Chicken House / May 27, 2018 / Maryellen
Once you have settled on coop size you want to make sure your chicken coop designs meet your other needs. Unless you plan to purchase these separately you will want to make sure the plans also include sections on building your own feeders and nesting boxes. This simple detail is often left out of most plans. Most people do not know this but its important to position the coop strategically. In choosing the right position for a semi-permanent or fixed option make sure the area will have the right amount of sunlight and is not directly in the direction of the wind. You will also want to make sure that your placement keeps predator threats to a minimum. Most people neglect this fact when choosing chicken coop designs but lumber costs will make up about 90% of your building expenses.
The type of wood used is also important. Make sure that the chicken coop wood will not easily rot or easily be eaten by termites. Find a good chicken coop material that can withstand the heat the rain even the cold weather. Also find a good wood that has been treated to prevent termites or prevent it from rotting. Use necessary precautions in protecting your chicken against predators such as dogs raccoons and others. Use a heavy duty wire instead of chicken wire because weaker wire can easily be pushed through or torn apart. Find a suitable place to install your coop. Unless you order a mobile chicken coop the location of such will play a crucial role in building up your chicken farm. Choose the location that can provide protection to your chickens against the elements as well as from any predators in your area.
Nesting Boxes. If you are keeping chickens for the eggs your coop needs to have at least 1 nesting box for every 5 or 6 female chickens. The nests should be comfortable and dark so your hens feel safe in them. You should put straw or wood shavings in the nest boxes and make the boxes at least 4 inches deep. If the boxes are not deep enough your chickens may fight and pick each others feathers. You should keep the nesting boxes clean at all times so the eggs remain clean. Hens should be trained not to sleep in the nesting boxes because if they do they will soil the area with their droppings. You should not have a problem with hens sleeping in the nesting boxes f you have given your chickens adequate perching space. If you find some stubborn hens that do want to sleep in the nests close them off at night.