Chicken Hutch / June 8, 2018 / Maryellen
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.
These can be constructed under an old abandoned sheds discarded children playhouses or simply a small corner of the backyard. Consider fencing the roof of these chicken coops it will not only protect your chickens from numerous predators but also prevent the chickens from entering into your neighbors backyard. If you have decided to build a medium size chicken coop then you are simply constructing a small chicken house with a slightly larger footprint with a somewhat higher cost and additional construction time. These medium size coops can be built into a portable design which works great if you need to move the chicken hutch for any reason. The only difference between the large coop lies in the fact that they are capable of holding a larger number of hens as compared to smaller coops. There are a wide variety of different chicken hutch plans available which once purchased can be scaled up or back in their design depending on your specific requirements. These medium and smaller coops cannot be utilized for an industrial scale business because they cannot hold more than twenty hens. There are blueprints available for chicken coop building projects on a larger scale. There is no limit to the size of these coops and there is no end to the number of hens that can be kept in these coops if your prepared to do the additional work.
Basically a large chicken coop in an urban environment means a coop that you can walk upright into just as you would in an elevator. In fact you can take the size of a typical elevator as your guide in the initial design process of your chicken coop. On the wall facing the door you can place your elevated roost and nest box. You can raise it up to your chest level and extend it up to the roof of the coop. But if you have more than three chickens consider keeping this section at least three - four feet off the ground. Remember that chickens need a lot of space when roosting. Stacking them up too close to each other can result to them pecking at each other. Another benefit of this elevated design is that your chickens are off the floor and away from predators like rats or raccoons.