This is a great example of a big chicken coop! Bigger chicken coops are good for 20 or more birds. A good design for a large coop is 14x8x7 ft, and big enough to walk into. In the example above, the coop is big enough for the child to fit into.
The coop above is our example of a small coop. It is suitable for 2-4 chickens, depending on their size. No matter how small your coop is, you still need to provide the proper security. It's dimensions are 26" x 35" x 38".
This is our example of our chicken tractor. A chicken tractor is designed so the chickens can graze in the set area of grass. Farmers may use chicken tractors in their gardens, because chicken manure is supposedly the best there is. In this picture, they have attached a little chicken coop to the end, though not all tractors have that. Dimensions for the pen are 4'x8'x3'.
Remember- no matter what size your coop or tractor is, it is important to have the following:
Your chicken coop has to be secure from every angle. Any uncovered areas could be guarded by hardware cloth, and remember to have secure locks on all openings so weasels or raccoons don't get in.
|Secure from rodents |
Mice and rats are lulled into coops by the feed and droppings of your flock. Make sure that all openings are closed, especially from the floor and lower sides.
|Ventilation to prevent respiratory diseases |
Your flock needs appropriate ventilation, because chickens and other poultry easily get respiratory diseases. Your coop should not be drafty either.
|Easy clean |
Not a requirement, but it is a bonus if you can easily clean your coop(s) to prevent bugs, pests, and bacteria.
When you decide to raise chickens, it can make a big impact on your life. But the size coop the chickens have will determine the impact on their lives. Here are the basics for coop-building:
Now you know some basics for getting or building your coop. Now you have to consider their run. Will they have an enclosed space, or will they be free range? Below, we have some ideas for your runs:
Here are some links to free and simple chicken coop plans:
*Note- some of these are not plans in and of themselves, but have the steps and processes to them