Having a chicken coop on your homestead can yield many benefits. Just as a cow can give you beef and milk, a chicken has a has two benefits as well – eggs and meat.
Here are 10 tips to consider if you are plan on adding a chicken coop to your homestead.
1-You can either build your own chicken coop from scratch or purchase them in a pre made kit from an online source. Some farming supply companies near you may even have them already put together for you.
2-You can construct a portable chicken coop or a permanent one. You might want a moveable small one to use in case you have to bug out and set up camp somewhere, and a permanent structure for a homesteading situation.
3-Some of the chicken coops may also be used as rabbit hutches, if you plan to raise both rabbits and chickens for food sources. But make sure you keep them separate, even if they’re adjacent to one another.
4-Be sure sure that your chickens are well guarded. How would you feel getting up one day to find out that a predator has gotten into your chicken coop and had eaten all of your chickens.
5-Consider building your chicken coop slightly elevated off the ground and slanted to protect your chickens from snakes and other predators. Panel some of the walls so that they can gain access to your chickens.
6-You may want to allow your chickens the freedom to roam on the flat land. You can do this and use solar powered electric charges on the fence to deter predators from trying to attack. A fake owl can also serve as a sort of scarecrow to keep hawks away.
7-You can get or build a chicken coop with more than one level. It should have a roosting bar and a nesting box inside. Try to make cleaning a cinch – preferably with a removable pan that you can take out, spray, and put back in.
8-A lot of chicken coops you can buy are made of fir wood. You want the design to be sturdy and roomy, and the coop to be formidable to keep out predators. It should be able to stand up against bad weather.
9-Your chickens will need a healthy amount of air circulation, so make sure that’s a prominent feature in your design. You can download plans from the Internet if you want to build it yourself, and read reviews from consumers before you buy a pre made one.
10-Some of the pre made designs aren’t foolproof with protecting your chickens. A basic latch can be flipped by a smart opossum or other predator, so you may have to make alterations to ensure the safety of your flock.