Chicken Hutch / May 31, 2018 / Maryellen
There are quite a few advantages to having a free range chicken coop which I will discuss throughout this article. However I would like to highlight on the importance of using a set of chicken coop plans to guide you throughout the process of building a free range coop. After all it all comes down to planning when it comes to any sort of woodworking or construction. I personally prefer the free range approach to having a coop and in fact that is my current set up for the coop I have at home. The free range coop allows them to roam freely without any sense of confinement ensuring that their mental and emotional health is great. I was sure to build a wide gate because the added width makes it easier to herd the chickens at night or in the morning to keep them safe. This is a crucial consideration because chickens tend to be quite inconsiderate to one another and will push and shove each other when being herded into the coop so be sure to give them sufficient room to move in and out of the coop. A good rule I like to use is that every 10 chickens should be allotted approximately 5 feet of clearance. I recommend keeping a good set of chicken coop plans at hand to make sure you dont miss out on any important factors.
Choose materials that are light yet sturdy enough to withstand the changing weather. Changing weather can further damage the materials such as wood bamboo and screen as well. But considering its portability pick only light materials to avoid dealing with its weight. You can use an aluminum or plastic screen to lessen the amount of wood. Moreover it is necessary to improve circulation of fresh air inside the coop. Next the size of a mobile chicken coop varies on the number and age of chicken. Usually small coop are desirable for three to four chicken but can accommodate larger number of chicks. Similarly large coop can accommodate ten to fifteen chickens. It is important to consider the space to let chicken move freely. Another thing it must contain some features to meet the basic needs of chicken. Generally it must have at least a nesting box keeper of food supply to protect from rats and also chicken ramp.
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.