aid of DIY plans is a great option. You get the help of an expert who can assist in choosing the right coop for your needs, the correct materials to use and also tell you where you can find them. Whether you’ll be building city chicken coops or urban chicken coops for your flock, you will need to make sure that those coops can give enough protection to your fowls. The plans you rely on should contain instructions for putting up fences and for securing any openings e.g. windows and doors with strong poultry wires in order to keep predators out and to prevent the chickens from hurting themselves accidentally.
Coops need to protect chickens from heat, sun, wind, extreme cold, and predators. I recommend to use a lot of high carbon litter such as timber shavings, straw and tree leaves as bedding. The coop should provide a place for the chickens to lay eggs and a place to roost. Chicken coops must have appropriate air flow, if possible near the top of the coop. Air circulation at the top of the coop enables ventilation without drafts. Also, windows are of help if they are able to shut to reduce drafts.
A chicken ramp is essential to raised chicken coops. A typical chicken injury for heavy or large breeds is leg damage from leaping in and out of the coop. Ensure a ramp offers them a method to walk as opposed to jumping.
Save Time By Buying a Ready Made Chicken Coop
If you do not want to build your own chicken coop, you can buy one from a local pet supply store or online. Coops vary from plastic-type igloos to fancy English Tudor replicas with prices that vary from around $300 to $2,000 if not more dependent upon the dimensions and features, like attached runs and removable perch boxes.
Choosing the correct size of coop is important, especially if you are buying your own. For example, larger chicken coops can house up to 15 chickens and are excellent coops in case you foresee adding younger chicks to replace laying chickens when they get older.