Thinking about getting into chicken farming? If so, you’d be in good company. Americans buy more chicken than any other center-of-the-plate meat. Chicken consumption in the U.S. has increased practically every single year over the last half-century, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Or perhaps you’re not even looking to enter the broiler chicken production market; maybe you’d just like to raise enough hens to provide you with a steady supply of fresh eggs for your family and neighbors. No matter what scale of chicken-raising you’re going for, a metal barn would make a fantastic chicken coop and storage facility for all of your needs!
Raising chickens really can be a rewarding activity, and it’s a pursuit in which more and more American families are starting to participate. If you’re already a farmer, or if you just have a little land you’d like to put to good use, keeping chickens is a great idea – for the egg supply if nothing else. If you’ve ever had freshly-laid eggs, you know that they put store-bought eggs to shame all day, every day – especially if you’re intentional about what you feed your chickens, and how you choose to care for them!
How to get started? The first thing you’ll need is a reliable chicken coop. This will need to include space for your chickens to bed down, as well as dedicated space for feeding and drinking. In general, a minimum rule of thumb is to allow three square feet of enclosed space per chicken. Even so, most experienced poultry farmers will tell you that the more space your chickens have to roam, socialize, and populate, the happier and healthier they’ll be. For this reason, it’s a good idea to start out with a bigger coop facility than the “minimum” guidelines suggest. From our experience in providing metal barns for chicken-raising purposes at Carport Central, we can’t tell you how many customers have come back to us after they’ve had their metal barn installed, wishing they’d chosen a bigger barn, to begin with!
You should also plan to include some covered, open-air space outside of your building where chickens can get some sunlight and fresh air. Obviously, your chickens will be spending a lot of time inside the coop, but allowing them the opportunity to roam freely within an outdoor fenced area is recommended. Your chickens will stay healthier, and they’ll lay better for you, too. Chicken wire fencing is really pretty cheap and is pretty simple to install on your own.
Once you get the chicken housing and outdoor fenced area situated, the next obvious step is to bring in some chickens! But which kind of chickens? That part is really up to you, and thankfully there is a wide variety of breeds available in the U.S. Choosing the right breed or breeds for your location and personal tastes certainly matters. Even so, that decision really isn’t as important as providing the right physical resources for your chickens to be healthy and happy, so they can be as productive as possible for you. Some breeds tend to be more popular than others. As you do your own research, you’ll want to choose a breed that demonstrates both the right temperament and the right production rate to match up with your needs and preferences. Checking in with your local cooperative extension office about which specific breeds tend to work well in your area is a great place to start!
Wooden barns have been used to raise chickens for generations, but that doesn’t necessarily make them the best solution for your needs. To be honest, a wooden chicken coop really doesn’t offer the best return on your barn investment. Wooden building materials require much more maintenance and attention, and that’s really time and effort you could use better for other pursuits.
What makes a steel barn chicken coop better? Plenty! For starters, these steel structures are built to last much better than comparable wood barns. They don’t suffer the same wear and tear, and they’re also much easier to clean – typically, all you’ll need to do is hose it out every so often! Galvanized steel also provides much better protection from weather events like rain, snow, wind, and lightning. Steel is inflammable too, so it also offers better built-in protection from fire threats. And on top of that, pests and predators aren’t able to penetrate steel framing and paneling that’s properly installed, so your chickens will stay safe and secure. When you stop to think about it, there’s really a lot to like about a steel building for your chickens!
At Carport Central, we really do appreciate ALL of our local farmers, no matter which animals or plants you decide to raise. We’ve partnered with farmers and families all over the country to help them get the perfect steel structure for their particular needs, and we can do that for you, too! In fact, we’re not just here to sell you a metal building; what we’re really about is Providing Shelter for Your Way of Life! If it’s a custom-designed, expertly-crafted metal structure you need, we’ve got you covered!
You can connect with us online, or just pick up the phone and call us at (980) 321-9898 right now! Our friendly farm building specialists are here for you, and we’re ready to help you get what you need!