Chicken Hutch / June 4, 2018 / Maryellen
Im sure by now youve bought a batch of baby chickens from your local pet store or expo center and brought them into your home with joy and excitement. Everyday youve fed them and played with them and enjoyed just watching them chirp and make a mess of themselves. For weeks youve sat there and watched them grow but now youve realized that they are just too big to have inside your house in those empty milk cartons or fish aquariums that you were using to keep them in. Youve figured it is time to build a chicken coop and I couldnt agree more. You have a mesmerizingly fully landscaped backyard in which youve poured in every last drop of sweat to grow and maintain and the last thing you want to do now is destroy your lawn by permanently building a chicken coop that will tarnish the aesthetics of your home and garden. At the same time your small flock of chickens are growing and becoming way too large to keep indoors and since youve become quite attached to the little chicks by now it would be much too painful to give them away. Well the answer to your problems is quite simple...what you need is a Moveable Chicken Coop.
As most people will tell you a chicken coop is just four walls and a roof. But thank goodness theres no law saying that you cant let you crazy chicken coop ideas run wild on those four walls and roof right? If you want to take on a fun project to start the year designing or renovating your chicken coop around a particular theme is a great option. To get you started here are a few themes you can get inspiration from: If you cant afford to have that log cabin retreat by the lake dont hesitate to give it to your chickens. To give their chicken coop a rustic home feel incorporate a lot of design elements that define this style in the coop. For starters you can turn twigs into door handles. Take ones that are slightly curved or raised in the middle so that theres space for your fingers. You can also take larger branches and turn them into perches for your hens roost. Just make sure that the size of the branches are adequate for your chickens feet to grip firmly.
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.