Maintaining a chicken coop is as quite as important as building it. After spending so much money and putting lots of efforts into constructing a chicken loop, you need to take time out to maintain it so it doesn’t disintegrate after a short while due to a lack of maintenance.
Here are some of the major aspects you should be aware of when trying to maintain or service your chicken coop.
Entrance Door of Your Coop
Since you would be moving in and out consistently as you try to feed your chickens, you just have to pay closer attention to your door. The door is one of the major parts of the loop that would always be moving as you move. It’s one part you must maintain and try to watch regularly for damages. Try to fix any part of it that gets loose very quickly so your chickens don’t stray out.
If you discover that you’re consistently spending so much money trying to service the door regularly, then its better you change the door completely. If it’s more loose than you would have ever wanted it to be, get a more secured latch and ensure its properly bolted or fixed to the door.
Every farmer has a special preference when it comes to the issues like this, so you just figure out what works best for you and stick to it. Always pay closer attention to the entrance door of your coop.
Check Out Your Coop’s Fence More Regularly
You need to closely monitor your chicken house and the structure of the coop’s fence is something you should be closely monitoring at least twice every month.
If you have predators coming around your coop quite frequently in an attempt to outsmart your defense, then they might be involved in burrowing activities that could tell on your fence. If you carefully inspect your fence monthly then you’re bound to be able to discover such attempts and reinforce, maintain or try to rebuild the entire structure if it’s necessary.
Some Coop fences could just fall off after a while. This is why it’s important that you find time to walk around the perimeter of your fence, test the various areas to see if it’s still standing firm.
Check Out the Feeders
You need to pay attention to the feeders of your chicken coop too as they are a very vital part of the housing structure of your chickens. These feeders are used every day and could be in a very bad shape or even damaged as a result of the constant fights and dramas chickens tend to display amongst one another when they are being fed.
You might consider installing a new feed if it’s in a really bad shape. Also watch out for how your chickens respond to the heights of the feeders. If you feel your chickens prefer the feeder to be slightly higher or lower compared to the way you placed it, you would have to adjust it so your chickens can be more comfortable.
Usually, the adjustment required might just be about one or two inches but it tends to go a long way in making a major difference. When your chickens can easily access their food, it really makes a big difference.
Never neglect the maintenance of your chicken coops. You could even decide to go for a mobile chicken coop because it appears to be far easier to maintain compared to a fixed chicken coop. You can also move it anywhere you wish. But if you don’t have a mobile coop, then it just simply means you’re going to find some time within your very busy schedule either monthly or weekly as you deem fit.