Chicken House / May 27, 2018 / Maryellen
If you want to start a backyard chicken farm chicken coop kits are a great way to start if you are not comfortable in building your own coop from scratch. There are a lot of kits available in the market depending on size style color or designs. Therefore starting your own backyard chicken farm is as easy as the hen laying its eggs. Most chicken coop kits come with complete set of wood cut into specs all the hardware needed as well as a set of plans. Some would even add a paintbrush if the owner would like to paint his coop to make it look more attractive. It is always advisable to fully check the kit to ensure that it is complete. If there is a missing part or if the kit is defective then be sure to return it. Make sure that any chicken coop kits you bought have the highest quality materials otherwise it might fall down easily and kill your chickens.
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.
Choose a coop kit size appropriate for your chickens. There are different sizes of coop kits available in the market. If you have small a number of chickens and you are not planning to expand it then a small coop is applicable. A standard 4x4 coop will house 3-4 standard hens comfortably. However if you have a big number of chickens a bigger coop is needed to house all of them comfortably. Remember each adult chicken needs 4 square feet of free space thus a 4x4 coop provides 16 square feet of space for 4 chickens. Chickens need to run around and exercise as well as to get some fresh air. They also love to scratch around. Therefore a chicken run is important. There are some coops that provide a chicken run attached to it. Most of the time it is included in the coop but you can also buy it separately. You can also do it yourself by adding simple wood frame and some good gauge wire.