Chicken House / May 29, 2018 / Maryellen
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.
The type of wood used is also important. Make sure that the chicken coop wood will not easily rot or easily be eaten by termites. Find a good chicken coop material that can withstand the heat the rain even the cold weather. Also find a good wood that has been treated to prevent termites or prevent it from rotting. Use necessary precautions in protecting your chicken against predators such as dogs raccoons and others. Use a heavy duty wire instead of chicken wire because weaker wire can easily be pushed through or torn apart. Find a suitable place to install your coop. Unless you order a mobile chicken coop the location of such will play a crucial role in building up your chicken farm. Choose the location that can provide protection to your chickens against the elements as well as from any predators in your area.
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.