Many backyard chicken owners keep their chickens as pets with an added bonus… Eggs! With a flock of 6 hens, you will have enough eggs each morning for all the family. This will allow for the odd day where one or two birds do not lay.
With the average household having two adults and two children you can be assured that a flock of 6 chickens will provide fresh eggs for your whole family each day.
Choosing a suitable chicken coop can be tricky as there are many factors to consider like size, price, and maintenance. Collecting fresh eggs each day is fun but cleaning their coop each week is not!
So, purchasing a coop that will not only provide the best conditions for your chickens keeping them safe from predators but also warm, and dry and within a tight budget is not easy.
We love the Omlet chicken coop range as they offer instant out of the box setup and have the ability to grow with your flock. They provide the safest possible environment for your chickens in an open backyard. Some even have automatic doors that close at night just in case you forget to shut them in for the night.
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What to consider when buying a chicken coop
When purchasing a chicken coop, you need to think about the size of your flock now and in the future. Often, you’ll start out with a few hens but as time goes on you add more and more birds to your flock as the hunger for more eggs takes hold.
That’s why it’s important to purchase a coop that can be expanded or extended with extra room for more birds. The possibility to add a caged flight area or chicken run as they are often known, is also a good option to have.
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What size coop is suitable for 6 chickens?
We recommend about 2 to 3 square feet per chicken inside the chicken coop and if you have a chicken run, we suggest 3 to 4 square feet per chicken.
Obviously, the more room you can provide the better, but this question is usually related to the room inside the actual coop itself ie: sleeping area.
Chickens and hens like to cuddle up at night and don’t mind being close to each other. It makes them feel safe and also helps keep them warm through colder nights.
As long as they have the room to roam free or run around in safety throughout the day then a small sleeping area at night is fine.
How often should you clean a chicken coop?
Despite what people say about keeping backyard chickens they do require a lot of care and attention. They will need their poop removing every day or two and any leftover food removing daily.
Then you’ll need to replace and clean out their old bedding once a week. With some coops, this can be a real pain. However, the Omlet chicken coop has a removable base that you can simply pull out, empty, and brush clean.
Top Tip: After changing your chicken’s bedding sprinkling some BioDri which will help to sanitize the litter, make it last longer, and it reduces the growth of bacteria, and reduces ammonia from the droppings.
Once a month we suggest taking everything out of the coop and giving it a deep clean. This will include spraying for mites. Nasty little pests that can cause your chickens harm if not removed or killed.
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Should a chicken coop be heated?
A chicken coop does not need to be heated unless you live in a very cold climate. Your chickens will produce their best eggs if they live in temperatures around 40° F.
Chickens will adapt to the cold weather over time. My only concern would be purchasing chickens that have been used to warm conditions then introducing them to very cold weather. That might be a shock to their system.
So, gradually introduce them to the cold and they will naturally adapt. Our chickens love playing and foraging in the snow through the wintertime. As long as we lock them up safely in their coops every night to keep warm and away from predators they are just fine.
Do you need to close a chicken coop door each night?
The biggest threat to chickens is from predators gaining access to their coops or runs late at night (sometimes through the day) and dragging them off to be killed and eaten.
So, you need to make sure you close their coop door as soon as dusk starts to fall. We added a Universal Automatic Chicken Coop Door to our coop just in case we forgot to close the door at night and for when we are away for a short period of time.
This will ensure their safety and protect them from any predator trying to gain access to their coop. It is predator proof and can withstand a lot of punishment and even the most cunning fox.
Benefits of the Omlet Automatic Chicken Coop Door:
- Easy to install, no maintenance required
- Operated by light sensor or timer
- Powered by battery
- Works with all wooden chicken coops
- Improves coop security and insulation
- Compatible with the Eglu Cube
- Reliable in all weather conditions
- Built-in safety sensors
- Can be used with any chicken run or mesh
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Why we picked the Omlet Chicken Coop
We simply picked the Large Omlet Chicken Coop because it’s safe, warm, well build and easy to clean.
It was not the cheapest coop we found. There are plenty of cheaper wooden ones on Amazon (Link) but we feel that they simply won’t last as long as this one or be as easy to clean.
I have owned one now for 3 years and love it. My monthly deep clean is easy. Sprinkle some seed on the grass the chickens run off to forage. I then brush out all the old bedding. Spray some Chicken Coop Odor Eliminator Spray Then hose down with my jet wash and allow to dry before adding new bedding.
There are a lot of options when it comes to bedding. Read our chicken bedding guide here for more information.
And that is it. It takes me less than an hour once a month. A small price to pay for fresh eggs each day.
There are many options when you’re looking to buy a chicken coop suitable for 6 hens. And then there is always the option of building one yourself. But my DIY skills are non-existent so purchasing one was my only option.
Three years now and the Omlet coop is still going strong. I did add the wire caged large chicken run and added some perches for them to sit and play on. They even have a swing!