Chicken Hutch / June 6, 2018 / Maryellen
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.
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.
Nevertheless restricted space is fine with fattening chicken. In fact it can live with other chicken as well. On the other hand chicken that is for game purposes such as roosters need to have a special chicken coop. In this case game fowl must live in a single coop that was made just for this particular animal. Second primary materials that are available should also be considered especially if you are on tight budget. It would be a great saver if you already know beforehand the available resources at hand than knowing about it after buying the materials. The result is: excess materials. Thus identify first those materials you already have such as nails a piece of wood and more. Now it comes the most exciting part in making plan: brainstorming on the coop styles. Unlimited numbers of styles are acceptable during brainstorming. However as you sort it out you should be careful in choosing the preferred coop style. It does not need to be complex. In fact it must be simple.