Good Chicken Coops Designs Make For Great Chicken Coops

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Published: 25th November 2010
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For chicken coop designs to be considered as good. They need to include all the "must haves" that will allow you to build a great chicken coop. Remember your coop has to take care of your chickens for a long time.



Your first consideration should be 'How Big?' The coop needs to be sized to properly accommodate the number of birds you intend to house in it. Fowl raised in captivity require a specific amount of space.



Deprive them of that space --in other words crowd your birds and you will encounter problems. Problems like having the more aggressive birds tormenting, attacking and pecking the more docile ones, sometimes to the point of death. This sort of behavior happens in factory farms all the time, which is the main reason large egg producers have the chicken's beaks (painfully I might add) clipped to prevent them from pecking each other while in close proximity.



Once you have figured out how big the coop will be. The next issue is the location. Where are going to put the coop in your yard (If you have chosen a mobile design this issue doesn't matter)?



This decision hinges on a few considerations; drainage, predator threat, orientation to the Sun, and protection from winter winds.



Good chicken coop designs always include information about these issues and how you can use the attributes of your yard to your and advantage.



They will also point out the need for protection from drafts, while at the same time allowing for good ventilation (this can sound tricky to accomplish). But if you know in advance the solutions it is actually handled quite easily.



How you handle the location and orientation of the nesting boxes also needs to be covered, because you want the chickens to nest 'not sleep--on the nesting boxes and you want easy access to the eggs.



A topic that needs to be discussed is the intended location of windows to be used in the coop.



Natural daylight for your chickens is important and knowing how best to take advantage of natural light is a big plus.



Good chicken coop designs must cover ways and means to protect you birds from predators of all stripesódomesticated cats and dogs, flying attackers like hawks, Owls, and falcons. Suburban and country predators--Raccoons, Fox, Skunks Coyotes, Bobcats, Wolves and Cougars. Each predator has a different attack mode and must be dealt with individually.



Ease of cleaning and maintenance of the coop is something that should be considered before you build.



These are just some of the requirements that chicken coop designs must have to serve as quality functional guidelines in the construction of the best possible chicken coop for your birds.





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Want to learn more about the best Chicken Coop Designs? Visit Jasper White's website at Chicken Coop Center.com for helpful tips and information on planning, building, and maintaining a great chicken coop.

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