Chicken Hutch / June 8, 2018 / Maryellen
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
A mobile chicken coop is normally made of bolts pins or snaps that are connected together. This way it can be easily assembled or disassembled by the owner. It is easy to clean because normally it includes an open bottom. Thus you just move it to a new location and clean the old spot. Obviously you will still need to do some cleaning inside the coop but not so much as with a traditional one. Look for quality materials. Since you can transfer your portable chicken coop from one place to another you have to make sure that your coop is not only light-weight but at the same time durable enough to withstand the constant transport. There are also additional features available for portable coops such as a useful wheel and handle. You can easily wheel off to anywhere you want your new portable coop. You can wheel it into direct sunlight in order for your chickens to get some heat.
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.