Chicken coop design varies by size, quantity capacity and green mindedness. You have to weigh your values as a hen house designer as to what concessions you’d be willing to make when it comes to designing your new hen house or renovating your hen house.

Consider going green when it comes to upgrading your new hen digs. Going green means many things, but these implications can be classified into a few categories and subjects. First, going green means being energy conscious and aware. How large is your carbon footprint for example? Do you even know what a carbon footprint is? It’s important to know these things as a fledgling or established chicken farmer, because farming depends on the longevity of the earth, the environment… You cannot plan on being a farmer for very long if you do not consider the green issues.

There are all sorts of ways to act on your power consumption and power and energy needs. First, you can inquire and begin the due diligence process of researching about how more energy efficient you can get with your hen house. Perhaps you’re using regular lights when you should be using florescent lights for example. Perhaps you could be using solar power in some way or fashion. There are a whole and wide host of things you could be doing when it comes to powering your hen house, and these should be incorporated and integrated into your new hen house designs.

Green mindedness when it comes to designing your hen house also depends and implies on how far you plan on taking sustainability. This begins with how long you plan to have your hen house last. Do you want it to last a few years, a few decades? This is an important thing to consider.

When it comes to house designs, it’s critical to consider your location. You have to profile your location, by first considering the location’s municipal zone. Are you in a resident zone? Are you allowed to farm chickens there at any scale? What are the scale definitions? Are you in a commercial zone? Are you allowed to farm chickens in commercial areas of your city? Again, at what scale? Are you in a tax incentive zone? These zones are highly restrictive and regulated. Most often, these zones have specific and explicit types of growth in mind, and do not want anything else. You need to check with your city’s website to figure out what zone you’re in, as this can greatly and drastically limit and inhibit your hen house design plans.

After you clearly define and profile the legal profile of your location, you should profile the geographical location, which includes dimensions and dynamics such as terrain, weather, and terrain. These include physical occurrences and features such as: are you on slop? Does it snow in the winter? How hot does it get in the summer? These issues matter, because this will narrow down an open list of the types of hens you can farm at your targeted location. 

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