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A species-appropriate and beautiful chicken home is particularly important in chicken farming. A well-designed chicken coop with a large run offers your chickens additional comfort and effective protection against predators and weather fluctuations.
If you want to keep chickens in the garden, then you should offer you a nice chicken coop with plenty of exercise. A chicken coop has other functions in addition to sleeping: The chicken coop serves as a laying place for eggs, as a feeding place or as a lounge in bad weather.
In the following sections we will show you how you can give your chickens a happy life and sufficient freedom of movement in the hen house. Your chickens will thank you for their health and give your tasty chicken eggs.
Buy chicken coop: How to determine the need
In the specialized trade innumerable chicken coops are offered in different colors, shapes and materials. To narrow down the large selection of chicken coops and to determine the optimal chicken coop, the following questions can help you:
- Where do I want to set up the chicken coop?
- How big is my garden in which I want to place the chicken coop?
- How many chickens do I want to keep in the hen house?
- Should the chicken coop have an outdoor enclosure?
- How much money do I want to spend on the chicken coop?
- Does the chicken coop guarantee the safety of my chickens?
- What materials should the chicken coop consist of?
In the Agrarzone poultry shop you will find, without exception, high-quality and practical chicken coops, tailored to the species-appropriate needs of chickens. With a free-range pen or a separate laying nest with its own access - Our chicken coops not only look delightful, they also give your chickens a happy chicken life with enough space in your garden.
Buying a hen house: 10 Things to consider when buying a hen house
1. Size of the hen house:
In order to enable your chickens to be kept in a chicken-friendly manner, the chicken coop should have enough space and an outdoor pen for chickens. The size of the hen house depends on the chicken breed: The bigger the chicken, the bigger the hen house. So you should know which chicken breed and how many chickens you want to keep before you buy the hen house. Based on this, you can then calculate the size of the optimal chicken coop:
- Big chickens: 1 square meter for max. 3 chickens
- Medium-sized chickens: 1 square meter for max. 4 chickens
- Small chickens: 1 square meter for max. 6 chickens
The scraping area should make up about a third of this area and the bedding should be strewn about 10 to 15 cm high.
The basic sizes listed above serve as minimum values and should not be fully exploited. The more space your chickens have, the better. Because a rich amount of space ensures satisfied chickens and a good laying performance with particularly tasty chicken eggs.
2. Calculate the chicken outdoor pen:
A large outdoor pen for chickens ensures harmony in the chicken group. For the outdoor pen for chickens, between 10 square meters (minimum) and 20 square meters per animal are recommended. Here too, the more open space for the chickens, the greater the well-being of your animals.
Good to know: To determine the optimal space requirement in the outdoor pen, you should consider these two factors: Urge to move your chickens & the ranking in the chicken group. Chickens feel particularly happy when whey can spend the whole day picking and cackling in the garden to eat tasty worms and grasses. The rank order (pecking order) is clarified from time to time through rank fights in the chicken group. The chickens need enough space so that these fights do not degenerate and the chickens can avoid each other in the event of a dispute.
3. Location selection:
A chicken-friendly climate in the hen house promotes the healthy development of your chickens and ensures high-quality fresh eggs. Chickens like to enjoy sunlight and want it to be dry at the same time. Before buying a chicken house, choose a sheltered place in the garden that offers sun and at the same time allows a shady spot. You should make sure that the chicken house is not in the blazing sun. So that the base plate does not rot, we also recommend that you raise the chicken coop higher.
Our tip: Plan in advance exactly where you want to set up the chicken coop and also take into account a generously dimensioned outdoor enclosure for chickens.
4. Window and ventilation area determine:
In order to flood your chicken coop with sufficient daylight, you can make a simple calculation: for each square meter of barn area, include 0.2 square meters of window area. You should secure windows and ventilation slots in the chicken coop with bars against intruders such as mader and foxes.
