If you have been thinking about raising chickens so that you can produce nutritious eggs for the table you should provide chicken arks, hen houses, or chicken coops for your small flock of chickens

If you have been thinking about raising chickens so that you can produce nutritious eggs for the table you should provide chicken arks, hen houses, or chicken coops for your small flock of chickens. Which type of home you give them will depend on your unique circumstances and priorities. Your selection will be determined by a number of items such as how much cash you have to use and the number of chickens you will want to keep.

Let us begin by defining the terms chicken coops, chicken arks, and hen houses. A hen house and a chicken coop are one and the same; the terms are used interchangeably. They are houses manufactured and positioned in a stationary location. What differentiates an ark from the others is its portability. Chicken arks are portable and are painlessly transported from one spot to another.

If you wish to raise a large number of chickens you will most likely need a permanently situated poultry house. Chicken arks will easily hold 3 or 4 birds, but you can often keep 2 or 3 more than this in some instances. Successfully raising more chickens than this will require several chicken arks or a larger coop.

Chicken Arks

There are a few advantages to each style of chicken housing and being aware of these can make your decision simpler. Arks don’t require lots of building materials, are fairly low-cost to construct, and can easily be constructed in a solitary afternoon. However, their biggest advantage is their portability which offers several benefits.

Arks use the soil as their floor so your birds will have the ability to scratch around for some of their own nourishment. Permitting them to consume plants and bugs, along with a premium pre-bought feed, will supply them with a healthy diet that is able to keep them happy and healthy. In addition, an ark will slash your feed expenditures since the birds will be picking up some of their food at no cost. Cleanup will also be easier with this kind of structure since there won’t be any at all. Each time one spot becomes overused it’s a painless chore to drag the ark to a brand new spot where more succulent vegetation  and bugs can be eaten.

Hen Houses and Chicken Coops

Clearly, one key advantage of a coop is its size. It can hold however many birds as you would like. Furthermore, since it will forever be located in the same place you can abolish a good amount of work that is required with an ark. For example, with an appropriate set of blueprints you will be able to place a hinged opening or door close to the poultry nests so that fresh organic eggs can be collected from the exterior of the coop without the need to enter the interior.

With a permanently placed hen house you can hook up a labor-reducing automatic watering system. It is a simple task to connect a small hose from a close water source to your waterers to provide them water automatically. With an ark you will need to change the water each and every day, but this job can be all but eliminated with a coop.

Poultry feeders can be larger since they are located in a stationary (permanent) place inside the chicken shed and will never need to be moved. This will give you an opportunity to use bigger feeders that store extra feed. Utilizing huge feeders will make every day feeding unnecessary. Depending on the quantity of hens you are raising, you can go a week or two without the need to add feed. With an automatically controlled watering system and a big feeder you might be able to an extended period of time without the need for any labor.

With smart planning you can often eliminate cleanup duties almost entirely. Creating your coop a foot or two above the soil, utilizing chicken wire for the floor, will allow droppings to plunge through the wire floor to the ground. This will eliminate the need for regular cleaning and will additionally keep the chicken droppings away from the chickens completely.

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