Chicken House / June 8, 2018 / Maryellen
Protection. You need to keep your chickens safe from all sorts of predators such as foxes coyotes hawks raccoons and rats just to name a few. The structure should be strong and no part of it should be able to be pushed over by a person. That is just the way I rate the strength of my coops...Could I push it over? If no then it is strong enough. There should be no way for rats or foxes to get into your chicken coop to kill your chickens. make sure the fencing goes all the way to the ground. You should also put the wire fencing down under the ground for about 1 foot out from the wire fence. This means when a fox digs at a fence they will simply hit the wire mesh and will eventually give up or try something else. Use mesh that raccoons cant get their arms through. I recommend using 1/2 inch square wire mesh for all the wire mesh fencing on the chicken coop. This will keep your chickens safe and it also looks quite attractive. Remember foxes are quite wily so check over your chicken coop plans to make sure they are predator proof.
Natural light is the best answer here so be sure and have the coops window facing south where it will get most light and natural warmth especially in the winter months. There are also some chicken keepers that have installed electric lighting in the apex of the coops roof as this will keep the chickens laying eggs throughout the year there are a variation of lights that can be used depending on the size and type of coop that you are building. This is more of a tip than anything else but it can save you a lot of frustration. Chickens tend to knock everything with their feet this includes food and feeders. An ideal solution to save having a constant mess on the coop floor is to raise the feeders and waterers to the height of the chickens shoulder this way they can only get their heads in the feeders and not their feet as well.
If you love the idea of raising chicken in your backyard it is important that you know what it takes to put up a chicken coop. Of course you can get a pre-built chicken coop at the shop but you will find it a little expensive when in fact building your own can be easy and fast.If you are interested in the idea of a do-it-yourself coop for your chicken you can actually do it with the help you chicken coop guides designs and plans that allow you to follow certain instructions in building your poultry coop. Of course by having a chicken good guide and design at hand you will know what you will need the tools that you will be using as well as the materials that you need to secure for the building. With a good guide at hand building a coop can actually be easy and fast. Here are some things to consider if you want to make this a do-it-yourself project.