Chicken Hutch / June 5, 2018 / Maryellen
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.
By knowing someone with experience who can include the elementary requirements into hand drawn plans you may as well go ahead with constructing the coop by just following those. If it is just you building the coop for the first time there is thousand and one valid reason to choose good set of professionally designed chicken coop plans. And let me provide some additional proof to demonstrate why I so passionately believe in their value. The coop and the run are your chickens sanctuary they are your chickens home. Chickens are homely creatures and at the end of the day they will look for a place where it feels safe to rest for the night. Experts believe that the chicken coop alone accounts for as much as 3/4 of your chickens health and well-being. If designed as highly functiona the coop will contribute in minimizing the risk of disease or similar problems on an ongoing basis helping you in raising healthy flock of birds right from the start.