Chicken Hutch / March 17, 2018 / Maryellen.
Moveable chicken coops are like chicken coops on wheels. Literally. Though not so popular amongst the hardcore chicken breeders of the world which tend to build chicken coops of a large scale for hundreds of poultry and heavy egg layers the moveable chicken coop was an invention my father created after a major storm with hurricane like winds hit our small town. After the storm knocked down some of our coconut trees and demolished most of our plants and livestock my father needed to move the chicken coop to other parts of the yard in order to clean up the mess. Since it was an almost impossible task to actually lift up the coop with all its weight and relocate it elsewhere my father came up with the genius idea of installing wheels to the bottom of the chicken coop so that it would be easily rolled to any destination in our yard. This idea was such a success in our everyday chicken raising lifestyle that from that moment on every chicken coop we ever built was a moveable chicken coop.
Those with an inward opening door are the right choice. Sufficient ventilation should be essentially allowed by a chicken coop design. you should never go for coop designs with poor ventilation as it would get unhealthy for your chickens and they might get suffocated. Windows should be present in a coop and it should be made sure that they are easy to open or slide. Similarly the door of the coop should also be easy to open whether it is made of wire mesh or plexi. When choosing a chicken coop plan or when designing one a good light source should also be present inside. Fluorescent or electric bulbs can be installed in the coop for this purpose. During cold seasons the light source will even heat up the coop and keep the chickens warm. When looking for a chicken coop design you should go for the one that recommends the use of quality materials and wood. If the doors and windows are being built of wire mesh then the mesh should be thick enough. This way any predators that might want to prey on the chicken can be kept out. While there is a lot more that needs to be considered when choosing an appropriate chicken coop design however by keep these in mind you will be able to select the right one.
Another important feature to look out for is a materials list telling you exactly how much you need of each and every component of the plans. With a decent materials list you should cut down on material waste and keep any potential overspending to a minimum. The final aspect of a good set of chicken coop plans is the tools list to complete the job. A good set of easy chicken coop plans will be an incredible help to the novice building their first coop so bear this in mind if this is you. There are a multitude of chicken coop plans available covering a broad range of chicken coop layouts from arks houses inside runs all the way up to small chicken barns for sizeable numbers of birds. The development of the internet has seen a huge increase in the resources available to all and this is true in the world of self-sufficiency too where the experienced can share their knowledge with novices.
There are quite a few advantages to having a free range chicken coop which I will discuss throughout this article. However I would like to highlight on the importance of using a set of chicken coop plans to guide you throughout the process of building a free range coop. After all it all comes down to planning when it comes to any sort of woodworking or construction. I personally prefer the free range approach to having a coop and in fact that is my current set up for the coop I have at home. The free range coop allows them to roam freely without any sense of confinement ensuring that their mental and emotional health is great. I was sure to build a wide gate because the added width makes it easier to herd the chickens at night or in the morning to keep them safe. This is a crucial consideration because chickens tend to be quite inconsiderate to one another and will push and shove each other when being herded into the coop so be sure to give them sufficient room to move in and out of the coop. A good rule I like to use is that every 10 chickens should be allotted approximately 5 feet of clearance. I recommend keeping a good set of chicken coop plans at hand to make sure you dont miss out on any important factors.
When attempting to build a backyard chicken coop do not go at it with a concept in your head. This can lead to disaster. Make sure you sketch out your coop on paper even if youre not an artist and cover every angle including a top view of the roof and a sketch of the inside. If this is your first time building a backyard chicken coop you shouldnt go for an architectural masterpiece but rather start out with a simple chicken coop first just big enough for your flock and as you gain experience then go for something of a greater scale. Before you build a backyard chicken coop make an effort to collect all the materials you will need so that you wont have to take unexpected trips to and from the hardware or lumber store. A good example of materials you will need are: wood (2 x 4) concrete cinder blocks chicken wire or fence wire insulation strips and ofcourse nails screws saw and hammer. While these are your most common materials only you