One thing though you need to keep in mind is it practical, does it do it's job, are the chickens feeling safe, will they lay eggs etc?
Myself I have had chicken over the years, but now as I live in an apartment it's just not practical, but I plan to one day have them again soon.
Chicken Coop Tips and Tricks of the Trade
The first is dealing with the droppings of the chicken. Cleaning up after your chickens is as important as cleaning up after a pet that lives indoors like a cat or a dog, if not more. Depending on where you live, and the amount of snow that can fall during the winter, your chickens may need to spend the entire day in the coop. Chickens will create more droppings at night than during the day. So with less daylight you will have more droppings. If your coop begins to have too much waste in it, the chickens can become ill and produce less eggs. You will want to put a litter on the bottom of the coop that is high in nitrogen to absorber as much of the droppings as possible.
If the season permits, you can collect leaves from your or your neighbor’s yard to create a stock pile of litter materials for winter to place at the bottom of the coop. The key to keeping the correct composition of the leaves and droppings is to only clear away 70% of the droppings. By not cleaning the litter 100% you leave a portion of already composting starter kit to jump start the new batch of leaves. If you ever wonder when an appropriate time to change the litter is, keep in mind that as the droppings are decomposing, the gas of ammonia is created. This gas can be detrimental to the health of your chickens. So if you smell ammonia, you are well past due on cleaning out your coop.
The second concern is ventilation. Most people are under the impression that chickens and other farm yard foul need to be sealed tight all winter to keep warm. This actually can be a big mistake. Chickens, ducks and geese have several layers of feathers that will keep them warm in temperatures that drop below freezing; as long as they stay dry. If you seal up your coop water tight, humidity will build up in the coop from the decomposition of the droppings. Often times chicken farmers will leave a screen door open all winter to create proper ventilation. The few times that a farmer will shut the coop door are when a blowing snow storm is coming to prevent snow build up inside the building.
By keeping your coop clean and properly ventilated you will help to ensure the health and happiness of your birds. Remember that most chickens that are healthy will lay an egg once a day. If you see a decrease in egg production or your chickens having a flurry of sneezes, that could be a hint that your egg laying friends are not feeling well and need to see a vet. But by properly preparing for the winter, you can greatly reduce the risks of unhappy and unhealthy chickens.
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