Chicken Hutch / June 9, 2018 / Maryellen
As you probably know a chicken coop is an essential part of raising backyard chickens. It will provide your flock with warm shelter and a safe place to eat and sleep. However not many of us want to invest in a pre-made chicken coop for many reasons such as: inflated cost and the hassle of delivery or bringing it home. Therefore I have writtenthis article to help you build a backyard chicken coop fast and easy. If you follow these 5 easy steps you will be able to construct a strong and durable backyard chicken coop that will provide excellent shelter for your chickens and keep them safe from predators. If you want to build a backyard chicken coop with the least amounts of setbacks you must PLAN ahead of time. Some things to think about before beginning your construction are:
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.
The amount of room that different breeds of chickens require may vary. Thus you should do a little research but the general rule is that each chicken should have at least 2 to 3 square feet of space for themselves. Say you have 40 chickens meaning that theyll need about 80 to 120 square feet in total. If possible always choose a plan that has more room rather than less. An 11 by 11 frame would be nice or even a 12 by 12. Although they might not be able to communicate it to you they do enjoy the extra running room. Again a bit of research will help lots. As temperatures change within the different seasons you need to be sure that your chickens dont get too hot or cold. A thermometer is always a good idea. Due to the needs of your chickens you will probably need to get some heating pads or lamps with the colder weather and cooling vents in the summer. This is all to maintain the ideal temperature even with the weather changes.