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    How to Choose the Right Place for Chicken Coops

    ArticlePoultry AdviceMonday 07 February 2011
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    Deciding on a spot to place chicken coops in your back garden can greatly affect your success with egg laying. When keeping chickens most people would welcome as many eggs as possible, and there are certain steps you can take with regards to the location of hen houses to achieve this. 

     

     

    Choose a Spot

    • First, position your hen house where you know it will be bathed in plenty of sunlight. Regular exposure to the sun helps along egg laying in hens. It may also reduce the need of a heat lamp too if it is warm enough which saves money and time. 

    • Place chicken coops in an area that minimises the risk of predatory attacks. This means keeping chickens as close to your house as possible so you can keep an eye on them. Don’t place anything that will attract predators next to the hen house, such as rubbish or food items.
     
    • To avoid damage and wear to the structure of chicken coops, position them where some shade is also available from trees. This can stop excess rain fall from causing harm.

    • Despite fresh air being great for health when keeping chickens, too much of a gust is not good for them. Try to place your hen houses so they are protected from wind by a tree or buildings. 

    • If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, you must locate your chicken coops so they can avoid pools of water.

     

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