If you haven't already, check out our new post on Instagram where we're giving away a coop with Omlet USA! In honor of our first giveaway, we thought it would be fun to dedicate a blog post all about chicken coops, so here are some important facts you need to know!
Space is Important
In order for your flock to stay healthy and happy, they need enough space. The size of your coop will vary depending on how many chickens are in your flock. In an ideal situation, each chicken needs at least three feet of space, so if you have five chickens, then you'll need about 15 feet of interior space for your chickens. Also, each coop needs to have a nesting, feeding and roosting area.
It's important to have doors for the interior and exterior of your coop so you're able to clean it properly. It doesn't matter if it's a mobile or stable coop, you still need those access points.
Amount of Nesting Boxes
There should be a nesting box for every four hens that you have. Although your nesting boxes don't have to be that large, you want enough room for your hens to be comfortable in order to lay eggs. You'll also want to lay down some straw or hay.
Windows and Ventilation
Temperatures rise in the summer, so your chickens need to be able to get fresh air inside of the coop for proper circulation. If you want to leave those windows open, make sure they have wires installed so you don't have any runaway chickens and also to protect them from predators.
Where Should the Feeder Go?
You'll want your feeder to be at a higher elevation to prevent any dirt or dust from getting into the food.
If you're able to create a storage area to keep food, straw or anything else they need, that's always a plus! However, make sure you seal those things up tightly to prevent any bugs or insects from getting inside.
Check out our Instagram if you want the chance to win a coop from Omlet USA!