Chicken Hutch / June 7, 2018 / Maryellen
The chicken coop plans play a huge role in determining the efficiency of the coop youre going to build because a well-built coop will allow the chickens to run around freely hunt and peck at their own pleasure. This promotes a healthy lifestyle that will ensure your chickens are happy and capable of producing eggs. Choosing the right set of plans wisely will give your chickens the much needed freedom to enter and exit the coop at their own will. It is important to remember that a free range coop expose your chickens to more dangers than a confined one. For this reason I encourage you to consider the safety aspect and build according to a well-tested set of chicken coop plans. It all comes down to being able to fence the surroundings as safely as possible and to give your chickens access to the coop as fast as possible is a threat emerges.
The amount of room that different breeds of chickens require may vary. Thus you should do a little research but the general rule is that each chicken should have at least 2 to 3 square feet of space for themselves. Say you have 40 chickens meaning that theyll need about 80 to 120 square feet in total. If possible always choose a plan that has more room rather than less. An 11 by 11 frame would be nice or even a 12 by 12. Although they might not be able to communicate it to you they do enjoy the extra running room. Again a bit of research will help lots. As temperatures change within the different seasons you need to be sure that your chickens dont get too hot or cold. A thermometer is always a good idea. Due to the needs of your chickens you will probably need to get some heating pads or lamps with the colder weather and cooling vents in the summer. This is all to maintain the ideal temperature even with the weather changes.
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.