One of the most ignored, but vital choices you can make concerns the location of your chicken sheds. Choosing the wrong spot can cause sickness amongst the flock, decreased numbers of eggs, dirty and sullied eggs, and other damaging consequences.
Error #1: Not Choosing an Area with Sufficient Drainage
Perhaps the one single item that will most often take all the enjoyment out of growing chickens is locating your chicken sheds in areas with deficient water drainage. This can lead to water buildup, sludge, drenched litter, sullied eggs, diseases, and a lower number of eggs produced.
If the water is not able to drain correctly it will result in muddy areas. When chicken droppings are added to the mixture of soil and water, it can yield an unhygienic mire. This can be tracked into the main chicken shed area where the food, water, nest boxes, and litter are located, which will cause the litter to get drenched and the eggs and poultry nests to quickly become sullied. Chickens must be provided with an unpolluted coop to continue being healthy and provide you with lots of eggs.
Error #2: Putting together Chicken Sheds that are Facing A Bad Direction
When making a chicken pen you should face it southward if at all possible. This is mandatory in places where the wintry months are brutal. South facing chicken houses will have the highest sunlight which will serve two very critical purposes. It can keep the chicken sheds a bit warmer through the cold weather which will usually help the interior stay drier. And bear in mind, chicken sheds that are drier will provide you with extra eggs and less illness.
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