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Welcome to The Happy Chicken Coop!

If you want to keep chickens, or already have chickens of your own, and want to find out more about them you’re in the right place.

We are a group of chicken enthusiasts who have been keeping chickens in our backyards for longer than we care to admit! Here at The Happy Chicken Coop we write about everything you need to know about chickens. From how to build your own chicken coop all the way through to what to do when your chickens first arrive at your home.

The Happy Chicken Coop team have been scratting and digging around to bring you exactly what you need to keep chickens. Including chicken coop plans, designs and DIY guides- it’s all here.

Please feel free to browse through our articles and have fun!

Should I Light The Coop Over Winter?

Should I Light The Coop Over Winter?

This question, along with heating the coop is persistent. Each winter I always receive emails about this. So this year I’ve put down some thoughts, reasons for and against lighting and related tidbits. The discussion between the yeas and the nays on this subject can get quite heated at times, so remember, the choice is your decision to make. There is no doubt that hens are capable of laying year round, but the question is should they? Here are the fors and againsts for adding light to your coop during winter. Also, please don’t forget to check out our Winter Guide. It has more useful tips and help for the winter months. Why Do Chickens Need Light Through The Winter Months? The first question is why do chickens need light through the winter months? They don’t, but if you want eggs they need around fourteen hours of daylight in order... [Read More]