Chicken House / May 28, 2018 / Maryellen
One can find thousands of plans designs and ideas with regard to houses utilized in housing chickens. These range from elaborate 2 story structures right on down to a small doghouse style dwelling surrounded by some fencing to keep possible predators out and chickens in Before you devote a lot of cash and effort setting up expensive coops find out about constructing hen houses the simplest way and you will enjoy the fruits of ones labor sooner. Chickens ordinarily are not demanding creatures. Their needs are pretty basic. They require a spot to get in out of the elements from where the wicked cold weather will not cause harm to them or their eggs. Next on the list they need to have room for their nests in order to lay eggs. Additionally you will have to have chicken roosts for them to sleep at night as they feel safer on a roost.
When selecting chicken coop plans to build from you really need to consider more than just the look/aesthetics of the chicken coop designs. Sure its important to have a nice looking chicken coop that fits your overall backyard design but there are some other very important things that need to be incorporated into whatever plans you choose. Space. There is a certain amount of space that your chickens need to be healthy and happy. You must allocate 4 square feet of floor space per chicken. Therefore a flock of 20 chickens should be enjoying an 80 square foot chicken coop. Do not skimp on space. In fact it is better to allocate more space if anything. If your chicken coop becomes overcrowded your chickens quality of life becomes reduced and can cause feather picking and in extreme cases can even cause cannibalism. This is obviously an outcome you want to avoid so never overcrowd your coop.
Protection. You need to keep your chickens safe from all sorts of predators such as foxes coyotes hawks raccoons and rats just to name a few. The structure should be strong and no part of it should be able to be pushed over by a person. That is just the way I rate the strength of my coops...Could I push it over? If no then it is strong enough. There should be no way for rats or foxes to get into your chicken coop to kill your chickens. make sure the fencing goes all the way to the ground. You should also put the wire fencing down under the ground for about 1 foot out from the wire fence. This means when a fox digs at a fence they will simply hit the wire mesh and will eventually give up or try something else. Use mesh that raccoons cant get their arms through. I recommend using 1/2 inch square wire mesh for all the wire mesh fencing on the chicken coop. This will keep your chickens safe and it also looks quite attractive. Remember foxes are quite wily so check over your chicken coop plans to make sure they are predator proof.