The Chicken Coop is Your Chickens Home

Basic Chicken Coop Attached to Run Covered with Chicken Wire

A New Day Is Dawning in the Lives of Your Family As You Prepare Your Chickens Home and Begin the Fun and Exciting Adventure of Raising Chickens.

So Where Do Your Chickens Live?

Chickens can live “free range” which means they range freely and roost where ever they feel safe; in a barn, in trees, bushes or anywhere that gets them a couple of feet or more off of the ground. 

They do this because when they sleep, they really sleep… which make it easy for predators to get them also while they have good daytime vision, not so much on the night vision.

This is how they lived before we domesticated them.

If you're raising a small flock of chickens in your backyard, then a chicken coop is going to be a necessary part of chicken ownership.

Chicken Coops, sometimes called Chicken Houses provide a safe and secure environment where your chickens can sleep safely at night, rest during the heat of the day, feel comfortable while laying their eggs, and find shelter from bad weather and predators.

One of the first decisions you will want to make regarding your family’s decision to raise chickens is the type of chickens home you’ll want to provide for your chickens since there is a large variety of housing possibilities available.

When making decisions about the type and size of home you want for your family’s chickens, some of the things you’ll want to consider are

  • The breed of chicken most preferred  
  • The local climate
  • How many chickens you need to house
  • The space available for housing in your backyard
  • How much money to budget for your family’s new chicken venture
  • Whether to start with fertilized eggs, baby chicks or mature laying hens
  • How to protect your chickens from predators that threaten their safety
  • Whether you prefer a portable coop or a permanent chicken coop
  • If you plan to build or buy your first chicken house

Other Items to Consider When Planning a New Home for Your Chickens Are

  • Nesting boxes (this is determined by the number of chickens to be housed)
  • Roosts for sleeping (this is determined by the number of chickens to be housed)
  • Feeders (These are usually kept outside of the coop within the run)
  • Waterers (These are usually kept outside of the coop within the run)
  • Ventilation
  • Lighting
  • Chicken Run (the coop pictured above has a nice, large run attached)
  • Sun and shade 
  • A way to capture chicken poop for garden compost
  • How to best keep your chicken’s new home clean and healthy

As your family discusses these important aspects of preparing for your new chickens, all the family members will be better prepared to welcome your new family members when they arrive. 

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