From quaint little hen houses to functional starter coops, there is a broad range of styles to choose from when you keep poultry.
Keeping your animals safe, comfortable and warm during the winter is your top priority. Whether you have two chickens or six, you need to think about what will be the best possible option for them. Whether you favour a stylish design or a more traditional take on a coop, there is sure to be something here that will suit your garden space.
As any chicken owner knows, there are a few different breeds of poultry out there. You ought to consider the size of the chickens you keep. That way, you can make sure that you get the right house for them. It is crucial that you don't make the mistake of taking a 'one size fits all' attitude when you choose a coop for your garden. The animals need space to move around during the day, but they also need space to sleep at night. You should consider both of these things before you buy a coop. That way, you can avoid getting a house that will be unsuitable for your poultry.
Most chickens tend to perch when they sleep, and so you might want to look for a house that have different levels. That will mean that your chickens are comfortable throughout the night. It will also give them some variety during the day when they are moving around the coop. Some of our beautifully crafted houses, such as The Sally Hen House, have levels so that your chickens can roam around with ease. Remember, birds need space, and so you need to find a house that is spacious enough for your hens. In general, you need to make sure that each bird has at least a square metre of room in the coop. If you use this idea as a guide, you should have no issues finding the right coop for your birds.
It is also worth seeing what size the nest box is before you buy a house. Nest boxes are cosy little corners where your birds can settle down and lay eggs. If there is no space for your chickens to do so, they will likely find their environment distressing. All our high-quality coops have ample nest boxes, which should be ideal for your birds. Of course, you have to consider how many birds can fit in the space. If you have more than three chickens, it may be worth getting two boxes so that you can be sure each has enough room. You should also make sure that there is appropriate ventilation in each coop so that your birds can stay cool during the summer. As we all know, the summer months can be super hot for chickens.
If you want to do what's right for your animals, you need to choose a coop or house that suits them. Here at Animal Hutch in Ardglass we have an array of unique boxes for any chickens. Take a look at the selection and ensure that you consider what's best for your animals. We are confident that you will find something that's just perfect for your poultry!