Chicken Coop / June 6, 2018 / Maryellen
Proper ventilation and lighting is also a must when building a chicken coop. Chickens need a fresh supply of air to keep carbon dioxide and moisture from building up in the coop. The walls of the coop need to be insulated during cold winter months. The coop also needs to be lit up well in order to keep the coop warm; this in fact aids the chickens in the coop in laying more eggs throughout the year. Last but not least the coop needs to have adequate water and food supplies that are easily accessible to the chickens in it. Feeders should be placed above the ground to prevent chickens from making a mess. It is a must to constantly supply fresh food and water for the chickens and to sanitize the coop to prevent food build up. In conclusion people who wish to supply their families with a constant supply of meat and eggs as well as having garden fertilizer may very well be interested in learning how to build chicken coops. This is not hard to do and the steps involved include having a basic design/implementation plan for the coop; having the correct materials and maintenance for the coops construction; ensuring that the construction coop is protected from environmental constraints; making sure that the coop has proper ventilation and lighting; and thinking about water and food for the chickens who will be housed in the coop.
Use appropriate building materials. Wood on the bottom of the coop that is in contact with the soil will eventually rot. Redwood and cedar are rot-resistant and excellent choices. Pine is cheaper and may need replacing in the future or require treatment. Be aware that preservatives put on wood might be poisonous to chickens. Use metal fiberglass or wood shingles for the roof. Perches. Chickens need to perch off the ground at night. You can be creative making perches from broom handles natural branches or 2x2s rounded and sanded (1x2 for bantams). Figure 6-10 inches of perching space per hen or 6-8 inches for bantams. Nesting boxes. Provide 1 nesting box for every 4-5 hens. They will often share a nest. Build the boxes where you can reach in through a hinged door for easy access to collect the eggs.
Predators. Raccoons dogs skunks owls and hawks-all love a good chicken dinner or a pre-dawn egg breakfast. Dig a trench 1 foot around the perimeter of the coop lay in chicken wire and cover with dirt to keep predators from digging under your coop. Make latches secure from nimble raccoon fingers. And protect chickens overhead with chicken wire away from the hawks and owls. Keep it clean. Plan your coop for easy to clean maintenance. Use the manure in your compost pile for valuable nutrients for your garden. Clean your chicken coop frequently to keep smells bugs and neighbor complaints to a minimum. Pre-plan how you are going to get inside the coop. If its hard to get into youll avoid cleaning it which will result in a buildup of manure. Use leaf litter pine shavings or chopped corn cobs for bedding. Your chicken coop design can elaborate and grand simple and plain or anything in between to complement your home and neighborhood. The main point to remember is that the coop needs to protect your flock keeping them dry secure and comfortable. Following the tips on choosing the right chicken coop will ensure that backyard chickens continue to be accepted in more cities bringing self-reliance back to the individual.