Keeping chickens is widely becoming a progressively popular pastime. If you have recently or are considering joining the already hundreds of homeowners who have donated their gardens and lifestyle to chickens, then you will undoubtedly require a high quality chicken coop, house and/or run to provide your new birds with a comfortable, cosy, and loving forever home to live in. Here at LargeChickenCoops.com we specialize in supplying well made well presented and robust chicken coops within the USA. If you want to rest assure that your chickens will remain happy, we recommend that you treat them to a comfortable stay in one of our wide selection of chicken coops. We have a varied and high quality selection of chicken coops for sale through our website.
All of which can be shipped quickly and safely.The lower costing selection of chicken coops ensure that you don’t need a large budget to house your chickens in a comfortable high quality home. We also have an extensive range of available higher priced coops if you’re looking to go all out. Chicken coops must always provide sufficient protection and shelter from the elements. Chicken coops must be large enough for the hens to live comfortably by providing them with enough room to walk about, build comfortable nests and flap their wings. Chicken coops must also provide sufficient warmth through a variety of insulation and heat sources such as heat lamps, or additional bedding or nesting material.
What Size Do I Need? The size of a chicken coop is entirely determined by the number of chickens you are planning on keeping. A chicken coop measuring around 1.5 m x 2 m should be adequate for around six chickens. If a run is attached to the coop it will always make home for up to 12 hens or more.
Extra Space: For many reasons additional space separated from the main chicken coop is essential for maintaining these hardy birds. Usual situations which require additional chicken coops include when brooding hens need to be removed from egg-laying hens or when roosters and cockerels need to be separated from hens, or even for quarantining sick flock and even for separating new chickens in order to slowly introduce them to the flock and pecking ranks.
Typical Designs: Chicken runs are often attached to chicken coops. When weather or predators burden your flock from roaming freely, a chicken run allows birds to move freely in a protected outdoor vicinity. A 3 to 6 square feet of run/space per bird, is sufficient, however more is always better.
Features: Chicken coops must always provide basic shelter and protection with a sturdy floor, strong walls, a solid roof and doors, plus windows or a method of ventilation. All chicken coops must present nest boxes and a roost. Some chicken coops feature feeders and waterers inside the coop. Poultry keepers who feed outdoors or by hand may not designate space for feeders or waterers within the coop itself. Many chicken coops provide ramps for the hens to access their nests, the coop itself, or an array of other features within the chicken coop.
The roost is a straight solid bar within the chicken coop where chickens typically decide to sleep at night. The roost replicates a tree branch that your birds would instinctively want to perch on at night. You should aim to provide 12 inches of roost per bird, and secure the roost bar as high off the ground as your chicken coop allows. It’s not recommended to put the roost bar above feeders and waterers or open top nests since there runs the risk of a high frequency in roost droppings.To learn more about our large chicken coops for sale visit the Our Coops page.