Chicken Hutch / May 31, 2018 / Maryellen
A cage or pen in which chicken or other poultry is housed is known as a coop. Boxes are contained in these coops for the chickens to lay eggs and get snug while the chickens relax and sleep on perches that are also present in these coops. There are basically two main types of coops the ones that feature open housing for the chickens and the ones that feature closed housing. Those who believe their chicken will fall ill if they are kept cooped up prefer using the ones that have the least covering and made mostly of wiring. On the other hand those who believe that they need to protect their chickens from the elements to keep them healthy prefer using enclosed coops that keep the birds protected and have large doors.
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.
As the tragedy happened he went ahead with purchasing a set of plans and has since built brand new properly fenced and secured chicken coop. As you are starting it is wise to address the size of your backyard and the portion of it that is allocated to the chickens. Deciding on the number of chickens and the coop size is an important initial step. There is an option that maximizes use of tiny backyard spaces by building the coop and the run in a way that places sleeping area on the upper level whilst the chicken run is placed on the grounds underneath enabling the chickens to have regular access to the outdoors. Professional building plans cater for urban chicken keeper by providing suitable designs for small backyards amongst its vast selection.