A Gazillion Chicken Coop Pics To Inspire you in the Creation of your Own.

Create or buy a chicken coop, it’s up to you…

This is one of my smaller chicken coops here at the ranch, I bought it on-line at Murray McMurray Hatchery.

It’s actually two coops and I took out center panel and joined them together. My hens aren’t confined to this coop, they are in a fenced area about 20ft. x 30ft but it’s available to them all day and night. They go in the upper portion to lay their eggs everyday and then return at dusk until dawn.  The upper portion is just a box with a hinged roof for easy egg removal; I don’t put nest boxes in there, only grass hay.  This coop houses 12 birds right now, but the other side is unused, they all sleep together in one box. This coop could easily house 24 birds if they have a yard attached, if you don’t, probably only 6 if you want to keep peace.  In winter I tarp the sides, but if you’re in cold country plywood attached to the sides and top would be a simple task.

BackYardChickens is a great informative site for the novice as well as the experienced poultry keeper, I highly recommend this website! I found all these wonderful coop ideas there.

Remember, one of the best things about building a poultry farm whether large of small is to accomplish it by spending as little money as possible. Something I learned much too late I might add.  Be creative, that so called junk in the garage or shed may prove quite useful once again.

Check out these pics and see what a little creativity can build.

Small Chicken Coops
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Medium Chicken Coops
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Chicken Tractor Coops
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Large Chicken Coops
http://www.backyardchickens.com/chicken-coop-large.html

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The Farm Roosters

Come & Gone….

There are always roosters in the hatch, although they are an unwelcome guest on the ranch, all have been, and will continued to be re-homed.

Why Do Hens Leave the Nest After Laying an Egg?

A Hen Knows Best…

Chickens never lay more than one egg per day. If the eggs are not collected, and a sufficient number of eggs are allowed to remain in the nest, the hen may stop laying eggs and start brooding. When the hen leaves the nest after laying an egg, it cools which suspends the development of the embryo inside. If the temperature remains between 45F and 65F, the embryos will remain viable for as long as two weeks. When the hen becomes broody and sits on her eggs for three weeks, all of the eggs will hatch at about the same time. This is why it is normal for the hen to leave the nest after laying.

Orpington
Buff Orpington: friendly, docile, excellent layer, has broody tendencies

Remember, not all hens will sit on eggs…ever. However, some breeds have very strong tendencies to become broody, or be inclined to incubate eggs.

Here are a few common broody breeds…

•Buff Orpingtons
• Silkies
• Cochins
• Light Brahmas
• Dark Cornish
• Buff Rocks
• Turkens
•Buff Brahmas
• Cuckoo Marans
• Cochin Bantams
• Cornish Bantams