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Chicken Coops: the best option for your backyard


Keeping chickens has become a popular endeavor from Seattle to Madison, Wis., and New York to Albuquerque, N.M. Being a business of its own, it also faces hardships and of course, laws and regulations.

If you decide to keep chickens anyways, first you have to have in mind the most suitable place for them in the backyard. Some of the regulations that involve chicken keeping are related to the number of chickens, the number of roosters too (however they are usually not permitted) and the space that must be made between a coop and the dwelling. These regulations have been introduced due to issues that have come up in the past, such as noise, sanitary issues and the danger of chickens themselves.

Choosing a Coop Site


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Choose a site for your chicken coop that’s well drained so moisture won’t pool around it. Southern exposure will provide good sun—something every chicken loves. Consider prevailing weather patterns and situate the door appropriately so your coop is protected from wind and rain.

The place for your chicken coop should be dry, moisture-free and exposed to the sun. It’s very important for it to be protected from the wind and rain as well. The best choice that doesn’t require high-maintenance is a pre-fab coop. If you order them, they arrive in a box, prepared to be placed in your backyard immediately. They have a very nice design, usually are made of wood or plastic, which will easily fit into your neighborhood aesthetics. There are some things that you need to put together, to your own taste.

Coops from Scratch


If you prefer building a coop on your own, make sure not to take too much on yourself. And of course, first make a detailed description of every step of the way.

Choosing a Coop Size

The size depends on the number of chickens you intend to place into one coop. It is advised to have 4 square feet per hen, if the chicken is of regular size. These measures refer to space both outside and inside.