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!
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