Chicken Hutch / June 5, 2018 / Maryellen
If you have a bit of carpentry skills you can cut a circular- or oblong-shaped window on the side of the coop. You can cover it with wire mesh so that you keep ventilation in the coop. Or you can take it to the next level and build nest boxes shaped like pods. The rounded corners are very mod very 1950s futuristic. The Age of Aquarius was more than good music hippies and the zodiac. During this era too there was an environmental movement thats on the rise. And thats something thats making a revival in our society right now as more and more households and large corporations make an effort to become more environmentally friendly. Is it worth getting a set of chicken coop plans or not - is a question asked by many novice chicken keepers in particular those individuals who reside in urban areas. You may be on a tight budget thinking that the plans are an area where you could make some savings. This could be right but for most people this could be false economizing. Let me instill some more clarity into it.
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.
When attempting to build a backyard chicken coop do not go at it with a concept in your head. This can lead to disaster. Make sure you sketch out your coop on paper even if youre not an artist and cover every angle including a top view of the roof and a sketch of the inside. If this is your first time building a backyard chicken coop you shouldnt go for an architectural masterpiece but rather start out with a simple chicken coop first just big enough for your flock and as you gain experience then go for something of a greater scale. Before you build a backyard chicken coop make an effort to collect all the materials you will need so that you wont have to take unexpected trips to and from the hardware or lumber store. A good example of materials you will need are: wood (2 x 4) concrete cinder blocks chicken wire or fence wire insulation strips and ofcourse nails screws saw and hammer. While these are your most common materials only you