Chicken Hutch / November 24, 2017 / Maryellen.
For those with limited space or perhaps just setting out in this new venture there are plans to house only one or two birds but there are plans covering numerous birds up to small-scale commercial rearing. So if you are serious about raising chickens for whatever purpose including breeding for show or meat and eggs and even as pets you need to decide how many birds you have space for and how many you can afford in terms of time and effort. Although most small coops can be constructed in a day the larger coops will take several days to build something to think about when you do your planning. Safety and security are important considerations for your birds and not something that is immediately obvious until you look at plans in detail.
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
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.
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.
Still there are several factors that need to be considered including size style and usage. How many chickens do you have? Will you need some spaces for the hens to lay eggs or the roosters to nest? Would you prefer a chicken coop that takes on the appearance of a barn or would you rather choose the plain design of wood? These choices are up to you but if youre intending to build your own portable chicken coop remember that the appearance wont be especially nice unless you choose to add more spice to it. If youre looking to build your own portable chicken coop then you have two options: use a previously created plan or design your own. However unless youre an experienced carpenter or familiar with chicken tractor plans its probably not the best idea to do so. Still keep several important details in mind when youre looking for the perfect chicken tractor.