Chicken Hutch / June 7, 2018 / Maryellen
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
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.
If youre interested in rearing chicken to meet the white meat and egg demand of your home you only need to raise a relative small number of hens and you can choose from a few easy types of chicken coops to build to get the job done. If you are going to do a small business and want to rear chickens for commercial purpose you will definitely need a large chicken coop and a different set of chicken hutch plans. Always build chicken coops by following chicken hutch plans that are available in the marketplace or one thats designed by you according to your own requirements. If you have large chicken coops to build you should make long-term planning decisions and be ready to allocate a somewhat larger budget for this purpose. It is important to follow the building plans exactly or you will find that you have gone way over budget and have a chicken hutch that isnt suitable for raising chickens.