Hen House Plans For The Future And For The Environment
"If you're planning on a hen house, you need to incorporate the critical facets to hen house plans into your latest blue print. When putting together a house plan, it's important to clearly define and understand your objectives with the hens. Are you primarily looking to primarily produce eggs or chicken meat? What are your production requirements?
Then, what are your location characteristics. First, what sort of zone are you located in? The zoning will immediately prohibit or inhibit particular options otherwise available and open to you. What are the relevant ordinances that are applied to you in your area? Then, on a particular scale, how urban is your location? Depending on this you will have particular options open to your planning phase.
Then you want to consider terrain and geography. Are you on a slope for example? Does this preclude or exclude the option of an open and free range hen situation? Geography also implies weather and climate. Does it ever snow during the winter where you are? Given El Nino and El Nina weather cycles, are you susceptible to snow or extreme heat? This will affect the breeds that are open to your location that you are open to avail of-further narrowing down your options.
Bar none, the best way to go in terms of a hen house is open range. If you aren't familiar with the benefits, the end results are: better tasting chicken meat, happier chickens, cleaner farming environments, and better tasting eggs.
The reason why this is possible and this happens with open and free range farmed chickens is first and foremost, that the chickens are able to roam free, and consequently are able to exercise their joints in a natural way. Joint exercise is key to happier better tasting chickens because the looser the joints the more synovial fluid is released to lubricate not only the joints but also the muscles. The consequence of this, as well, is that chickens will have a healthier longer happier life. This will also reduce the risk of disease and cancer.
Cancer and disease are a huge concern, and the issue can range from public health issues such as variants of the avian flu, to private health concerns such as hygienic concerns regarding the so called nitrogen effect of the chicken poop that can easily spoil the hen house's soil as well as the surrounding environments. The best thing you can do is to use the least amount of steroids and antibiotics as you possibly can. This is a common practice amongst the midsized farm. Such farms are looking for ways to cut corners and widen profit margins. Unfortunately however their hasty measures only work to limit their profit margins and slow the pace of production. This is mainly because by over medicating chickens, they become sedated and sedentary, thereby creating worse quality meats and eggs. The antibiotics actually end up hiding underlying diseases, and keep unhealthy and sickly chickens amongst the coop for much longer than they should be exposed to the general chicken population."