If you want to start raising chickens, or you already have some and you want to expand a bit, there are different styles and designs of chicken coops that can help you out. While some of these designs might be a bit over the top for you and your circumstances, there are many variations you can choose from to get the chicken coop that’s perfect for you.
You should consider a few things before you start to build your coop, however, such as the number of chickens you’re planning to have and the space that’s available.
Small chicken coops are great if you’re only going to have a couple of chickens. These kinds of coops are great if you’re planning to keep your chickens as pets and can hold between two to six hens. They’re usually built to look like small sheds or playhouses and have a fence put up around them to keep your chickens from getting into your neighbors’ yards or running off. A small coop can be made portable so it can be moved if needed and is one of the easiest to build.
The medium or mid-sized chicken coop is for someone who wants to have plenty of eggs for their own family. These will hold upwards of 12 to 15 chickens and are pretty much the same style as the small chicken coops.
While they may not be as easy to move if needed, you can make them somewhat modular in design so that you can move them to a new location. The fenced in area will also need to be a bit larger than the small coops as you have more chickens and they will require more area to wander around in.
If you want to sell the eggs and make a profit, you’re going to need a large chicken coop. When it comes to these, your imagination is the limit on size. Most people say that you will need between 6 and 10 square feet per hen for the chicken run.
This means if you’re planning on having 20 hens, you will need at least 2,000 square feet to house them in. If you live in the country and have the land, this won’t be a problem for you. However, if you live in an urban, area then you will probably want a moveable, enclosed coop to keep those pesky wild animals out of your hen’s home.
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