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.
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.
- Chicken Coop for Up to 20 Chickens
- Metal Walk-in Poultry Cage – Good option for warm climates.
- Chicken Coop Plans – So you can build it yourself!
If you want to transform what you have into what you need, see how we did it.
Turn Your Old Shed into a New Chicken Coop
Nesting boxes are where chickens will lay their eggs. You will need 1 box for every handful of hens.
- 3 Hole Metal Chicken Egg Laying Box
- 6 Pack of Large Chicken Nesting Boxes – Hang in your coop where they fit.
- 6 Hole Standard Hen Nest – Nesting boxes and roost.
Chicken roosts are where your hens will perch to sleep at night protected and up off the ground.
- 30 inch Roosting Perches
- A-Frame Roosting Ladder – for small flocks.
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.
- Galvanized Waterer – with Double Wall Founts.
- Hanging Chicken Canteen Waterer – Good for 1-3 chickens.
- Hanging Waterer for Chicken Coop – Holds 2 gallons of water.
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.
- Automatic Chicken Waterer Cups – Use these to turn a plastic bucket into an automatic waterer.
- 1.5 L Waterer Chicken Waterer – Great for warm weather.
- Steel Waterer Feeder – Self Filling Water Trough for Poultry
- 4 Gallon Poultry Drinker – Plastic so good for warm weather only.
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.
- 25-Lbs Capacity Galvanized Chicken Feeder – Good for small flocks.
- Galvanized Hanging Poultry Feeder – good for medium flocks.
- 65-lb Capacity 6-Port feeder – Good for HUGE flocks.
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.
- 10-lb 4-Port Feeder – Good for up to 12 hens
- Plastic Poultry Feeder
- Plastic Fence Feeder – A simple way to feed your flock.
Full Sets for Feeding
- Chicken Feeder Set – with Rain Cover and Valve-Cup Waterer Set
- Automatic Chicken Feeder and Waterer Set – Multiple ports in each
Winter Feed/water additional Supplies
- Poultry Waterer Heated Base
- Rubber feed bowl – Easier to remove frozen water and can stand up to wear and tear.
- Electric Fence Netting – allows your chickens to range while protected.
- Solar Chicken Door – Quite possibly the best money we have ever spent!
- Chicken Toys – Stop winter boredom with a little fun!
- Oyster shell – great for harder shells on eggs.
- Poultry grit – builds stronger shells and aids with digestion.
- Nesting herbs – help keep nesting boxes smelling fresh.
- Dried mealworms – a chicken’s favorite treat!