Chicken Hutch / November 2, 2017 / Maryellen.
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.
It is now time to build a backyard chicken coop. You have done all your planning ahead of time. You have chosen a terrain convenient to maneuver around with excellent sunlight and free from predators. You have sketched out your chicken coop design on paper and you have gathered all your materials. Now all you have to do is put it together. Some things to remember: Provide plenty of ventilation through screened windows bury your outside chicken wire along the coops borders about a foot deep to prevent predators from digging in and if you live in cold climates make sure to properly insulate the roof and insides of the coop. I hope these 5 steps will help you build a backyard chicken coop with greater ease and success. However these are only a few guidelines and there is so much more information you should learn before you actually build a backyard chicken coop.
A mobile chicken coop is a good alternative is you are at least pickle-minded about where to put your newly bought chicken coop. Why choose a mobile chicken coop instead of standard chicken houses? Well some people would like to try out raising chickens to see if it is meant for them. For these people building a stable chicken coop attached to the ground would be a large task especially if they decide afterwards not to raise chickens at all. At least with the portable chicken coop they can easily take it away or disassemble it if they do not want to pursue the idea of raising chickens. While some who are just starting to breed chickens or even just want to have chickens for their own consumption would want to have a good location that will best suit the chickens so it is better to have a portable coop in order to easily transfer it from one place to another when needed.
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
Those with an inward opening door are the right choice. Sufficient ventilation should be essentially allowed by a chicken coop design. you should never go for coop designs with poor ventilation as it would get unhealthy for your chickens and they might get suffocated. Windows should be present in a coop and it should be made sure that they are easy to open or slide. Similarly the door of the coop should also be easy to open whether it is made of wire mesh or plexi. When choosing a chicken coop plan or when designing one a good light source should also be present inside. Fluorescent or electric bulbs can be installed in the coop for this purpose. During cold seasons the light source will even heat up the coop and keep the chickens warm. When looking for a chicken coop design you should go for the one that recommends the use of quality materials and wood. If the doors and windows are being built of wire mesh then the mesh should be thick enough. This way any predators that might want to prey on the chicken can be kept out. While there is a lot more that needs to be considered when choosing an appropriate chicken coop design however by keep these in mind you will be able to select the right one.