Chicken Hutch / June 9, 2018 / Maryellen
The chicken coop plans play a huge role in determining the efficiency of the coop youre going to build because a well-built coop will allow the chickens to run around freely hunt and peck at their own pleasure. This promotes a healthy lifestyle that will ensure your chickens are happy and capable of producing eggs. Choosing the right set of plans wisely will give your chickens the much needed freedom to enter and exit the coop at their own will. It is important to remember that a free range coop expose your chickens to more dangers than a confined one. For this reason I encourage you to consider the safety aspect and build according to a well-tested set of chicken coop plans. It all comes down to being able to fence the surroundings as safely as possible and to give your chickens access to the coop as fast as possible is a threat emerges.
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.
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