Raising chickens can be a fantastic and joyous experience, and chickens can even provide you with breakfast in return. However, unlike cats or dogs, chickens require special coops so that they can nest, roost, and be safe at night. Having a custom chicken coop made for your flock can be a necessity, but there are some things to consider before purchasing one.
1. Think About Your Time Frame
It takes about eight weeks to create new or custom Amish furniture, and this also extends to things like custom chicken coops. Consider when you will be getting your chickens, and if your custom coop will be ready by then. If your chickens are arriving sooner or if you already have them, it’s important that you have a temporary space set up to keep predators away from them at night until you can have your custom coop installed.
Depending on how many chickens you’re planning on raising, you will need to consider how large your custom coop will need to be. Each bird should have at least four square feet of space, meaning four hens will need a coop of at least 16 square feet, preferably more to include the extra necessities. If chickens aren’t given enough space then they could develop antisocial behaviors, such as pecking, which is something you want to avoid.
3. Nesting Boxes
All custom chicken coops are made to deliver exactly what you need, and you will definitely need nesting boxes. You should always have at least one nesting box for every three to four hens. Consider how many chickens you are going to be raising so that you can specify exactly how many of these boxes your custom coop needs.
4. Add a Run
Adding a run to your chicken coops is another important addition to consider, and there should be at least eight square feet per bird here. Runs are important for allowing your chickens to move around without you needing to worry about them wandering off. Although some chicken owners enjoy being able to let their hens out into the yard, until they are acclimated to their new home, it’s always good to rely on your run.
While Amish-made custom chicken coops are made to last, it’s still important to keep security in mind as many predators target chickens, especially at night. Even if your coop is secure, you may want to consider the placement of it, to help ensure that it’s even more protected from foxes, weasels, and coyotes. Having it near your home can help keep it safer, as can adding additional fencing around your property. Consider the size of your yard, as well as the predators in your area, so that you can design the safest coop possible and be able to place it in the safest areas.
Chickens are a joy to raise, but they do require a bit of forethought before bringing them home. Investing in a custom coop can be one of the best ways to keep your hens safe, secure, and happy.