Chicken Hutch / May 28, 2018 / Maryellen
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.
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
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.