Chicken Hutch / June 5, 2018 / Maryellen.
It is vital that you select the right kind of materials that will not be toxic to your chickens and will provide the coop with structural rigidity. It is also important that you can easily replace them in the event of damage from the weather or just simply wear and tear. Build for your respective climate to ensure your chickens are well insulated from either the cold or excessive heat. You also dont want to have your wood rotting so treat your lumber to keep your coop standing. Many plans tend to overlook the importance of ventilation and for that reason I urge you to plan accordingly and make sure you read the reviews on the plans you are going to use. Ventilation serves an important role in keeping the coops air circulating well and keeps out any excess moisture or ammonia build up from the flocks feces. Sufficient ventilation should be accounted for because if you decide to overlook that aspect you will begin to notice a direct effect on your chickens health.
Using a ramp connect the second floor roost to the first floor play and exercise area. Having a large chicken coop also helps your hens get a bit more exercise. This is going to be especially helpful in the winter months when they need to keep their body temperature up. And speaking of winter months dont forget that having a large coop also means that youll have to get extra insulation during the cold season. And its not just your chickens you will also reap the benefits from the extra space that a large coop provides. Cleaning for example will be much easier. You can just take a shovel and scoop out all the dirt in the run without always having your face two inches away from chicken poop. This is also good news for those that have back or knee problems because they wouldnt have to crouch down every time they clean the coop. Also if in the future you would like to turn your hobby into a small business having a large chicken coop will make expansion easier. Just make a note of the rules in your city (or apartment building) as to how many chickens is an individual allowed to keep.
If youre raising chickens in the city then youre probably thinking that owning a large chicken coop is already out of the question. Space after all is one of the biggest limitation of urban chicken owners when it comes to building their chicken coop. So they usually make the mistake of designing their coop around the available space rather than their chickens needs. The result? Big city chickens living in cramped chicken coops. Of course the definition of what "large" is is very subjective especially in the context of the-countryside-hills-over-yonder standards versus the beyond crowded city standards. To put things into perspective lets just say that a large chicken coop in the countryside is a decent-sized apartment downtown. While a large chicken coop in the city is the walk-in closet in that decent-sized apartment downtown.
Well built chicken house ajoint with the chicken run comes with provisions for lighting ventilation and insulation in addition to perching bars dust baths and nesting boxes. These elementary requirements may seem too much to think about for a novice but they are essential for your chickens health and well-being and need to be accounted for right from the start. In the same breath all of this becomes easy with a good set of building plans as professionally designed chicken coop plans provide provisions for these elementary requirements. In addition the plans advise on where to source best building materials while avoiding toxic chemicals commonly used as treatment agents for some of the building materials. The plans advise on positioning the coop to prevent damp from accumulating inside of it. And lastly they cater for the safety of your birds. Here is an example of someone who thought he would save money by not using the plans when building his first ever chicken house: a client of mine lost all their chickens to a skunk because his chicken house was not properly secured enabling the skunk to gain access one night and kill all of his chickens.
Nevertheless restricted space is fine with fattening chicken. In fact it can live with other chicken as well. On the other hand chicken that is for game purposes such as roosters need to have a special chicken coop. In this case game fowl must live in a single coop that was made just for this particular animal. Second primary materials that are available should also be considered especially if you are on tight budget. It would be a great saver if you already know beforehand the available resources at hand than knowing about it after buying the materials. The result is: excess materials. Thus identify first those materials you already have such as nails a piece of wood and more. Now it comes the most exciting part in making plan: brainstorming on the coop styles. Unlimited numbers of styles are acceptable during brainstorming. However as you sort it out you should be careful in choosing the preferred coop style. It does not need to be complex. In fact it must be simple.