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Archive for February, 2012

How Big Should Chicken Houses With Runs Be?

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Chickens are fantastic pets, so it’s unsurprising that more and more homeowners are embracing the new and very rewarding hobby of keeping chickens as pets. Yet, as with other pets that you may have, there are a few essentials that you need to purchase before bringing your new feathered friends home for the first time, and a place to live is one of them. Chicken houses come in a variety of different styles, colours and sizes – but if you’re struggling to decide which size you need, we here at Cotswold Chickens are able to help.

While they may be covered with warm feathers, chickens need a home to live in; not simply to shelter them from the elements but to also keep them protected from any predators lurking the gardens at night looking for a quick meal. As such, it’s important that you get a sturdy chicken house equipped with a run, but how big should you go?

The Size of the Run

Typically speaking, you should provide one square metre of run for each chicken you have. It’s essential that your chickens have a lot of room outside of their home, as if they are cramped with little room to run around in they will begin to bully each other, especially the smaller birds of the group.

Aside from having enough personal space, the run gives your chickens a chance to get a little exercise which is essential for a healthy lifestyle.

The Size of the House

Now, while it’s important that you have a run with a minimum of one square metre per chicken, in the house it’s a slightly different story. You’ll find that once your chickens settle down for the night, they will huddle together in a group to keep warm and therefore they only require one hand span in the coop.

However, if you know how many chickens you’re intending to bring home, then the vast range of chicken houses we supply at Cotswold Chickens have a handy guide of how many chickens the coop is suitable for. Accompany this with our expertise, and you will have more than enough help to pick the perfect house for your garden design Ascot and your chickens.

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What Makes Good Designs for Chicken Coops?

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

The addition of chickens to a family is becoming popular across the country; asides from having new members in your home, you will also reap the benefits of having delicious fresh eggs for your breakfast. If you’re thinking about investing in chickens, contact one of the team here at Cotswold Chickens to discuss the range of chicken coops we supply. We are your one stop shop for all of your chicken needs, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced keeper of poultry.

We have an experienced team who can offer you professional advice and guidance when it comes to looking after your new chickens so you can rest assured that we will always be on hand to offer you support.

With so many chicken coops to choose from, you may be wondering which will be the best design for your requirements. Read on as we explore some features that make up a well designed coop.

Material

The choice of material that is used for a chicken coops is the first thing you should consider as the structure of your housing needs to be solid for protection against harsh weather conditions and predators such as foxes. We have a choice of coops, so whether you are looking for something traditional and build with wood or want a more contemporary housing solution made from plastic, we have something perfect for you.

Cleaning

It’s vitally important that you keep your chicken coops clean as you need to prevent any build-up of bacteria or bugs as both will have a detrimental effect on the health of your chickens. Some of our coops come fitted with easy clean pull out trays, providing you with a simple method to keeping the housing clean and fresh.

Before you think about bringing chickens into your family, it may be worth considering garden landscaping Northampton to ensure your outside space is fully prepared.

Contact the team here at Cotswold Chickens to discuss the range of chicken coops we have available today. To find out more about the products we supply or if you simply want to know more about keeping chickens, feel free to browse our website.

Disclaimer of Endorsement: Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favouring by Cotswold Chickens. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of Cotswold Chickens, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.