Chicken House / May 31, 2018 / Maryellen
If you love the idea of raising chicken in your backyard it is important that you know what it takes to put up a chicken coop. Of course you can get a pre-built chicken coop at the shop but you will find it a little expensive when in fact building your own can be easy and fast.If you are interested in the idea of a do-it-yourself coop for your chicken you can actually do it with the help you chicken coop guides designs and plans that allow you to follow certain instructions in building your poultry coop. Of course by having a chicken good guide and design at hand you will know what you will need the tools that you will be using as well as the materials that you need to secure for the building. With a good guide at hand building a coop can actually be easy and fast. Here are some things to consider if you want to make this a do-it-yourself project.
Ventilation. Chickens sweat. Sounds strange but it is true. Your chicken coop needs ventilation to keep your chickens cool in the warmer months and to allow the chickens perspiration to evaporate and escape the chicken coop. You should make sure your chicken coop plans include ventilation in the form of vents in walls or small windows but you also dont want it to be too drafty. You need a nice balance. One way to achieve this is to have the vents on the side of the chicken building that DOES NOT face the wind. This is typically the east or the south. This will also allow fresh oxygen rich air to flow into the hen house and the stale air and moisture to escape. Chickens can handle the cold but not the wet so it is vital to the health of your chickens that the moisture can escape.
When you are building your chickens coop you will want to use only high quality timbers and materials as this will pay dividends further down the road and save you even more money by reducing running repairs and coop maintenance. Try and think of the cleaning aspects and how best to make it easily cleanable either by holes for water to run through or sloping floors etc with water escapes for when you are hosing out. Always try and build your coop on a raised level and not sitting on dirt or grass as this will only add to rotting problems. Also try and get a good amount of sunlight on it as this will keep it nice and dry even after a rain shower so place where it will get plenty of sun. This keeps a certain amount of heat in the coop and helps chickens stay warm throughout the night.