Hen house – Hotel for chickens
Hen house, as the name implies, houses hens. By definition it is a small building in which hens lay their eggs and where hens stay for most of the time. In the hen house you can see perches where the chickens sleep, and nest boxes which are used for laying the eggs onto. I would divide hen houses onto two types – fresh air houses and closed houses. Fresh air houses provide the chickens good ventilation and lighting. Whereas closed houses usually have doors and windows, but this can sometimes shut off ventilation and lighting, which can be quite unhealthy for the chickens.
There are different materials that can be used for the walls. Note that hay bales, wood, wire, and concrete can be used, just as long as you are still giving proper ventilation. Hen houses should have windows, and you can put screens on it if you can. For hen houses with solid walls, a way of giving proper ventilation is by raising the roof for several inches, just enough for the air to come inside.
People can build hen houses in their very own backyards. They usually built it with chicken wire, which prevents chickens from going out, but at the same time giving the chickens freedom to run and roam around, even if it is just within the fenced area.
I’ve researched and it stems that an ideal size of space allotted for each chicken is from 2 square feet to 4 square feet, but it depends much on a chicken’s breed and size.
In the urban areas, the number of chicken coops has been increasing recently. But, because of the usually cramped area, hen houses can be quite impractical. However, small hen houses are lately available on the market, that are really compact but still allow chickens to go outside of it. It is suitable for people in the urban areas who still wish to grow their organic chickens. These small hen houses have no floors, can be transferred or dragged easily, and are commonly called “chicken tractors”. Small flock of chickens fit on these kinds of hen houses. This makes it more organized and gives an overall tidier look of the place. However, there are some states that have certain laws about raising livestock, and that ban the raising of roosters, but allow it as long as it is at least 20 feet away from dwellings, schools and churches. In conclusion, if you opted for raising hens, you should check my posts on building hen houses, getting hen house designs and blueprints or purchasing pre-build ones.
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