Chicken Hutch / June 4, 2018 / Maryellen
As most people will tell you a chicken coop is just four walls and a roof. But thank goodness theres no law saying that you cant let you crazy chicken coop ideas run wild on those four walls and roof right? If you want to take on a fun project to start the year designing or renovating your chicken coop around a particular theme is a great option. To get you started here are a few themes you can get inspiration from: If you cant afford to have that log cabin retreat by the lake dont hesitate to give it to your chickens. To give their chicken coop a rustic home feel incorporate a lot of design elements that define this style in the coop. For starters you can turn twigs into door handles. Take ones that are slightly curved or raised in the middle so that theres space for your fingers. You can also take larger branches and turn them into perches for your hens roost. Just make sure that the size of the branches are adequate for your chickens feet to grip firmly.
Rearing and looking after chickens is a cheap way to ensure a steady supply of fresh eggs without the expense of supermarket rates for a boxed dozen. The only major capital outlay is the space and cost of the chicken coop to house the birds safely and securely. Commercial chicken coops are commonly available online or in pet stores and garden centres but the cost can be kept to a minimum if you can build your own or know someone who has the skills to help you. All that you really need to accomplish this task is a decent set of chicken coop plans. In a nutshell your chicken coop plans should give you clear instructions on exactly how to complete the project easily. You will best accomplish your task if the plans are laid out step by step and with large well labelled diagrams to follow along.
The amount of room that different breeds of chickens require may vary. Thus you should do a little research but the general rule is that each chicken should have at least 2 to 3 square feet of space for themselves. Say you have 40 chickens meaning that theyll need about 80 to 120 square feet in total. If possible always choose a plan that has more room rather than less. An 11 by 11 frame would be nice or even a 12 by 12. Although they might not be able to communicate it to you they do enjoy the extra running room. Again a bit of research will help lots. As temperatures change within the different seasons you need to be sure that your chickens dont get too hot or cold. A thermometer is always a good idea. Due to the needs of your chickens you will probably need to get some heating pads or lamps with the colder weather and cooling vents in the summer. This is all to maintain the ideal temperature even with the weather changes.