Category Archives: Coops and Housing

Chicken Tractors

Chicken Tractor

Chicken Tractors

Chicken tractors give you some on the benefits of free ranging, without the drawbacks and dangers of full free range chickens. The chicken tractor is, in it’s simplest form, a moveable chicken coop. There are many different philosophies and opinions of how to use the chicken tractor properly to benefit the chickens and the farmer, however today we will just focus on the actual structure.

Chicken Coops

Backyard Chicken Coops Picture

Chicken Coops

The primary purpose of having a chicken coop is to provide your roosters and laying hens with an environment that will protect them from danger and the elements. That’s what chickens need. With this in mind, good chicken coops should be sturdy enough to hold them and protect them from predators. It should also be designed for easy cleaning, should be well-ventilated, and be placed in a location where the temperature remains quite stable. That means that it should not be too hot OR too cold.

Be reminded that the natural environment of chickens is the forest, where they are around greens, bugs and insects. As such, they should have access to fresh grass and forage. However, if this is not possible, you should have a coop that you can move around so that your chickens can be given the opportunity to get the necessary nutrients from the ground.

What Do Chickens Need

What Do Chickens Need?

Congratulations! Your decision to raise chickens is commendable. From eggs to chicken meat to the joy of hearing and seeing them crow, peck and scratch, rearing these birds will give you a lot of benefits. Before you pick up your chickens, you must ask yourself, “What do Chickens Need?”. Chicken raising, however, is a huge responsibility. It’s not enough that you buy them and let them roam around the yard. Your chickens have needs that you need to meet if you want them to survive, breed and give you eggs and meat.

Chicken Roosts

Roosting Flock of Chickens

Chicken Roosts, The Basics

It is the nature of wild chickens to roost in tree limbs to escape predators. This instinctive behavior, however, is still present in domesticated chickens such that even when you put them in confinement, they will find the best chicken roosts available.
Other than perpetuating this basic instinct, the act of roosting also has other benefits for your chickens.Roosting puts your birds far from the ground when they are sleeping. This is one of the basics of what chickens need. Keep in mind that the ground is where most of the harmful bacteria are deposited. Chicken droppings and dung are pooled on the earth and immediately becomes breeding sites for bacteria which can cause illnesses to your birds. Allowing your chicken to spend the night on the ground puts them at greater risk for infections because the ammonia emitted from these droppings can cause respiratory diseases like infectious coryza in your birds.

Urban Chicken Coop

Urban Chicken Coop Picture

Urban Chicken Coop Design

I built this urban chicken coop with the urban chicken keeper in mind. I also wanted something that is more appealing and is semi-mobile.

The chicken coop is an A-frame style with 2 levels to maximize space. Although I like to let my chickens out of their coop during the day, this coop has enough room to comfortably house 4 full size hens.