Chicken Hutch / May 28, 2018 / Maryellen
If your chicken coop ideas include clean lines angles steel and glass then your coop will probably have a modern aesthetic. The key to this design is the use of sleek lines in the architecture. A chicken coop built with modular units is a good example of a coop with a modern design. Since modular units come pre-made you can add more modern elements with a little DIY. For example you can keep the paint color subdued and classy by using monochromatic colors such as gray and shades of black and white. You can also add other construction materials associated with modern design like glass and steel by using them to make the sides of the nesting boxes. Is a groovy chicken coop more your style? Then think mod for your chicken coop ideas. A black and white tiled floor is a quintessential mod element that you can easily fit into your chicken coop. If you have a smaller coop and is also using the floor of your coop as the chickens run you can turn this element into a wall design instead. For the walls you can paint it with the iconic soup can paiting or any kind of print with geometric patterns.
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.
How many chickens will inhabit the coop? What size are the chickens large standards or bantams? How many nests will you provide the hens with? How many feeders and waterers will you have available? How many windows will your chicken coop require to give enough sunlight to your flock? Will you be constructing a chicken run with easy access into and out of the coop? You see there are various questions that need to be answered before you build a backyard chicken coop because you may find out too late that the coop you built was not sufficient enough to keep your chickens happy and safe. Once you have answered all your pre-building questions the next step is to choose a terrain where you will build a backyard chicken coop in. It is very important that you choose an area that is wide enough for your coop to fit with plenty of space around it for a chicken run or for you to maneuver around. You do not want to build a coop where you do not have easy access around its perimeter. Try to choose a terrain where it receives direct sunlight and far from heavy bushes or weeds where snakes rodents and other predators may reside in.