A chicken coop can be understood as a shelter that is used for household rearing of hens. The coop helps to protect the birds against harsh weather conditions. Coops are often filed with straw during freezing winters to insulate the birds against seasonal infections that are commonly prevalent in cold, wet conditions. Sometimes a coop is also called a hen house but there is a slight difference between the two. A hen house is called so because its overall shape has a typical, rural home-like layout with a defined roof section. However, a coop doesn't adhere to any particular shape or design. It can be molded according to personal, landscaping preferences or space restrictions. Besides protecting the birds, chicken coops are critical for the egg-laying process and the overall health of the birds. The presence of a secured, warm area is essential for the eggs to develop properly. The temperature variations during the egg maturation process heavily influence its eventual protein content.
Why should you consider a Backyard Chicken Coop?
With demanding, busy personal lifestyles and an increased dependence upon industrialized foods, a backyard chicken coop presents a sensible, healthy choice. Access to organically developed, fresh food is becoming increasingly difficult. Further, most organic food items are expensive. There is an increasing presence of food items being manipulated with unwanted, chemical additives to enhance their immediate marketability — this includes poultry items like eggs and chicken. Eggs/chicken sourced from home-reared birds are an ideal source of low-fat, unadulterated protein. Some other benefits of developing your own, backyard chicken coop include:
Sizeable Financial Savings
It is commonly misunderstood that poultry items are reasonably priced. Eggs and chicken retailed at supermarkets are sold at substantial profit margins. Further, these two items are an integral part of the daily diet for most households. Eggs in particular are very common as a breakfast item. Therefore, even if you make small savings on your daily supply of eggs, it eventually adds-up into substantial savings in terms of reduced monthly expenditure. Eggs sourced from backyard coops are much cheaper. Starting a coop requires a token amount of initial investment. From then on, minimal maintenance expenditures are required. If you have a small garden of your own, you can use the bird-waste from the coop for making a compost pile (organic manure). This reduces your dependency on using expensive fertilizers — a direct, cost saving.
Usage of Outdoor/Backyard Space
If you are stuck with an outdoor storage space or a shed that is proving difficult to landscape in an affordable manner, a chicken coop could be the solution. It is much easier and faster to develop as compared to other backyard-space usage options like developing a garden. There is no need to buy a retailed coop. You can make your own chicken coop or refurbish a used one. The entire process is less costly, requiring the use of basic, household tools and cheap supplies like lumber and wire-mesh. Further, hard-to-dispose backyard scrap like plastic sheets and leftover paints can be used to customize the appearance of the chicken coop. Your daily refuse from the kitchen can be dried and fed to the birds. Further, the returns are almost immediate as the egg-laying begins within a few weeks. There are minimal restrictions in terms of sizing your coop and you can reduce or multiply the number of birds.