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Backyard coops are small and often enclosed within a fenced area (sometimes bounded by chicken wire), thus creating a more natural living environment, one in which the chickens can roam freely and forage for food. If this kind of "yarding" is both floor-less and reasonably mobile, it is called a chicken tractor.

The number of small coops in urban areas of wealthy countries has been growing.


This growth has led to the marketing and manufacturing of our chicken coops, such as My Chicken House, which are designed for smaller spaces and a tidier look. Manufactured chicken coops are primarily marketed towards urban coop owners and are often more expensive than building one's own coop.

Urban settings may have laws which regulate backyard keeping of fowl. For example, Oakland, California, and other major cities ban roosters and has a rule stating that hens must be kept at least twenty feet away from dwellings, schools and churches. To raise chickens in a residential area, you will need to comply with local ordinances. Let us help guide you to understand your city’s ordinance!



What are the benefits of non GMO?

These benefits include:

  • Grown without the use of pesticides

  • Rich in nutrients

  • Animals raised organically aren't treated with artificial drugs, growth hormones or antibiotics

  • Free of artificial preservatives, flavorings, and colors

Does organic mean hormone free?

Organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. 


A chicken coop or hen house is a small house where, typically, female chickens or other fowl are kept safe and secure. There are nest boxes found inside the hen houses for egg-laying, and perches on which the birds can sleep.

A chicken coop usually has an indoor area where the chickens can sleep and nest, as well as a fenced-in outdoor area where chickens will feed and spend the majority of the day (which is typically made from chicken wire).


The coop should be cleaned after every two weeks, and the straw shifted every day, similar to a litter box. At night, the coop should be locked with all the birds inside of it, so that they are protected from predators.


Both the inside and outdoor floors of a chicken coop are often strewn with a loose material such as straw or wood chips to deal with chicken droppings and to provide ventilation.

My Chicken House

There is a long-standing controversy over the basic need for a chicken coop. One philosophy, known as the "fresh air school" is that chickens are mostly hardy but can be brought low by confinement, poor air quality and darkness, hence the need for a highly ventilated or open-sided coop with conditions more like the outdoors, even in winter. However, others who keep chickens believe they are prone to illness in outdoor weather and need a controlled-environment coop. This has led to two housing designs for chickens: fresh-air houses with wide openings and nothing more than wire mesh between chickens and the weather (even in Northern winters), or closed houses with doors, windows and hatches which can shut off most ventilation. Regardless of design, experts agree that proper ventilation of the chicken coop is crucial for the health and well-being of the birds. Poorly ventilated chicken coops can lead to heat stress or stroke, and to the build-up of toxic fumes within the coop.

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