Chicken Hutch / June 5, 2018 / Maryellen
How many chickens will inhabit the coop? What size are the chickens large standards or bantams? How many nests will you provide the hens with? How many feeders and waterers will you have available? How many windows will your chicken coop require to give enough sunlight to your flock? Will you be constructing a chicken run with easy access into and out of the coop? You see there are various questions that need to be answered before you build a backyard chicken coop because you may find out too late that the coop you built was not sufficient enough to keep your chickens happy and safe. Once you have answered all your pre-building questions the next step is to choose a terrain where you will build a backyard chicken coop in. It is very important that you choose an area that is wide enough for your coop to fit with plenty of space around it for a chicken run or for you to maneuver around. You do not want to build a coop where you do not have easy access around its perimeter. Try to choose a terrain where it receives direct sunlight and far from heavy bushes or weeds where snakes rodents and other predators may reside in.
Though the simpler the chicken coop is the more beautiful it can be. Just a tip you must think about a style that is unique something that its purpose is not only a shelter for chicken. Aside from its aesthetic appeal it is necessary to consider the functionality of the coop. It must hold firmly feeds and water catcher. If coop are for layers then consider making some strategic design to care for eggs and newly hatched chicks. Eggs should be caught by firm yet soft materials and let it roll to the basket. Another thing you must should the portability of the coop. What if it rains hard? Hence coop can be portable to protect the chicken against the unfavorable weather outside. Therefore consider buying lighter materials and make a portable chicken coop plan. Making a chicken coop plan is as exciting as the moment of starting the project. But it needs several things to consider coming up with a good plan - stylish yet functional. So be certain that chicken coop is nearly perfect concerning the two important characteristics of a coop. Coop plan can make or break the budget but what is important is the functionality of these coop houses.
Basically a large chicken coop in an urban environment means a coop that you can walk upright into just as you would in an elevator. In fact you can take the size of a typical elevator as your guide in the initial design process of your chicken coop. On the wall facing the door you can place your elevated roost and nest box. You can raise it up to your chest level and extend it up to the roof of the coop. But if you have more than three chickens consider keeping this section at least three - four feet off the ground. Remember that chickens need a lot of space when roosting. Stacking them up too close to each other can result to them pecking at each other. Another benefit of this elevated design is that your chickens are off the floor and away from predators like rats or raccoons.