You can help prevent illness in your flock by using good coop management ideas. A little work goes a long way to keeping your hens healthy and happy.
Top ideas for managing your chicken coop.
How to properly manage a chicken coop
- Keep chickens dry
Avoiding muddy puddles in the pen helps prevent the spread of disease and illness
- Nesting boxes
Regularly change the nesting bedding so it is clean to prevent mites and lice.
- Clean the coop
A good clean with natural Apple cider vinegar helps disinfect the coop without toxic chemicals
- Install dropping trays
A dropping tray makes it easy to remove the droppings daily and keep the coop clean
- Install a rodent resistant chicken feeder
Rodents are attracted to feed on the ground. You can help eliminate rodents by using a rodent resistant chicken feeder
- Ensure the coop is well ventilated
Chickens need a well ventilated coop especially in warmer months. So plan the lay out of your coop so it is well ventilated but still offers protection from the wind and drafts.
- Elevate the coop
Elevate the coop so it is off the ground to prevent it becoming damp, cold and also musty inside
- Collect the eggs every day
It is important to collect the eggs regularly so hens do not become broody.
- Install an area for a dust bath
Chickens use a dust bath as a natural way to get rid of mites and lice.
- Ensure adequate shade and hydration.
Chickens need adequate water. Making an egg uses a lot of water. Ensure your chickens always have plenty of water on hand with a good quality Chicken drinkers. Also plan plenty of shaded areas to protect chickens and their water source from the heat of the day.
- Choose the best feed
Top Quality feed offers essential nutrients and protein that chickens need. Also, it doesn't cost a lot. As well as a good quality feed, if you can have an area which allows chickens to forage in grass they will feel right at home.