Preparing for Your Amish Chicken Coop Delivery
Location Selection & Ground Preparation
What is important for you to know about the location of your chicken coop is something people have trouble relating to. Chickens do not like to be hot. 60 degrees and up is hot to your feathered friends. If possible, pick a partially to mostly shady spot for your coop. Wooded areas and dense greens tend to increase predator issues so don't take it to the max on this one, simply be aware that chickens are well insulated and do not need air temperatures suitable for humans.
Ground Prep Method 1: The Standard (easiest) Way
Ground preparation for your new chicken home is simple and strait forward. Your coop should sit on the ground or stones on a flat location in your yard. Neither just the plain ground or stones are preferred. They are both fine.
Water should drain away from your coop both for the health of the chickens and the longevity of your chicken coop.
There are only two things to remember:
- The ground under the coop must be flat
- Water must drain away from the coop
Ground Prep Method 2: SecureWire Super™ Under Chicken Run Protector
This method can use just course ground construction sand or, as you can see in the photo, the sand and pond stone can both be used. First, we put our SecureWire Super™ under the chicken run and secure it to the wood beams at the base.
- If you are only using sand, once your coop has been placed in your yard, you can complete your exterior set-up by adding the sand to the bottom.
- If you are using both sand and stone, before your coop arrives, add the stone to a well or bordered section larger than the base of the coop. Remember that the end result should be a flat place where water does not pool. Once the coop is in place, add the sand.
Course construction sand makes cleaning up the run a lot easier than it would be otherwise. Simply use a small rake to remove chicken droppings.
Ground Prep Method 3: SecureWire Super™ Surround Chicken Run Protector
We use our SecureWire Super™ to keep your chickens safe. It is secured to the base of your chicken run. When you receive your coop, remove the tie wraps that secure the wire during transit. Lay the wire flat on the ground. It should extend 18" to 24" from the coop.
Grass will grow through the wire making it invisible. Critters who try to harm your chickens will be thwarted by this simple measure. They may start to burrow but will tire before they reach your flock. Be sure to check for places that have been burrowed into and fill the holes to ensure your chickens will remain safe.