Backyard Chicken Farming
If you are looking into the idea of doing a bit of backyard chicken farming then you will an initial idea of what is involved day to day, and what your coop should look like if you are planning to build your own chicken coop.
The truth is that the size and shapes and layouts of chicken coops will vary wildly depending upon how many chickens you intend to keep and how much space you have in your backyard. Generally speaking though, you will need to provide some good covered and secure housing for your chickens overnight. This should have laying boxes and plenty of roosting poles for them to sleep on.
In addition to the secure indoor area, you will also need to be able to let your chickens out into a larger area in your backyard during the day. They need to get exercise, and will enjoy scratching for bugs in the grass and soil. It is not fair to keep your chickens locked up all day or in a confined space. Whats more, the quality and quantity of your eggs will reduce if your chickens are not happy and exercised.
In the video below, Tim goes through his simple morning routine with his backyard chickens. He has plenty of outdoor space for his birds, but the coop itself is a simple, but effective affair. if you have some existing shed buildings you should be able to adapt them in the way Tim has, alternatively you can find plenty of chicken coop plans online if you are building from scratch.
If you keep your chickens in this way you will know that you are getting eggs from happy healthy chickens, that than from battery farmed chickens which live in less happy circumstances.
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