When deciding to get backyard chickens, there are often two big decisions to make: what breed of chicken to choose and what type of chicken cage to purchase. Before getting your chickens, it pays to do your research first to know what your new feathery friends will need in terms of backyard housing.
Types of Chicken Cages
There are generally two types of chicken cages that you can chose from: a chicken house that stays in a fixed position in your backyard or a mobile style of chicken coop with attached run section that can be moved to various areas in your backyard. Both can be great but it depends on your backyard situation and your needs.
Chicken Houses that stay in a fixed position need to be kept back from property boundary lines. Most local councils have some rules about fixed position chicken cages as they don't want neighbors complaining of smell or noise too close to their backyards. Chicken Houses are often larger in size to chicken coops and usually allow you to walk into the coop to visit your chickens and collect the eggs.
Chicken coops or chicken cages that come with an attached run, are great for moving around your backyard allowing your chickens to scratch up the soil and eat the weeds and bugs and leave behind manure for your garden.
Chicken Cage Materials
Chicken cages can be made using timber, plastic or metal. Unfortunately many timber chicken coops on the market are made in China using fir-wood which is very soft and does not endure the harsh Australian climate. Mites also love all the nooks and crannies that are found in timber chicken coops - and mites living on a chicken is very painful. Plastic coops can deteriorate in the sun if not UV stable and can sweat in the hot sun. Many are made with inadequate ventilation and chickens do not like a chicken coop with too much moisture! Arguably the best material to use for a chicken coop is aluminum or steel which will last the test of time and is easy to clean.
Royal Rooster Chicken Cages
See below for the range of chicken cages made by Royal Rooster using aluminum frames and galvanized steel mesh and iron.