5. Measure the size of the nest:
Chickens need a laying nest to lay eggs. The size of the nest should depend on the breed of chicken. For small chickens, for example, a laying nest with 30 x 30 cm is sufficient, whereas large chicken breeds need a laying nest of about 40 x 40 cm. A nest is sufficient for approx. 3-4 chickens.
Laying nests are available as individual laying nest and as group laying nest and in different versions (like laying nest wood, laying nest plastic, laying nest plastic and metal). Make sure that the litter floor is removable. This makes cleaning easier.
6. Determine the need for perches:
Chickens need perches for optimal sleeping. Allow around 25 cm - 30 cm per chicken including empty spaces. The perches for your chickens are ideally octagonal with a diameter of 4 cm - 6 cm. However, the perches should not be made of round or rectangular wood, as the chickens have problems holding onto round rods and rectangular rods permanently damage the joints.
When assembling, make sure to attach the perches at a height of 50 cm to 100 cm and at least one tail length from the rear wall. How to prevent injuries. Also make sure to mount the perches at the same height so that there is no struggle for rank.
7. Correct choice of materials:
Your hen house materials should be tough and easy to clean. Various hardwoods are suitable for this, glazed with water-based wood preservation paints or eco-plastics made from a wood-plastic mixture. The bottom of your chicken coop should be covered with sand, sawdust, wood chips or straw so that the animals can keep up with their natural scratching instinct.
8. Isolate chicken coop:
The temperature in the chicken house should not drop below 5 degrees. You can do this with appropriate insulation or in cold areas with a heat lamp for the chicken coop.
9. Good access for you:
Your chicken coop should have a hinged roof, separately lockable side doors and an access flap to the nesting area. This makes cleaning and egg collection easier for you and the animals feel less disturbed.
10. Sliding window for air circulation:
Your chicken coop should have a sliding window with a protective grille. This way you keep unwanted intruders like fox and mader away and can still provide healthy fresh air in the hen house.
These accessories from Agrarzone match your chicken coop:
Automatic chicken door: The door to your chicken coop opens and closes automatically with an automatic chicken door so that your chickens get enough free run.
Outdoor pen: At Agrarzone we have a large selection of outdoor enclosures, which offer your chickens a species-appropriate run. Thanks to the close-meshed bars, the free-range pen also protects your poultry from natural enemies such as martens, foxes or more.
Chicken fence: With a chicken fence (also poultry fence) you can keep your poultry safely in a designated area. Whether for protection against predators or against being fed out, with a poultry fence you can give your chickens & co. free space to walk without having to worry about safety. A chicken fence is available in electrifiable and non-electrifiable versions.
Feeding trough & automatic feeder: With a practical feeding trough for poultry, poultry feeding can be in no time at all. A well thought-out feeding concept saves a lot of valuable time and money, especially for large farms that house several hundred poultry. In private poultry farming, planned feeding also makes work in the chicken coop easier.
Laying nest: Laying nests provide chickens with a clean environment for laying eggs and are made of plastic, wood or plastic / metal. Thanks to removable shelves, nest boxes can be cleaned quickly and easily.
Poultry waterer: Whether you are keeping chickens, quail, geese, ducks or other poultry: A poultry waterer is a practical investment for both private chicken farming and commercial poultry farming. In our extensive range you are guaranteed to find the right poultry waterer for your poultry.
Infrared reflector: Nest heat is particularly important for chick rearing and for sick chickens. Our heat lamps have enough ventilation slots for better air circulation and are sometimes available with an economy switch. So you can create a cozy nest warmth for your animals. Even in the cold winter months, a Infrared reflector is a sensible investment for your chicken coop.
Chicken feed: Whether good laying performance, poultry fattening or safe and controlled chicken rearing - with us you will find chicken-friendly and balanced poultry food for chicks, pullets and adult chickens.
Poultry transport box: You must be able to transport your chickens safely to visit the vet or move to a stable. You can do this with a poultry transport box and your chickens arrive safely at their destination.
- Hygiene & Cleanliness: A clean home is particularly important for successful chicken breeding. With a broom, bucket, shovel, Squeegee & Pusher and suitable work clothes, the chick home is clean in no time!
