Urban Chicken Coop for Sale in Sturgis, MI 49091

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Have you decided to join the vast number of folks bringing back city chicken raising?
The urban chicken movement is on the increase in Sturgis, Michigan and you too can raise backyard chickens regardless of where you live. With the right coop and environment set up, most chickens will adapt well to the perceived restriction of city living.

The history of the city chicken dates back to the depression era and before, when people would raise chickens for food. The eggs and meat provided a vital injection of protein to an otherwise inadequate diet. During the first world war the demand for eggs and poultry meat was so high that communities started rudimentary commercial flocks to feed soldiers. At the end of the war the market crashed and these businesses floundered. A few persevered to their advantage and there was a reemergence of commercial flocks during the depression of the nineteen thirties.

The recent revival though, has been motivated by an effort to save rather than make money. With the inflated prices today in Sturgis, MI of organic poultry products, people are being pushed into purchasing lower grade meat and eggs. A family of three or four is very expensive to feed in a healthy way these days!

The reported poor conditions battery and hatchery hens are kept in, recently brought to our collective attention by celebrities like Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling, resulted in a large majority of people in Michigan wishing they prefer not to have to buy commercially raised chicken and eggs. In reality you do not have to. Urban chickens are remarkably easy to maintain and require a minimal amount of care.

On average hens will reach maturity around eighteen to twenty weeks. In good conditions a hen will usually lay one egg a day until a few have collected and then nurse them. The productivity of hens may drop off as the nights draw longer with some egg cycles being missed. Understandably, winter is perceived as a bad time to raise the young. In some local areas roosters are banned and only hens allowed. While you do need to check this in Sturgis, it should not dissuade you because hens produce just as many eggs with or without the presence of a rooster.

Chickens are great pets too, very trainable and inexpensive to care for. They can provide a fantastic source of healthy food and naturally enhance your garden. If you think you would benefit from having an urban flock. Take a look at our coop designs for sale in Sturgis, MI to see which habitat is most suited for your yard or garden in Michigan.

What Coop Designs are Best for Sturgis, MI

There are many chicken house designs out there, from the conventional to the eccentric. We will show you a selection so you can do further research into which one you would like to buy or build for your own backyard in Sturgis.

Some people may find picking their design a daunting process. All the talk is of chicken ark, chicken runs, chicken houses and runs. It can get confusing and interfere with your overall plan. It is actually quite simple if you break it down. However, it could have a bearing on the hutch design you finally decide on. So, here are some terms you may have heard of but not quite understood.

The Chicken Run
Simply the outside yard part of the habitat that is cordoned off for the flock.

The Chicken Hutch
Much the same as a rabbit hutch this design has a covered housing end with an elongated run attached. Designed for the smaller flock, this low maintenance method is very successful for between one to three hens.

The Chicken Barn
Probably the most recognizable design, made famous by such chicken stalwarts as Foghorn Leghorn and Rocky from the chicken run films. The ability to build this as a two story main barn with run and keeping it all portable is a big plus for this model. If you are looking to keep urban chickens this could be the way forward. Between two and six hens.

The Tractor
This is traditionally an A frame design with a range area to the front. The tractor, which is occasionally referred to as an ark, has many advantages. There are no floors, so no floors to clean. A mobile unit the tractor can be moved round the garden letting the previous area grow back healthy after being foraged and tended by the hens. The chickens also have access to additional sustenance living in the soil so they will need less feeding by you. While they are roaming they are still protected by the coop and no more finding hidden eggs in the foliage as the nest box provided will be where the hen chooses to lay. Traditionally up to eight hens

The Chicken House
When a coop is referred to as a house it is usually just a generalization of pen, coop or barn. More and more though, this needs to be a category all on its own. Just take a look online at some of the posts regarding cool coops and you will see incredible creativity in design and commitment. To see such enthusiasm for chicken keeping in Sturgis is encouraging. Building your own chicken habitat in Sturgis is fun and filled with reward and satisfaction.

Deciding on the Best Breeds of Chickens to Raise in Sturgis

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Choosing your chicken breed is dependent on your Michigan environment and ultimately your goals. Are you just going to be cooking a few fresh eggs every now and then, will you be breeding your chickens, showing your chickens or everything in between? Do you live in a hot or cold climate? Some species will thrive in a particular environment while others would find it more difficult to adapt.
Even deciding whether to start out with starter pullets (just started laying) or chicks that procreate is an important consideration. All chicks need attention, but some varieties can be more resilient than others. Keep in mind though, all baby chicks require a commitment from you in order to thrive.

