The hen house is the basic equipment if you keep chickens. Chicken keeping is an increasingly popular activity today, with a desire to get back to nature and many economic and ecological advantages. So, for a successful breeding, you will have to equip yourself accordingly. Discover at Ducatillon our different hen houses adapted to your needs.
What is the purpose of a hen house?
The hen house is the place where your hens sleep and lay their eggs. It is therefore an important element for their survival and productivity. Although there are different types of chicken houses, they all have the same components for feeding, laying and sleeping.
- - Perches: hens sleep high up in the house and are usually placed at the same height to avoid rivalry
- - A nesting box to fill with straw for laying hens
- - A feed trough for food
- - A drinking trough for the hens to drink from
There should also be enough space outside the shelter, ideally on the grass. Depending on the space you have available and its layout, you can get a chicken coop with a screened extension that will allow your hens to be outside while being protected from potential predators.
The coop should provide shelter and protection for the birds. It should also be spacious enough for the hens to live comfortably and flap their wings. There should also be enough space for them to build comfortable nests and have a place to roam.
Where should I put a chicken coop in my garden?
Chickens are extremely vulnerable to environmental hazards, so it is important to be careful about where you place them. First of all, you should make sure that you place your coop in a partially shaded and dry area, as it should never be left in direct sunlight, especially during hot weather. It is advisable to place your coop on grass, as chickens love to peck at the ground. Avoid damp places as well, as chickens do not like humidity.
It should also be noted that owning a hen house requires a relatively large space and needs to be far from neighbouring houses to prevent any noise or odour nuisance. A distance of 30 m between the houses and the henhouse is sufficient.
Discover our range of shelters for your chicken farm. The larger ones can accommodate up to 12 birds.