Monday, March 16, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Coop and Run Requirements

Chicken Tips From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!

Coop and Run Requirements

Lots of people are getting baby chicks for the first time and should know how to set up their coop and run when they move outside.

For The Coop:
Make sure it's waterproof so rain doesn't get inside the coop.

Make sure the wind can't come through because you don't want your chickens to blow out of the coop.

You need a roosting bar so they can sleep.

Make sure you have vents at the top of your coop so that the stinky, poopy smell doesn't make the chickens sick.

You need a nesting box.  You need about one box for every three chickens.

The coop needs to be easy to clean so your back doesn't hurt and then you don't want to clean it anymore and all the poop will pile up.

You need doors that close tight and lock so the predators don't get into your coop and capture the chickens while they are sleeping.

For the Run:
You need a strong fence and door to keep the chickens in and the predators out.  And make sure predators can't dig their way inside!

The run needs a place the chickens can stay dry if it rains. 

The chickens need lots of space so the run should be pretty big.  You need to also make sure they can't fly out.

Thanks for reading!

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