Chicken House / June 9, 2018 / Maryellen
Once you have settled on coop size you want to make sure your chicken coop designs meet your other needs. Unless you plan to purchase these separately you will want to make sure the plans also include sections on building your own feeders and nesting boxes. This simple detail is often left out of most plans. Most people do not know this but its important to position the coop strategically. In choosing the right position for a semi-permanent or fixed option make sure the area will have the right amount of sunlight and is not directly in the direction of the wind. You will also want to make sure that your placement keeps predator threats to a minimum. Most people neglect this fact when choosing chicken coop designs but lumber costs will make up about 90% of your building expenses.
If you want to start a backyard chicken farm chicken coop kits are a great way to start if you are not comfortable in building your own coop from scratch. There are a lot of kits available in the market depending on size style color or designs. Therefore starting your own backyard chicken farm is as easy as the hen laying its eggs. Most chicken coop kits come with complete set of wood cut into specs all the hardware needed as well as a set of plans. Some would even add a paintbrush if the owner would like to paint his coop to make it look more attractive. It is always advisable to fully check the kit to ensure that it is complete. If there is a missing part or if the kit is defective then be sure to return it. Make sure that any chicken coop kits you bought have the highest quality materials otherwise it might fall down easily and kill your chickens.
Light. You need light in your chicken coop to stimulate egg laying. Particularly if you want your hens to lay eggs all year round. As a rule of thumb you should have 1 light every 40 feet inside you chicken building. If you are just building a small chicken coop it will be sufficient to have a single light above the watering/feeding section. As a bonus the light(s) will also be a source of heat for your chickens in the colder months. Perches. Your chickens have a natural instinct to perch so you must provide them with appropriate perches otherwise they will perch on nesting boxes feeders and anything else around the coop. This would then lead to these important areas getting covered in droppings which is certainly undesirable. It is as simple as using broom handles for your perches. Again it is important that your chickens have adequate space on the perches so as a rule of thumb allow 8 inches of perch space per chicken. To make it easy to keep the chicken coop clean slip some trays under the perches so the droppings land directly in them you can then pull the trays out to clean them.