It is essential to select the right coop for your chickens. Your hens must be able to benefit from all the necessary equipment to grow and evolve within their living space. For this, Ducatillon has selected for you henhouses and accessories essential for your animals.
Choosing your hen house
First of all, it is important to choose your hen house according to the number of hens that it will accommodate. Indeed, the number of hens you decide to raise will determine the size of the hen house to choose. Chickens do not require a lot of time, but it is essential to clean the henhouse, for this, choose the number of hens according to your knowledge. If you are a beginner in breeding, it is advisable to start with two or three hens. On the other hand, it is not advisable to have only one hen. Chickens are sociable animals that live in groups, so it is essential to have at least two hens in your coop.
The size of the coop you select will depend not only on the number of hens you decide to keep, but also on the breed of hens you decide to keep. It is advisable to have at least 1m² of space inside the coop for each bantam breed. On the other hand, heavy breeds need at least 2m². These recommendations are recommended for a hen house with an outside access. For hen houses without access to the outside, it is recommended to provide 2m² to 4m² of space. These recommendations are minimal, the more space the hens will have the more they will flourish.
Where to place the hen house?
It is advisable to place your hen house close to the house, for reasons of practicality. Indeed, we recommend that you go to your hen house at least once a day to feed your hens, but also to remove the droppings and collect the eggs. In addition, we recommend that you have access to electricity so that you can add accessories to your coop, such as an electric doorkeeper. In addition, it is preferable to offer your hens an outside access. Finally, it is important to take into consideration the luminosity and the orientation of your hen house. We advise you to orient it to the south and to protect it from the northern winds. Then, we recommend that you provide a shaded shelter so that your hens can protect themselves in case of heat.
Securing the coop
Chickens can fall prey to many predators. That is why it is important to protect them from them. To do this, we advise you to put in place adequate equipment. Indeed, predators must not have any access to your hen house. It is essential to make sure that there is no opening. Furthermore, we advise you to install an electric doorkeeper to be able to close the henhouse at certain times.
Your chickens must have access to water on a daily basis. For this, it is essential to provide a drinking trough in your henhouse. To feed your chickens, you will find on our website a selection of feeders. If you wish to equip your hen house with perches, remember not to place your drinkers and feeders under this equipment. Finally, you will find on the Ducatillon website a selection of nesting boxes, which will allow your hens to lay their eggs in a comfortable way. Indeed, hens want a dark and sheltered place to lay eggs. Moreover, this space should not be too spacious, so that only one hen can go there.