Chicken Hutch / June 6, 2018 / Maryellen.
Whether you are making your own chicken coop or hiring a carpenter it is important to first make a chicken coop plan. A very good plan can make the construction of your coop successful. It will perfectly realize the style of coop that is in accordance with the plan. Making a chicken coop plan does not necessarily mean you need to have a degree in engineering. It only requires basic carpentry skills plus creativity to come up with stylish yet functional coop for your chicken. Here are some things to consider in making a chicken coop plan. Basically you need to consider the number of chicken that will use the coop. Depending on the population the coop should have sufficient space for free movement. Considering the space is vital because it can greatly affect the health of these animals.
A mobile chicken coop is a good alternative is you are at least pickle-minded about where to put your newly bought chicken coop. Why choose a mobile chicken coop instead of standard chicken houses? Well some people would like to try out raising chickens to see if it is meant for them. For these people building a stable chicken coop attached to the ground would be a large task especially if they decide afterwards not to raise chickens at all. At least with the portable chicken coop they can easily take it away or disassemble it if they do not want to pursue the idea of raising chickens. While some who are just starting to breed chickens or even just want to have chickens for their own consumption would want to have a good location that will best suit the chickens so it is better to have a portable coop in order to easily transfer it from one place to another when needed.
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
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.
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.