Chicken Hutch / June 4, 2018 / Maryellen.
For those with limited space or perhaps just setting out in this new venture there are plans to house only one or two birds but there are plans covering numerous birds up to small-scale commercial rearing. So if you are serious about raising chickens for whatever purpose including breeding for show or meat and eggs and even as pets you need to decide how many birds you have space for and how many you can afford in terms of time and effort. Although most small coops can be constructed in a day the larger coops will take several days to build something to think about when you do your planning. Safety and security are important considerations for your birds and not something that is immediately obvious until you look at plans in detail.
It is vital that you select the right kind of materials that will not be toxic to your chickens and will provide the coop with structural rigidity. It is also important that you can easily replace them in the event of damage from the weather or just simply wear and tear. Build for your respective climate to ensure your chickens are well insulated from either the cold or excessive heat. You also dont want to have your wood rotting so treat your lumber to keep your coop standing. Many plans tend to overlook the importance of ventilation and for that reason I urge you to plan accordingly and make sure you read the reviews on the plans you are going to use. Ventilation serves an important role in keeping the coops air circulating well and keeps out any excess moisture or ammonia build up from the flocks feces. Sufficient ventilation should be accounted for because if you decide to overlook that aspect you will begin to notice a direct effect on your chickens health.
Depending on the size of your coop it is always important to consider how you are going to maintain and clean the coop. I would suggest using a detachable roof or a large enough side entrance where you can easily reach in to complete the routine maintenance. Predators are the biggest threat to your chickens after hygiene and that is why you should be sure to take the necessary precautions. Netting on the top of the coop will keep out birds of prey and a deep fencing will ensure raccoons and other land animals do not dig their way into your chickens home. Be sure to defend your chickens from the potential risk of predators by following some simple procedures outlined in most chicken coop plans on safeguarding the coop. Not all coops have to be mobile however if you do decide to build a mobile coop there are some considerations to make as well as some advantages associated with them. It allows the keeper to move the coop to a location nearer to their feed and makes cleaning the coop significantly easier than a regular stationary coop. Always to be sure to build a mobile coop with the right chicken coop plans to get you on the right track without any issues.
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.
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.