Chicken Hutch / May 31, 2018 / Maryellen
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
Using a ramp connect the second floor roost to the first floor play and exercise area. Having a large chicken coop also helps your hens get a bit more exercise. This is going to be especially helpful in the winter months when they need to keep their body temperature up. And speaking of winter months dont forget that having a large coop also means that youll have to get extra insulation during the cold season. And its not just your chickens you will also reap the benefits from the extra space that a large coop provides. Cleaning for example will be much easier. You can just take a shovel and scoop out all the dirt in the run without always having your face two inches away from chicken poop. This is also good news for those that have back or knee problems because they wouldnt have to crouch down every time they clean the coop. Also if in the future you would like to turn your hobby into a small business having a large chicken coop will make expansion easier. Just make a note of the rules in your city (or apartment building) as to how many chickens is an individual allowed to keep.
Though the simpler the chicken coop is the more beautiful it can be. Just a tip you must think about a style that is unique something that its purpose is not only a shelter for chicken. Aside from its aesthetic appeal it is necessary to consider the functionality of the coop. It must hold firmly feeds and water catcher. If coop are for layers then consider making some strategic design to care for eggs and newly hatched chicks. Eggs should be caught by firm yet soft materials and let it roll to the basket. Another thing you must should the portability of the coop. What if it rains hard? Hence coop can be portable to protect the chicken against the unfavorable weather outside. Therefore consider buying lighter materials and make a portable chicken coop plan. Making a chicken coop plan is as exciting as the moment of starting the project. But it needs several things to consider coming up with a good plan - stylish yet functional. So be certain that chicken coop is nearly perfect concerning the two important characteristics of a coop. Coop plan can make or break the budget but what is important is the functionality of these coop houses.