How to Build a Portable Chicken Coop

Chicken coop plan

chicken coop

Did you know that a portable chicken coop is commonly referred to as a chicken tractor? Well if you didn't, you do now and if you didn't chances are you are new to raising chickens. There are a few things you will need to consider before building a portable chicken coop. The first thing you should do, is check your local ordinances to be sure you are able to have chickens to begin with, some cities do not allow you to raise chickens in city limits. If your city or town does allow you to have chickens (there may also be a restriction on the amount of chickens allowed) you are good to go. OK next thing to consider is how many chickens are we talking about, a couple or a couple dozen? The number of chickens you plan to have, will have a large impact on the type and size of portable chicken coop you will need to build. Chances are however, that if you are planning on a couple dozen chickens your coop will most likely not be portable. Where you live will have an impact on the type coop that will be need to protect your chickens from predators as well as the environmental elements. If you live in the city, chances are the only predators that will be of concern will be rats, as rats are attracted to the chicken feed as well as the chicken droppings. They will burrow under the coop and come through the floors wreaking havoc on the interior of the coop. Living in the country or more of a country setting such as rural residential areas you may have to deal with other predators like, fox, hawks, and in desert areas, coyotes all of which would love a tasty meal of chicken. In colder regions you will need to keep their water from freezing in the winter. In the desert regions you will need to make sure the chickens get enough shade and water or they may become stressed and die. So now you know what to look for when building a portable chicken coop. Make sure it is up off the ground and well built to protect your chickens from predators. Be sure there is away to keep water from freezing in winter months, and adequate ventilation in the summer. And the last thing, make sure it is large enough to accommodate the number of chickens you plan to have, overcrowding can stress the chickens, and will reduce their egg-laying abilities. Raising chickens can be quite fun and if done properly can supply you with enough eggs so you will no longer need to purchase them.

by Miriam Rolling – poultry farmer