For example, during the first few weeks it would be best to check on them every two to three hours. You can mix sizes and breeds within your coop with no problems. So you could have a bantam breed for decoration (these are a much smaller bird, primarily used aesthetically) while keeping the standards for egg production.

A few types of chickens are listed below along with their most suited environment. There are hundreds of types of chickens, thousands if you count the cross breeds. We are not attempting to list them all here. A simple web search will get you a list for any breeds that you are particularly interested in. Especially the more exotic specimens.

For the colder climates where frost on the ground or freezing weather is an annual occurrence it might be better to bring in standards rather than bantams. They cope better with the fluctuating temperatures. Types you should look for would be Sussexes, Plymouth Rocks and Chanticleers.

In the hotter climate, which could mean anything up to one hundred degrees the bantams thrive. Although as pretty as they are, the egg production is considerably less and the eggs are smaller. Standards that fare well in the heat are Golden Campines, Blue Andalusians and the classic White Leghorn.

There are also breeds people consider good and bad egg layers. The White Leghorn mentioned above, along with the Rhode Island Hen are considered prolific layers but they can be temperamental. If stressed or nervous about human contact there can be inconsistent even baron laying periods.

A dual purpose species is the most common people choose to keep. Orpingtons, Marans or Australorps are all solid egg layers, very adaptable to their environment and produce high quality meat.

Finally, there are some breeds of chickens that provide wonderful color to your coop. Whether it be their plumage, most often seen in Bantam breeds, or the eggs. The standard supermarket egg is a far cry from what you could be cracking in the morning. Colors range from blue to red to pink and deep brown to sparkling white. Araucanas famously have blue eggs, while Barnveders and Welsummers have a beautiful deep red and brown tinge to theirs. Cuckoo Marans, which you may have heard of, are also worth a mention here due to their chocolate brown egg shells, a great treat for the kids on Easter morning.

One final thing to note though regardless of breed, if you do decide to rear baby chicks in Sturgis, Michigan ensure you do not mix up the males and females. You would be surprised at the number of stories we hear where people end up with a lot of noise but no eggs! Backyard Chicken House for Sale in Granada Hills, CA 91344

Keeping Your Chickens Healthy and Happy in Sturgis, MI

While the chicken is a low maintenance bird, like every kept animal there is still a minimum amount of care required. This article will cover the basics of taking care of poultry from the coop to the chick, if you decide to buy or build a backyard chicken habitat in Sturgis, Michigan. These are the minimum daily routines that should be followed.

Dry bedding is a regular check and daily replenishment of food and water are necessary. You should also have six to seven square feet of space per bird in the yard and one to two square feet inside the enclosure.

A heat source is needed if you have young chicks, ninety five degrees for the first week, ninety for the second and so on. You should reduce the temperature by five degrees each week leading up to the move to the hutch. A good way to provide this heat source is via the use of a red heat bulb. You are able to regulate the temperature by adjusting the height of the bulb installation. Keep an eye on the habitat. In the later weeks if the chicks are congregating under the bulb they are too cold! Use an absorbent bedding. Wood shavings are preferable to cover the floor, rather than newspaper or cardboard. This needs to be changed at least once a month or more preferably once a week.

Remember, chickens are social birds they do not enjoy living alone, so ensure you have space for at least two in your Michigan coop. There are certain check ups you can make to help with the health of your chickens. For baby chicks pasting up can be a problem. Check regularly for this and remedy it by applying a wet paper towel to the area to ensure any blockage is cleared as this has potentially fatal consequences.

Make sure no citrus fruits, bones, garlic, onion, or chocolate have slipped into the scraps you feed them. These are too rich for their small stomachs and can make them ill. In general check for swollen tender feet, check their legs and feathers for discoloration and keep an eye on their appetite. These symptoms can point to mites or lice.

Mites are fairly common and can be passed on via a wild bird and thrive in a damp and dirty coop. Once contracted they need to be treated but the most effective prevention against them is a clean, secure enclosure. Lice are slightly different to mites. There are many different descriptions for types of lice. Essentially, instead of sucking the chickens blood like the mite does, lice live on the legs causing irritation to the host with a chewing movement. These need to be treated right away. There are over the counter treatments for mites and lice for both the coop area and the birds themselves. Make sure you retreat to stop any eggs from hatching and reinfecting the habitat. The contraction of lice can lead to weak birds with lower egg production. If you see any of these symptoms we strongly advise you speak to a local Michigan veterinarian. You can also let the flock do what is instinctive to prevent parasites by ensuring you have a dust bath available for the hens. Chickens use the dust bath method as a natural defense mechanism. It prevents mites and lice from nesting in their feathers.