Portable chicken coops have several advantages for new or aspiring chicken farmers. These advantages include free fertilizer, pest control and best of all fresh eggs.
In case you’re wondering, you don’t need a large farm or several acres to devote to your chickens. There are many designs that will easily fit into your backyard even if you live in a large city.
Portable chicken coops may also be referred to as chicken tractors. Some chicken tractor designs even have wheels for ease of movement when your chickens need a fresh patch of grass. Chicken tractors are frequently built in an A shape and some are minus a bottom.
You should check your city ordinances before you even consider installing portable chicken coops in your backyard. Some cities prohibit raising livestock so you will need to make sure that your municipality permits the raising of chickens.
You will want to make sure that you aren’t breaking any laws by keeping chickens on your property. Even if there are no city ordinances preventing you from raising livestock, you should still keep your chicken coop looking and smelling nice so you don’t annoy your neighbors.
Something else to consider before you set up your portable chicken coop is what will happen to your hens once their egg-laying years have past. Hens cease to produce eggs around the age of six or seven but their average lifespan is about fifteen years. This is a very important consideration if you will be housing just a few chickens in your backyard and will be keeping them for egg production.
If you have purchased or plan on building a portable chicken coop, you will need to provide your chickens with adequate protection from the elements. This shelter should be a source of warmth during colder seasons.
You should insulate your chicken coop or use a heat lamp to keep your hens warm. Some chicken farmers even move their portable chicken coops into garages or sheds to temporarily protect their hens from the elements or to prevent predators from easily accessing them.
Also bear in mind is that you will need straw, pine needles or some type of padding to place in the bottom of your nest boxes. The eggs are less likely to crack if there is some padding underneath the hens.
Prior to setting up your portable chicken coop, another consideration is how you will protect it from rats and mice. You can’t always completely protect your portable chicken coops, but you can take precautions such as covering holes and gaps with sheet metal, feeding your chickens in the early morning and late afternoon, and only feeding chickens what they will eat.
As you can see, before you set up portable chicken coops in your backyard, there are some special considerations you need to make so you don’t end up as an unhappy chicken farmer.
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