Housing Your Chickens Guide!
In Singapore, there are a couple of laws to note when it comes to housing chickens.
1. Up to 10 Chickens on any premises
2. Chickens should not have contact with wild birds. I.e, should be caged or in aviaries, not allowed to free roam.
Another guide line is 2-3sqft space per chicken minimally.
Keeping your chickens in most options here with wiremesh, will keep them safe from predators such as rats/snakes and civet cats.
Chickens are especially vulnerable at night when they are asleep.
Here are some great options to keep your chickens, both indoors and outdoors.
For Indoors (and also for chicks!):
1. Flat Based Bunny Cages are great for a pair of chooks.
There are multiple designs/sizes out there, but going for a 3ft (length) by 2ft (width) minimally is best.
You can easily put wood shavings inside and clean every few days, alternatively peepads/newspapers changed daily.
Checkout Carousell/Lazada or Local Pet Shops for an easy purchase.
2. Toyogo Tubs/ Ikea Tubs
Check out Ikea's Storage Samla Tub.
1. Customised Coops!
You can get yours through DIY, or finding a contractor.
Our BYCS member, Fadhli Jaffar, has done some great coops for BYCS members, and also have recommendation on who to find for great woodwork.
Material options: Wood/ Metal
Great wood options are Kapur (light, durable hardwood) or Keuring (Heavy construction wood), or Pine (Most coops online are pine based)
Chicken Wire/Mesh: Lai Xin Feng stuff is really durable and hasn't rusted for me and other members over a few years. You can purchase a whole roll, or get them to cut out certain dimensions.
2. Buy it online! Taobao/EZbuy/Aliexpress/Carousell
Alot of us use coops from China.
Made of Pine, these last a couple of years easily and can last longer in our wet weather with a good coat of paint/varnish, ideally Nippon Solarshield or similar products.
Here are some examples and links (You can find other options)
All in One Coop/Aviary (Photos are from sellers, not mine)
Choosing your option depends on your space and flock size/chicken breed, alongside other factors.
Large Size Coop: Suitable for 6-10 chickens
$480+. 2.7m x 1.4 x 1.7m approx.
Medium Sized Options: Suitable for 2-4 chickens.
1. Rabbit Hutch
$140+. 100 by 56 by 100cm (LBH).
2. Med Size Coop Option 1
1.9m by 0.62m by 1.2m
Suitable for 4-5 chickens (Bantams)
1.5 by 0.54 by 1m
Available in green/pine wood color
1.7 by 0.6 by 1m
Great for those with their own coops.
Do provide shade/shelter against weather.
4. Cages : Dog/cat crates and egg-laying cages.
Cages are okay, but not a fan as i treat my chickens as pets.
Wire bottom is NOT SUITABLE for chicks.
Adults do okay on it, but letting them out to exercise and strengthen their feet is essential.
You can get them off lazada/carousell also.
Do let me know if any links are broken, or if you have other suggestions on chicken housing.
Disclaimer: I do not own any of these photos, nor sell any of these products nor make commission. I'm not responsible if any of these products have defects, the links chosen have decent reviews/purchases done.
Just a compilation, and there are other designs out there too!