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Chicken Coops For Free Range Chickens in Your Backyard

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by Texas State Archives

Free Range Chickens means that the chickens are either totally unfenced or are kept in a field so large that the fences have a little effect on their movement. It is in contrast to a yard, which uses fences to confine the chickens to a smaller area than they would normally use, or confinement, which denies them any access to the outdoors.

Importance of Free Range Chicken
Free range chicken is very important. It proves for a healthier lifestyle and also for happier chickens. They have the ability to roam a large area of space with all liberty. These chickens have ample grass and bugs to pluck from, and have the ability to lay their eggs where they please, not being confined to a small space. If you are looking for in raising your own chickens, then deciding on the perfect chicken house is a very important piece to this process. Because your chickens are “free range”doesn’t means that they also need some form of shelter.

Actually, shelter is just as important for free range chickens as it is for those kept in a coop, if not more important.

When raising free range chicken a big part is that your chickens have the opportunity to pretty much do as they please. Understand that they do still need some form of protection from the natural threats found. Free range chickens need a space that is large enough to roam in, but still keeps them safe at the harms’ way, so fencing in a large area of land is recommended. Another key aspect is a form of shelter for them to retreat to like a chicken coop. Although free range chickens can often be found bathing in the sun, they retreat to safety from rain. A large chicken coop is perfect for free range chickens. In fact, having multiple coops for them to retreat to be a great idea as many times there are a large number of chickens and therefore, need more space.

Choosing a Backyard
When choosing your free range coop take into consideration just how many chickens you plan to keep.

The more you have the more space you need proper care for and are considered a free range. A large and open chicken coop is ideal for free range chicken, that way they can come and go as they please. For chickens, the coop should be large enough to house them, and allow them the opportunity to the free range. Understand that “free range” does not mean that they run around wild, as they put them in harm’s way. It simply means they have a large amount of space to roam with little restrictions. There should be availability of natural light in chicken coop. There should also be plenty of food available for them to graze on throughout the day. Your chickens will feel as close to nature and freedom as possible, without endangering themselves.

By adopting these strategies, you’ll be well on your way to raising your own healthy, happy, free range chickens.
Keep the happy, healthy, eggs laying chickens in your backyard

• Breeds of chickens, including; their suitability for egg laying and meat production, their basic requirements and adaptability to your specific climate, and perhaps most importantly if you have children – their different temperaments and personalities.

• You should know a brief history of chicken keeping and how to determine whether keeping chickens in your own backyard is really the right option for you.

• You should keep an idea in your mind that a complete runs down on what chickens need for really thriving, the costs involved, and how much time you’re really going to need to dedicate to the new additions to your family.

Finally, enjoy nature with your happy chickens by spending time with them, they get to know you and follow you like a dog. They know when you are coming to feed them and they will climb up your legs if you allow them. I have one warning for you, you will get attached to these critters. Happy Chicken Raising!

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Putting Up Fence For Outer Chicken Pen

Putting up fence for outer chicken pen. The inner pen is covered with chicken wire, top and all sides to protect from predators. The chicken house floor is 12 inches above the ground because of the varmits that will dig from the bottom up into the chicken house to devour the birds.

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Chicken Coops – Quality Pays

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by Texas State Archives

Article by Nancy W. Burke

If you’re about to begin raising chickens then you know that it can be a pretty expensive proposition. In addition to getting the birds you will need to have a chicken coop to house them in and fenced in area in which they can run around and exercise.

But even before you decide on what kind of a coop you want you will need to check with your town hall or municipality to make sure that it’s legal for you to have chickens and a chicken coop. And it would be a very good idea to let your neighbors know what you are planning before the fact. This way you will be able to discuss any concerns that they may have before you invest your time and energy.

Once that’s out of the way you can get started.

Your chickens will need a coop to call home. Not only will it provide them shelter from the storm, it will protect them from predators and give them a place to sleep and to nest.

One of the most pleasurable aspects of keeping chickens is seeing them contented and happy. So when you are planning to buy or build a chicken coop for your birds you’ll want to make sure that it’s spacious enough for them to feel comfortable.

The general rule of thumb is that each of your chickens should have at least four square feet of space in the coop. And, because chicken families seem to grow, you should plan to have room for more chickens than you initially plan to raise.

Unless you have a lot of area you are planning to raise a modest amount of chickens. Many people keep between two and four chickens. Remember that chickens thrive on having company, so you’ll want to keep a minimum of two chickens in your coop.

Of course it’s a lot easier to find some great chicken coops on the Internet and have one of them delivered to your doorstep. But, if you need to save some money and are handy with a hammer, a saw, and a screwdriver, then constructing one of these simple structures is probably within your ability.

One of the benefits of building your own chicken coop also means that you can construct exactly the type that you have in mind.

Although building these coops isn’t always a quick and carefree process, you may feel that the benefits of doing it yourself outweigh the ease of purchasing one that has already been pre-built. And, if you’re a control freak, then you can have the control that you crave by crafting your own coop.

Getting down to brass tacks, when you build your own coop you will have to make sure that it is weather tight. Otherwise your birds can get sick and it will all be for naught.

Do not scrimp on the quality of the wood that you use. If you use the best material that is within your budget you will find that you will save money in the long run.

If you choose high quality wood you will actually be able to complete the project more quickly. And, over the course of time, you will save money on repairs.

Some people think that they can save a lot of money by using old, scrap wood. However, they are wrong. If you use old wood you and your birds will quickly find out that you’re letting drafts into the building.

Chickens can get dangerously ill very quickly. Any money you “save” by using scraps will go to medication at best. And, at worst, it will go to replace the birds that have died. And then, unless you replace the coop, the whole cycle will start again.

In addition to spending money on medication and replacement birds, you will have to spend more money and more of your time on repairs when you use inferior material.

So, if you don’t want to repair your hutch every year, start with quality materials. Cutting corners just will not work.

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