Chicken Hutch / June 5, 2018 / Maryellen
There are quite a few advantages to having a free range chicken coop which I will discuss throughout this article. However I would like to highlight on the importance of using a set of chicken coop plans to guide you throughout the process of building a free range coop. After all it all comes down to planning when it comes to any sort of woodworking or construction. I personally prefer the free range approach to having a coop and in fact that is my current set up for the coop I have at home. The free range coop allows them to roam freely without any sense of confinement ensuring that their mental and emotional health is great. I was sure to build a wide gate because the added width makes it easier to herd the chickens at night or in the morning to keep them safe. This is a crucial consideration because chickens tend to be quite inconsiderate to one another and will push and shove each other when being herded into the coop so be sure to give them sufficient room to move in and out of the coop. A good rule I like to use is that every 10 chickens should be allotted approximately 5 feet of clearance. I recommend keeping a good set of chicken coop plans at hand to make sure you dont miss out on any important factors.
If your chicken coop ideas include clean lines angles steel and glass then your coop will probably have a modern aesthetic. The key to this design is the use of sleek lines in the architecture. A chicken coop built with modular units is a good example of a coop with a modern design. Since modular units come pre-made you can add more modern elements with a little DIY. For example you can keep the paint color subdued and classy by using monochromatic colors such as gray and shades of black and white. You can also add other construction materials associated with modern design like glass and steel by using them to make the sides of the nesting boxes. Is a groovy chicken coop more your style? Then think mod for your chicken coop ideas. A black and white tiled floor is a quintessential mod element that you can easily fit into your chicken coop. If you have a smaller coop and is also using the floor of your coop as the chickens run you can turn this element into a wall design instead. For the walls you can paint it with the iconic soup can paiting or any kind of print with geometric patterns.
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.