Now that you have decided to raise your own chickens, you must find a chicken coop for sale or build your own chicken coop.
Purchasing a chicken coop is a great option if you do not have the time or energy required for building your own.
This somewhat simple task of buying a coop can become daunting though as there are many types and styles of chicken coops available.
There are 3 main factors to consider when buying a chicken coop.
1. Size – Does the chicken coop fit?
Before buying a coop, you need to make sure you have sufficient space in your backyard. Take measurements of your yard, accounting for other outdoor activities. This helps avoid the purchase of an expensive coop which might not even fit in your yard.
2. What about safety of the chickens?
Built-in safety mechanisms are a must if you live in an area known to have predators. These include windows and doors that function properly. A wired fence built around the coop is also ideal, for added protection.
3. Is ventilation of the chicken coop an issue?
Proper ventilation is essential when buying a chicken coop. Without proper ventilation, there can be a build-up of carbon dioxide and ammonia that can damage the health of your chickens and influence the quality of your chicken’s eggs. Also, if the coop is made from wood and is without proper ventilation, the coop will rot from moisture.
There are a variety of chicken coops for sale through the Internet or from local sellers. Before purchasing, be sure to take into account the above and your chickens should be healthy and happy in their environment.
Your next step is to look at the various breeds of chickens available to see which breed of chicken suits you best.