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ChickenNeeds

Coopinsulatedandheated,meaningwiredforelectricity.Idealtoerronmorespacethannotas
chickenswillspendmoretimeintheircoopduringcoldwintermonthsandnotventureoutside.
o 4feetsquare/birdisideal.
o Naturallightviawindows.
o Doortogainaccessforeggs,cleaning,security.
o Walkwayforchickenaccesstorunduringtheday,andabilitytocloseatnight.
Runenclosedandattachedtoyourcooptoallowbirdstohaveopenaccesstobeingoutside.Run
shouldbeentirelyenclosedwithchickenwireorhardwareclothaspredatorscanalsodigunderneathin
anattempttogainaccesstoyourchickens.
Watererheatedforwinterviametalbaseorinternal,heatedbase.Hangaboutaninchoffthe
beddingsoaideincleanliness.
Feedergravityfed.Hangabout12inchesoffthebeddingtopreventchickensfromgettingintothe
feederandscratchingoutallthefood.
Heatlamps(red)orceramicheaterpanels(seebigboxhomerenovatingstores).Donotuseregular
lightbulbsorwhiteheatlampstoallowyourhenstorestandreturntoegglayingastheirbiological
clockdictates.
Nestboxesaverage1per34hens,ideallysituatedinadarkenedareaofthecoop.
Roostsdependingonthesizeofyourbirds,youwantsomethingtheycanencirclewiththeirfeet
withoutspreadingtoowidely,oroverlappingtheirtoes.Simpleitemsliketreelimbs,broomhandles,
etc.,workjustfine.Mountinyourcoopabout37inchesofftheground,dependingonyourbreedand
abilitytojump.Donotmountthemoverfeeders/waterers.Chickensnaturallylookforthehighest
pointtorestatnightandyoucanarrangeyourroostsatvaryingheightstogetaglimpseintotheir
peckingorder.
Beddingpineshavings.
Additionalforagehayandleavesduringthewintermonthstoprovideforaging.
Gritchickensdonthaveteeth.
Oystershellscalciumsupplement.
Foodscratchgrainsandcrumblesmixedtogether,orallinonefeedhelpsreducewaste.
Treatsseeattachedhandoutonwhat/whatnottofeed,andtheyalsolikemealworms!!
EnrichmentShade,naturalsunlight,companyofotherchickens,areastocreatedustbaths.