Chicken Hutch / June 7, 2018 / Maryellen.
Using a ramp connect the second floor roost to the first floor play and exercise area. Having a large chicken coop also helps your hens get a bit more exercise. This is going to be especially helpful in the winter months when they need to keep their body temperature up. And speaking of winter months dont forget that having a large coop also means that youll have to get extra insulation during the cold season. And its not just your chickens you will also reap the benefits from the extra space that a large coop provides. Cleaning for example will be much easier. You can just take a shovel and scoop out all the dirt in the run without always having your face two inches away from chicken poop. This is also good news for those that have back or knee problems because they wouldnt have to crouch down every time they clean the coop. Also if in the future you would like to turn your hobby into a small business having a large chicken coop will make expansion easier. Just make a note of the rules in your city (or apartment building) as to how many chickens is an individual allowed to keep.
It is now time to build a backyard chicken coop. You have done all your planning ahead of time. You have chosen a terrain convenient to maneuver around with excellent sunlight and free from predators. You have sketched out your chicken coop design on paper and you have gathered all your materials. Now all you have to do is put it together. Some things to remember: Provide plenty of ventilation through screened windows bury your outside chicken wire along the coops borders about a foot deep to prevent predators from digging in and if you live in cold climates make sure to properly insulate the roof and insides of the coop. I hope these 5 steps will help you build a backyard chicken coop with greater ease and success. However these are only a few guidelines and there is so much more information you should learn before you actually build a backyard chicken coop.
Basically a large chicken coop in an urban environment means a coop that you can walk upright into just as you would in an elevator. In fact you can take the size of a typical elevator as your guide in the initial design process of your chicken coop. On the wall facing the door you can place your elevated roost and nest box. You can raise it up to your chest level and extend it up to the roof of the coop. But if you have more than three chickens consider keeping this section at least three - four feet off the ground. Remember that chickens need a lot of space when roosting. Stacking them up too close to each other can result to them pecking at each other. Another benefit of this elevated design is that your chickens are off the floor and away from predators like rats or raccoons.
Well built chicken house ajoint with the chicken run comes with provisions for lighting ventilation and insulation in addition to perching bars dust baths and nesting boxes. These elementary requirements may seem too much to think about for a novice but they are essential for your chickens health and well-being and need to be accounted for right from the start. In the same breath all of this becomes easy with a good set of building plans as professionally designed chicken coop plans provide provisions for these elementary requirements. In addition the plans advise on where to source best building materials while avoiding toxic chemicals commonly used as treatment agents for some of the building materials. The plans advise on positioning the coop to prevent damp from accumulating inside of it. And lastly they cater for the safety of your birds. Here is an example of someone who thought he would save money by not using the plans when building his first ever chicken house: a client of mine lost all their chickens to a skunk because his chicken house was not properly secured enabling the skunk to gain access one night and kill all of his chickens.
As most people will tell you a chicken coop is just four walls and a roof. But thank goodness theres no law saying that you cant let you crazy chicken coop ideas run wild on those four walls and roof right? If you want to take on a fun project to start the year designing or renovating your chicken coop around a particular theme is a great option. To get you started here are a few themes you can get inspiration from: If you cant afford to have that log cabin retreat by the lake dont hesitate to give it to your chickens. To give their chicken coop a rustic home feel incorporate a lot of design elements that define this style in the coop. For starters you can turn twigs into door handles. Take ones that are slightly curved or raised in the middle so that theres space for your fingers. You can also take larger branches and turn them into perches for your hens roost. Just make sure that the size of the branches are adequate for your chickens feet to grip firmly.