Chicken Hutch / June 6, 2018 / Maryellen
If youre raising chickens in the city then youre probably thinking that owning a large chicken coop is already out of the question. Space after all is one of the biggest limitation of urban chicken owners when it comes to building their chicken coop. So they usually make the mistake of designing their coop around the available space rather than their chickens needs. The result? Big city chickens living in cramped chicken coops. Of course the definition of what "large" is is very subjective especially in the context of the-countryside-hills-over-yonder standards versus the beyond crowded city standards. To put things into perspective lets just say that a large chicken coop in the countryside is a decent-sized apartment downtown. While a large chicken coop in the city is the walk-in closet in that decent-sized apartment downtown.
Well built chicken house ajoint with the chicken run comes with provisions for lighting ventilation and insulation in addition to perching bars dust baths and nesting boxes. These elementary requirements may seem too much to think about for a novice but they are essential for your chickens health and well-being and need to be accounted for right from the start. In the same breath all of this becomes easy with a good set of building plans as professionally designed chicken coop plans provide provisions for these elementary requirements. In addition the plans advise on where to source best building materials while avoiding toxic chemicals commonly used as treatment agents for some of the building materials. The plans advise on positioning the coop to prevent damp from accumulating inside of it. And lastly they cater for the safety of your birds. Here is an example of someone who thought he would save money by not using the plans when building his first ever chicken house: a client of mine lost all their chickens to a skunk because his chicken house was not properly secured enabling the skunk to gain access one night and kill all of his chickens.
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.