What You Need to Know About Building A Chicken Coop On Your Farm

In the past, almost every farm in New Zealand had a separate chicken house. Typically, it was a long narrow building with windows on one side (usually east or south), a door for the farmer and smaller doors for chickens to come in and out. Because chickens like to sleep in the same place, they would come back every day even if they can roam absolutely freely.

Product images for Wells Poultry (Wales) ltdIf your property has such a chicken house or an unused shed or an old barn, you can convert them into chicken housing without putting much effort into it.

If you don’t have any buildings on your farm property that you can convert into a coop, you will need to decide on what kind of housing you will get for your chickens.

One of the things that you need to know about chickens is that they really should have their own housing. Their feathers create dust that is not good for humans to inhale. Chickens also can carry salmonella and other bacteria that can be harmful to both humans and animals.

You should keep chickens away from pigs, goats, and turkeys. It is okay to keep chicken next to sheep.

Chickens learn to keep away from cows. A chicken/cow rotation system can be beneficial for a number of reasons, including control of the fly population and usage of the same pastures.

Two factors that can make the lives of chickens uncomfortable are exposure to the wind and staying wet. Chickens need a place that keeps them dry when it’s raining. If you have such a place, you won’t have to do anything else to keep the chickens inside when the weather conditions are not ideal: the chickens will come inside on their own when it starts to rain. Chickens are most comfortable when the temperature is between 40F and 85F. Outside of this range egg production is likely to drop significantly.