Chicken House / April 12, 2018 / Maryellen.
Chicken Coop Designs are found all over the Internet but very few out there are high quality or provide you with the information necessary to be successful in building your own coop at home. You may even be able to find a free set online and this may or may not be the best option for your particular situation. Most people only consider the appearance aspect of the new chicken dwelling they plan to build but the things you need to consider run far deeper. Today we are going to go over the five most important things to consider when choosing a set of chicken coop designs. Before you begin construction on your coop the first thing you need to do is survey the area where you plan on building. Do you live in a tight urban area or within the sprawling hills of the country? This will determine what type of chicken coop designs you will need and whether you will be building a movable (portable) semi-permanent or fixed dwelling area for your chickens
Building a chicken coop will also involve creating good coop insulation that will keep the chicken warm and comfortable during winter season. It is also beneficial during summer as well. It suggested that a 1.5 inch of Styrofoam sheet placed between the ceilings and the walls is ideal. Painting the walls with white paint also helps reflect the summer heat. Some prefer using aluminum roof while tall plants just around the coop will provide better shade for the coop. The flooring of the chicken coop may be of different building materials. Packing down plain dirt to create a solid foundation is the cheapest flooring for a chicken coop. It is however most vulnerable to rodents digging from underground to get to their prey.
Protection. You need to keep your chickens safe from all sorts of predators such as foxes coyotes hawks raccoons and rats just to name a few. The structure should be strong and no part of it should be able to be pushed over by a person. That is just the way I rate the strength of my coops...Could I push it over? If no then it is strong enough. There should be no way for rats or foxes to get into your chicken coop to kill your chickens. make sure the fencing goes all the way to the ground. You should also put the wire fencing down under the ground for about 1 foot out from the wire fence. This means when a fox digs at a fence they will simply hit the wire mesh and will eventually give up or try something else. Use mesh that raccoons cant get their arms through. I recommend using 1/2 inch square wire mesh for all the wire mesh fencing on the chicken coop. This will keep your chickens safe and it also looks quite attractive. Remember foxes are quite wily so check over your chicken coop plans to make sure they are predator proof.
Damp areas can be a breeding ground for bacteria and other organisms that can bring diseases to your chicken. Choose a coop design that allows proper ventilation and insulation for your chicken. Make sure also that they can get much natural light as well. Make sure that your coop keeps away your chickens from predators and other animals that can harm them. Install fences and chicken wires and make sure that the windows and doors do not provide entrance for the predators. Keep in mind that some predators can dig into the soil to prey on your chicken so make sure your coop design does not allow that. You can also opt for a mobile chicken coop if you want to avoid predators from coming back to the place where the coop was once located.
Nesting Boxes. If you are keeping chickens for the eggs your coop needs to have at least 1 nesting box for every 5 or 6 female chickens. The nests should be comfortable and dark so your hens feel safe in them. You should put straw or wood shavings in the nest boxes and make the boxes at least 4 inches deep. If the boxes are not deep enough your chickens may fight and pick each others feathers. You should keep the nesting boxes clean at all times so the eggs remain clean. Hens should be trained not to sleep in the nesting boxes because if they do they will soil the area with their droppings. You should not have a problem with hens sleeping in the nesting boxes f you have given your chickens adequate perching space. If you find some stubborn hens that do want to sleep in the nests close them off at night.