Caring for hens is fairly easy compared to other pets. Like other animals, chickens are healthier and happier if they live in a clean house (coop). My coop used to be a three-sided barn used for cows. To convert the barn into a coop, we added laying boxes, a roosting area, and put up siding on the open side to help keep them warm in the winter, and to protect them from the south wind. The coop has a dirt floor . I keep a layer of hay over the dirt. Brody and I clean the coop out about once a month and add the used/dirty hay to our compost pile. We add fresh hay or straw and let the girls scratch and peck through fresh hay to find bugs, seeds, or whatever else they might see that appears appetizing. They love fresh hay!!!
|Chicken Coop 2010|