Chicken House / June 5, 2018 / Maryellen
Chicken Coop Designs are found all over the Internet but very few out there are high quality or provide you with the information necessary to be successful in building your own coop at home. You may even be able to find a free set online and this may or may not be the best option for your particular situation. Most people only consider the appearance aspect of the new chicken dwelling they plan to build but the things you need to consider run far deeper. Today we are going to go over the five most important things to consider when choosing a set of chicken coop designs. Before you begin construction on your coop the first thing you need to do is survey the area where you plan on building. Do you live in a tight urban area or within the sprawling hills of the country? This will determine what type of chicken coop designs you will need and whether you will be building a movable (portable) semi-permanent or fixed dwelling area for your chickens
Protection. You need to keep your chickens safe from all sorts of predators such as foxes coyotes hawks raccoons and rats just to name a few. The structure should be strong and no part of it should be able to be pushed over by a person. That is just the way I rate the strength of my coops...Could I push it over? If no then it is strong enough. There should be no way for rats or foxes to get into your chicken coop to kill your chickens. make sure the fencing goes all the way to the ground. You should also put the wire fencing down under the ground for about 1 foot out from the wire fence. This means when a fox digs at a fence they will simply hit the wire mesh and will eventually give up or try something else. Use mesh that raccoons cant get their arms through. I recommend using 1/2 inch square wire mesh for all the wire mesh fencing on the chicken coop. This will keep your chickens safe and it also looks quite attractive. Remember foxes are quite wily so check over your chicken coop plans to make sure they are predator proof.
Natural light is the best answer here so be sure and have the coops window facing south where it will get most light and natural warmth especially in the winter months. There are also some chicken keepers that have installed electric lighting in the apex of the coops roof as this will keep the chickens laying eggs throughout the year there are a variation of lights that can be used depending on the size and type of coop that you are building. This is more of a tip than anything else but it can save you a lot of frustration. Chickens tend to knock everything with their feet this includes food and feeders. An ideal solution to save having a constant mess on the coop floor is to raise the feeders and waterers to the height of the chickens shoulder this way they can only get their heads in the feeders and not their feet as well.