Raising chickens can be a lucrative decision. You will have the ability to sell your livestock and eggs for profit or enter your chickens in competitions that are featured at fairs and other agricultural events. A metal livestock shelter will provide your new brood with a safe area to sleep, eat, and play.
Galvanized Steel Versus Wood
A galvanized steel structure is superior to a wooden one. First, galvanized steel will not ignite. Wooden materials are not fire-safe and could pose a serious threat to your livestock. Additionally, galvanized steel will not require much upkeep. A hose can be used to rinse off dirty metal surfaces.
A wooden chicken coop will require more maintenance, including the application of primer and paint and the use of a scrub brush and a cleaning solution to remove stubborn stains. A custom metal shelter should supply plenty of indoor and outdoor space for the chickens to utilize.
A Closed Structure And An Open Structure
Galvanized steel shelters include roofed enclosures and open enclosures. A roofed enclosure can be used as a henhouse. This is where your mature chickens will lay their eggs. A steel structure that lacks a roof can be used for feeding and recreational purposes. This type of enclosure can contain chain link or slatted panels. These types of panels will provide visibility on both sides of the enclosure.
One section of the open structure can be used for spreading chicken feed. Another section can be set up to support recreational activities. Chickens are curious creatures. To keep your brood entertained, install a slide, piles of hay, and other inanimate items within the open structure. Purchase a vegetable string bag and secure it to one side of the open structure.
A string bag contains mesh that chickens' beaks can poke through. Add cabbage, cucumbers, and other vegetables to the bag. This type of food setup will keep your chickens entertained each day. The closed and open structures should be installed next to one another. One side of the open enclosure should lay flush with the roofed shelter. Fasteners should be used to adjoin both metal structures together.
Another option is to purchase a small, roofed structure that will serve as a henhouse. After installing the shelter on your land, purchase one large open structure that contains four sides. The open structure can be installed around the henhouse. The henhouse can be centrally-located within the open structure.
For more information, contact a local company that sells livestock shelters.