Chicken Hutch / June 3, 2018 / Maryellen
Make sure that your coop is large enough to allow your birds to live in comfort as happy birds will lay more regularly be more rewarding and easier to maintain. Some chicken coop plans will also incorporate a nesting area to the outside of the coop where eggs will be easily collected. We are all becoming more environmentally aware and any effort to use your own existing space to better effect can only be beneficial for all. Self-sufficiency is one of the many reasons that people quote for beginning their chicken rearing adventure. If you already have chickens but you need a new coop then easy DIY chicken coop plans can help you save money by building rather than buying. Try to find a set of designs which have been drafted by an experienced hand in chicken rearing as they will impart their years of knowledge into the designs and that can only be great for your chickens.
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.
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.