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So, you want to add chickens or ducks to your farm. One of the things you will need is a shelter for them. There are many chicken coop designs out there, but which one is the best?
The best one I’ve found is a plan that is wide open. What does that mean? Open floor space and spacious. Room to grow or section off. See unless you’re set on only one type of bird and will never need to separate some for any reason, you’ll need to change the floor plan.
That said there are a few things the coop will need. For chickens you will need roosting bars. Old broom/shovel handles work well, or 2x4s. Just make sure its not smooth and is well fixed. Ducks or geese do not need roosts.
All birds will appreciate nesting boxes. Chickens prefer ones up off the ground. The water birds, turkeys, and guineas prefer to nest on the ground. All want private place if possible.
Water is optional in the coop but needed outside. I keep the feed inside the coop to protect it from weather and extra critters wanting an easy meal.
The other thing that will be beneficial is movable panels or boards. Both my barns are open floor with roosts and nesting boxes/shelves on the sides and above. The floor itself is often divided up with movable panels.
The hen house has the ground divided up into 3 parts, with wire panels, one for the geese, one for the turkeys, and one for the ducks. Mainly to keep the duck’s content. The nursery barn has solid panels, to divide up into brooder boxes and keep areas warmer. I can also split off a hospital pen if needed.
You don’t need the fancy stuff. A bird house can be simple and honestly, simple is more adaptable and better in the long run.
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