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    A guide to constructing a chicken coop

    ArticlePoultry AdviceThursday 09 December 2010
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    How to build chicken coops

    It is easy to build your own chicken hen house even if you have very little experience at building things and it is an essential part of keeping chickens. You could also look at buying a ready made coop here

    The chicken coops need to be in a high spot so that it does not accumulate puddles when it rains. The coop needs to have 2 square feet of space per chicken and there needs to be 10 square feet of space per chicken in the yard. Make sure that you put a door large enough for you to collect eggs and clean out the chicken coops. 

    There should be a nest box for every 4 laying chickens and 10 inches of perch space for each chicken. All chicken coops and yards should face south and the roof should be sloped so that rain does not run directly over the door. Makes sure that the windows to all chicken coops are covered with chicken wire to keep out predators and there should be a latch on the door for security. Perches need to be 3 to 4 feet of the floor and nesting boxes should be filled with straw. T

    he yards around the chicken coops must be fenced with chicken wire, the fence must be at least 4 feet high and buried at least 12 inches into the ground to stop predators from digging their way underneath. The chicken coops should also be covered with netting to protect from hawks and owls and some tall grass planted around the yard will give the chickens some shelter.

    Hang the feeders and water dishes just off the ground where the chickens can reach them but not get dirt in them. If you build proper chicken coops you should be successful at keeping chickens that produce good eggs.

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