Placing and Predator Proofing Your New Coop!

As a new or experienced chicken owner, you may be anticipating the day you can relocate your flock to their new Roost & Root Coop! Whether your backyard is located in an urban area or in the tranquil countryside, your new feathery friends are certain to be well protected in their new predator safe coop! However, depending on your backyard space…you may be subject to attracting some unwanted attention from curious predators. 

Where to Place Your Coop

Before you begin predator proofing your new coop, we highly encourage having your coop in the perfect location. Each of our coops weighs between 125 – 1,000 lbs once fully assembled, therefore choosing the perfect location is critical to prevent future relocation.

To ensure you choose the perfect spot, we recommend following these 3 recommendations when choosing where to place your coop: 

1) High Ground is Dry Ground: Be sure to place your coop in an area that does not flood or is prone to runoff during harsh rains. Placing your coop on level solid ground that drains well is ideal! We also recommend dirt floors in the runs of coops so that chickens can dust bathe and so that decomposition of poop can occur utilizing natural microbes in the soil. Part sand part soil is great, and in almost all instances, the native dirt in your area will work great! 

2) Water Access: Place your coop in an area with access to a water hose to easily refill your flock’s EZ-Fill Waterer.

3) Sunlight: Did you know that hens need about 16 hours of daylight, anything less than 12 can slow down and sometimes even stop egg production from your flock! Make sure your coop sits in a direction where it receives maximum sunlight during winter months. Make sure to view our other blog posts to learn how to properly protect your flock from freezing winters and high summer temperatures. 

 

Predator Proofing

After you have located an ideal location for your coop, you can begin by preparing one of these predator protection methods before or after you have assembled your new coop. Regardless of which coop you may own, these optional predator proofing methods offer great protection that won’t take away from the beauty of your new coop. 

Method 1:

Bury CMU/Cement Blocks around or under the perimeter of your coop. You may choose to bury these blocks completely from sight or allow them to be slightly exposed above ground. If you choose to have your cement blocks exposed slightly above ground level, make sure that you make it flush to the ground to prevent any issues when cleaning your coop’s run space and opening your coop’s door.

 

 

 

Method 2:

Bury mesh wire around the perimeter of your coop just underground and up under the edge of your coop. This simple and hidden alternative will allow for grass to grow through the wire making it an ideal alternative if you prefer to maintain a grassy area around your coop. You can place small stakes to hold the wire mesh close to the ground until the grass grows enough to hold the wire. We suggest extending the wire mesh to be at least a foot or more wide around the perimeter of your coop.

 

 

 

To further ensure that predators are not being attracted to your coop, always make sure to lock your coop at night and collect your hen’s eggs frequently. We hope these helpful tips help you as you begin your backyard farming journey! 

Need more help or explanation on how to predator proof your coop? Contact us via email at support@roostandroot.com! We’re real people and enjoy helping our coop owners before and after every purchase.  

How to Keep Chickens Cool in the Summer Heat

At Urban Coop Company, we’re here to be your guide on all urban chicken-keeping matters.

For summer, we wanted to give you our TOP 3 useful tips on keeping your chickens cool, comfortable and healthy during hot months. As we’re located in Central Texas, summer days tend to be well over 100 degrees so we have a ton of experience in this area, and have seen first-hand what works best in keeping your chickens from overheating. Read through our tips below or scroll to the bottom to watch the full Urban Coop Scoop episode!

TIP #1: Make sure your chickens have a consistent amount of cool, fresh water
There are a ton of watering systems and methods for chicken coops, but we definitely have our favorite… In order to keep water fresh and “poop-free”, we designed an integrated, easy-fill waterer that can be purchased with each of our coops. These keep chickens from being able to dirty the water, ensuring it stays fresh longer.

If you don’t have a watering system that protects the water from dirt and droppings, make sure to check the water supply a couple times each day to ensure there is enough clean water for your flock.

TIP #2: Provide chickens with loose top soil
Chickens really enjoy what we call “dust bathing” in order to keep themselves cool in the heat. This is where your chickens will lay around in loose, dirt top soil. If your chickens do not already have some, it’d be worth it to provide them with some. Rolling around in it may not only help cool them off, it could also help them eliminate any mites that may be in their feathers.

Chickens dust bathing

TIP #3: Create frozen ice treats for your chickens. 

For the summer, we like offering our chickens strawberries and blueberries, as well as a bit of fresh mint (for an extra cooling effect.) However, any fresh fruit will work. Once you’ve chosen the fruit, cut your ingredients into small pieces that will fit in ice trays. Next, fill the trays with clean water and place in the freezer. Once your trays have frozen solid, dump the ice treats into a bowl with water outside for your chickens to enjoy.

This is a nice treat that will keep your flock hydrated and give them something to do.

If you have chicken-keeping questions, please email us and we will answer them, as well as possibly feature your question on one of our upcoming blogs!

Subscribe to our Roost & Root Scoop™ Newsletter to receive more chicken-keeping tips, tricks and resources for all seasons. Lastly, if you’d like to speak with our resident chicken expert about any of our products, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

We’ve made chicken-keeping convenient with easy-fill waterers and feeders

We believe urban chicken keeping is good for the soul. Chickens ground people to the natural world in unexplained ways; a welcome, enjoyable thing in this hectic, high-tech world. To make it as enjoyable as possible, we knew we needed to do all we could to make it hassle-free and stress-free for our customers.

 

Chicken keeping is good for the soul
When designing our Round-Top Coops™, a huge focus was to incorporate a quick and easy way for our customers to refill chickens’ food and water AND to make sure that the food/water supply was safe from chicken droppings. We did this by designing a “no poop”, easy-fill system that can be added to any of our coops. Here’s why this system works and is hands-down better than others out there:

 

Fill Urban Coop Company's Easy-Fill Feeder from outside the coop
1. Our feeders/waterers allow you to refill food and water from outside the coop, which is convenient when you’re on the go or do not want to interrupt the goings-on inside your coop…

 

Urban Coop Company's Easy-Fill Waterer
2. Each system protects food and water from chicken droppings, which means your chickens will have a longer-lasting fresh supply, and you’ll have less of a food/water mess to clean…

 

Urban Coop Company Easy-Fill Feeder
3. Supply will last a long weekend on any of our coops, allowing you to get away for a few days without worry…

 

Poultry nipples
4. Since the feeders/waterers are secured to the coop, there is more run space for your flock…

 

Safe from harsh weather
5. Lastly, both are highly weather resistant… so rain, wind, snow or hot sun, your flock’s food and water is kept safe and fresh.

 

If you’re in a place with harsh winter weather, call us to discuss how you can freeze-proof your Easy-Fill Waterer… we’ll help you out!