I started out with 10 beautiful hens, gave 4 to a friend, now im down to 6. I clean their pen out weekly but the dust is simply too much to handle for the other farm animals, im hearing coughing and seeing runny noses from the goats..I didnt realize chickens created such a dust mess! They are lovely hens and im very attatched to them but 3 more are leaving today so I can try and get the dust under control, im hoping less hens will help this. My birds are kept indoor in a horse stall of their very own and have been their since they were 4 months of age. They will be a year in April.
This Spring id like to build them a very small chicken coop in which they will have an outdoor pen attatched. Three hens is my maximum #, I have no plans to ever get more than 3 so id like it to be an easy to manage coop that is preditor safe. Do you recommend I have one built? or would it be just as easy and cost effective to purchase a prefab coop?
I would love to see some of your small coops to get an idea of what might be a good size, safe, cost effective and easy to manage coop.
Please share your thoughts! and photos if you have them :) ...thank you.