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How to Pick a Chicken Coop Hen House for Your Flock

If you are looking into keeping chickens, proper housing for your chicken flock and a place for them to lay eggs is essential. There are many different types of chicken coop hen houses available on eBay in new and pre-owned condition at affordable prices. Read on to learn more about how to choose what kind of coop will work for your needs.

What type of environment do hens lay in?

Hens like to lay their eggs in small cubby areas called chicken nesting boxes. They generally will not lay in an open space. They want to feel protected while they take the time to lay their eggs, so consider a smaller box area that they can easily get in and out of. Chicken nesting boxes are generally attached to the chicken coop. An important thing to consider when purchasing nesting boxes is what materials they are made from since they will need to be cleaned out about once a week. Some material choices are:

  • Metal: Metal is easy to clean as it can be sprayed out and sanitised with bleach if needed.
  • Plastic: Like metal, plastic can be easily cleaned and sanitised. Unlike metal, plastic will not rust.
  • Wood: Wood is a common material used to build nesting boxes. Keep in mind that wood is harder to clean and sanitise compared to other materials.
How big does your coop need to be?

What size coop you get depends on a few factors. First, will your chickens free range during the day? If so, you just need enough space for them to sleep at night and for them to lay their eggs. If your chickens will always live in the coop, then your coop will need a run area in it so that they have space to get exercise during the day. A good rule of thumb is that free-range chickens need one square foot of space each in their coop while hens that are not free-range need 10 square feet of space in their coop each.

What kind of bedding should you use in your coop?

The most commonly used bedding in a coop is hay or straw. It can be easily raked out when it is time to clean the coop out and composted for the garden. It also should be used in the nesting boxes for the hens to have nesting material.