Chicken coop in winter: Make the chicken coop winterproof
To ensure that your chickens feel comfortable in the hen house even at cold temperatures and at best even lay hen eggs, you should make the hen house winter-proof before winter. Ideally, you should start preparing your chicken coop for winter in October. This gives you enough time to protect your chicken coop from winter.
These steps are necessary to protect your chicken coop in winter:
- Cleanliness & hygiene in the hen house & outdoor pen
- Correct existing defects
- Integrate the heat source in the chicken coop
- Prepare the chickens for winter
1. Cleanliness & hygiene in the hen house & outdoor pen
In order to prepare your chicken coop and the outdoor enclosure for the winter, you should carry out a basic cleaning.
Clean the chicken coop with a broom, bucket, shovel & Squeegee & Pusher and remove all the bedding.
- Now clean all the facilities in the hen house, like the perches and the chicken ladder. Also sweep away the walls and clear the nest from dirt.
- Fresh water and feed should be available to your poultry even on cold winter days. It is not uncommon for the water in the poultry waterer or the chicken feed to freeze and the animals can no longer use it. So that water and chicken feed do not freeze even in the cold winter months, poultry waterer heaters in the chicken coop & outdoor enclosure provide an effective remedy.
- Sweep the leaves in the chicken enclosure and close deep holes, which can become a real mud pit when it rains.
- If you want to do something good for your chickens, you can also set up a thermo chicken coop with integrated heating for the winter. The Kerbl Thermo chicken coop NoFrost is well insulated, winterproof and keeps the poultry coop frost-free thanks to integrated heating coils.
2. Correct existing defects - Design the chicken house and outlet without defects
Damage can occur in the chicken coop and the outdoor enclosure during the year, which you should repair before winter if possible.
Before the winter, check the chicken fence around the chicken pen to keep natural predators away and to prevent your feathered friends from ripping out.
Are there any defects in the chicken coop? Check that the chicken coop is properly connected to the roof so that it can withstand the snow load in winter. You should also check whether the roof of the chicken coop is really tight. Seal holes and cracks so that the heat is retained in the chicken coop even during winter and the chickens are not disturbed by any unpleasant drafts.
- Put your chicken coop higher so that no moisture can penetrate through the bottom of the chicken coop. Ideally, when buying a hen house, make sure that the hen house is higher.
3. Integrate the heat source in the chicken coop
In winter most chickens can cope with the icy frost. Nevertheless, it is advisable to integrate a suitable heat source in the chicken coop and especially in the area of the laying nests. Suitable infrared reflectors ensure cozy warmth in the hen house. Our heat lamps have enough ventilation slots for better air circulation and some are available with an economy switch.
Popular infrared reflectors and lamps:
- Infrared reflector with 2.5 m cable
- Infrared Reflector Alu with Saver Switch
- Infrared reflector with 50 m cable 35 cm reflector
4. Prepare the chickens for winter
So that your chickens survive the cold season vitally and cheerfully, you should give the animals nutrient-rich chicken feed as early as autumn. A rich chicken feed ensures that the chickens can eat enough fat reserves until winter.
As the days get shorter and the nights get longer in winter, you should open the chicken coop door later in the morning and earlier in the evening. This keeps the frost out and your chickens are cozy and warm. If you use an automatic chicken door, you can simply reprogram the timer. The chickens only need a few days to get used to the new times.
If your chickens have a free run in the chicken enclosure every day in winter, you can set up a few protected, warm chicken nests in which the poultry can snuggle up. For this you use simple wooden boxes, which you line with a thick layer of straw.
Practical products for poultry farming & chick rearing:
- Chicken Feed
- Electric fence for Poultry
- Chicken Door
- Poultry Rearing
- Poultry Waterer
- Chicken Coop
- Feeding Trough Poultry
- Poultry Transport Box
- Grain Mill
- Plucking Machine
- Poultry Accessories
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