Chicken House / June 5, 2018 / Maryellen
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.
Building a chicken coop will also involve creating good coop insulation that will keep the chicken warm and comfortable during winter season. It is also beneficial during summer as well. It suggested that a 1.5 inch of Styrofoam sheet placed between the ceilings and the walls is ideal. Painting the walls with white paint also helps reflect the summer heat. Some prefer using aluminum roof while tall plants just around the coop will provide better shade for the coop. The flooring of the chicken coop may be of different building materials. Packing down plain dirt to create a solid foundation is the cheapest flooring for a chicken coop. It is however most vulnerable to rodents digging from underground to get to their prey.
Regardless of what type of backyard coop you decide to build you will want to make sure the designs provide adequate shelter comfort security and cleanliness for your chickens. Your chickens will spend the majority of their lives in this new home so your coop will need to keep them safe and secure from potential predators. It is possible to purchase a pre-made coop and this may be a good option for some but if you want to do-it-yourself and save money make sure the chicken coop designs you choose meet the above needs. When choosing the right plans you must first consider how many chickens you are planning to keep. Two or three chickens may only require a small portable coop while two dozen grown chickens will need a large fixed coop.