Where In My Backyard Should I Put My Chicken Coop?

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 01 December 2018

Painted mansion backyard chicken coop

Just got your hot little hands on one of our amazing chicken coops? Maybe you’re planning to get one. Well, here are some tips on where the prime coop spot will be in your backyard. You know what they say - location, location, location!

Access to sunlight:

It’s a good idea to put the coop somewhere where it is partially shaded, and partially in the sun. This means your chickens can beat the heat when it’s getting a bit toasty, as well as bask in the sunlight when they want to catch some rays.

Fresh grass underneath their feet:

Having some fresh grass in the run will do wonders for your flock - and for your grass! The chickens will fertilise the grass with their droppings, keeping it green and growing healthily - plus the chickens will gobble up any insects, grubs and worms- which are a brilliant source of protein for our feathered friends!

A nice dust patch for a bath:

If your chickens are going to be in the run for the majority of the day, then they’ll need a patch of dust in which to dust bathe - so they can clean themselves and get rid of any parasites or creepy crawlies! Making sure the run is over a nice patch of dust, or putting some into the run will ensure they can keep themselves at the height of hygiene! Read more on the importance of dust bathing for your chickens here.

Solid ground underneath:

Got known chicken predators in your area such as foxes? Well, make sure you’ve got your coop on sturdy hard ground that won’t be easy for them to burrow under. Better yet, put your chicken coop on a concrete slab - it won’t be easy for any predators to sneak up underneath it then!

Don’t think that where the coop is set up needs to be its permanent spot - our Taj Mahal and Penthouse coops can easy be moved around the backyard. So if the best spot for your coop changes, or you want your chickens to have access to fresh grass, you can easily maneuver their chook house to the next best location.

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