Chicken Hutch / June 1, 2018 / Maryellen
As you probably know a chicken coop is an essential part of raising backyard chickens. It will provide your flock with warm shelter and a safe place to eat and sleep. However not many of us want to invest in a pre-made chicken coop for many reasons such as: inflated cost and the hassle of delivery or bringing it home. Therefore I have writtenthis article to help you build a backyard chicken coop fast and easy. If you follow these 5 easy steps you will be able to construct a strong and durable backyard chicken coop that will provide excellent shelter for your chickens and keep them safe from predators. If you want to build a backyard chicken coop with the least amounts of setbacks you must PLAN ahead of time. Some things to think about before beginning your construction are:
Using a ramp connect the second floor roost to the first floor play and exercise area. Having a large chicken coop also helps your hens get a bit more exercise. This is going to be especially helpful in the winter months when they need to keep their body temperature up. And speaking of winter months dont forget that having a large coop also means that youll have to get extra insulation during the cold season. And its not just your chickens you will also reap the benefits from the extra space that a large coop provides. Cleaning for example will be much easier. You can just take a shovel and scoop out all the dirt in the run without always having your face two inches away from chicken poop. This is also good news for those that have back or knee problems because they wouldnt have to crouch down every time they clean the coop. Also if in the future you would like to turn your hobby into a small business having a large chicken coop will make expansion easier. Just make a note of the rules in your city (or apartment building) as to how many chickens is an individual allowed to keep.
Rearing and looking after chickens is a cheap way to ensure a steady supply of fresh eggs without the expense of supermarket rates for a boxed dozen. The only major capital outlay is the space and cost of the chicken coop to house the birds safely and securely. Commercial chicken coops are commonly available online or in pet stores and garden centres but the cost can be kept to a minimum if you can build your own or know someone who has the skills to help you. All that you really need to accomplish this task is a decent set of chicken coop plans. In a nutshell your chicken coop plans should give you clear instructions on exactly how to complete the project easily. You will best accomplish your task if the plans are laid out step by step and with large well labelled diagrams to follow along.