Chicken Coop Resource Page

When it comes to raising chickens you may be surprised to know they are pretty self-sufficient. As long as they have a place to get water, feed, shelter and a spot to lay their eggs, they will just find throughout the day on their own. 

This chicken coop resource page will help you to find the tools you need to create a safe and secure coop for your chickens.

A well-built chicken coop makes happy chickens.

The trick to a happy flock of chickens is to ensure they are healthy and happy year round. And the best way to do that is to ensure you are giving them fresh water and food every day.

Before you invest in the tools you need to stock your chicken coop be sure you are purchasing the best option for the size of your flock and where you live.

Let’s break it down.

Chicken Coop Resource Page

Let’s start with housing because how you protect your flock from weather and the predators is the most important part of backyard chickens.

All in one coops

If you have a small flock or you are just starting out, all in one coops may be a good way to go. A more expensive option, for sure, but a much faster one as well.

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Nesting Boxes

Nesting boxes are where chickens will lay their eggs. You will need 1 box for every handful of hens.

Chicken Roost

Chicken roosts are where your hens will perch to sleep at night protected and up off the ground.

Chicken Waterers and Feeders

There are several types of waterers and feeders on the market and I will go over each for you quickly here. Just know that the weather and the size of you flock will be the deciding factor in your decisions.

Galvanized chicken waterer 

This is a heavy-duty waterer that you can fill and hang in the chicken coop. This waterer is pretty rugged although I have seen it rust up after a time. This option does not work in cold climates since the water will freeze overnight and getting it out is nearly impossible without damaging the waterer. 

Plastic chicken waterer

This is a thick plastic waterer that you can also fill and hang like the galvanized steel option. This is a much more affordable option but it does not hold up well in cold climates. When the water freezes this type of waterer tends to crack quite quickly.

Galvanized Steel Feeders

Made just like the waterer this is a more expensive yet pretty durable option. I purchased ours over a decade ago and it is still going strong. It works well with pellets, crumbles, or any other type of chicken feed. This feeder is all one piece and can be a bit difficult to clean. 

Plastic feeders

A cheaper option compared to the steel feeder. It works the same way and does well with all types of chicken feed. It does not, however, stand up quite a well to chicken pecking and their sharp beaks. I have found, over the years, that the pecking takes a toll and my feeder has many dents and even small holes in it now.

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