Chicken Hutch / June 3, 2018 / Maryellen
Rearing and looking after chickens is a cheap way to ensure a steady supply of fresh eggs without the expense of supermarket rates for a boxed dozen. The only major capital outlay is the space and cost of the chicken coop to house the birds safely and securely. Commercial chicken coops are commonly available online or in pet stores and garden centres but the cost can be kept to a minimum if you can build your own or know someone who has the skills to help you. All that you really need to accomplish this task is a decent set of chicken coop plans. In a nutshell your chicken coop plans should give you clear instructions on exactly how to complete the project easily. You will best accomplish your task if the plans are laid out step by step and with large well labelled diagrams to follow along.
How many chickens will inhabit the coop? What size are the chickens large standards or bantams? How many nests will you provide the hens with? How many feeders and waterers will you have available? How many windows will your chicken coop require to give enough sunlight to your flock? Will you be constructing a chicken run with easy access into and out of the coop? You see there are various questions that need to be answered before you build a backyard chicken coop because you may find out too late that the coop you built was not sufficient enough to keep your chickens happy and safe. Once you have answered all your pre-building questions the next step is to choose a terrain where you will build a backyard chicken coop in. It is very important that you choose an area that is wide enough for your coop to fit with plenty of space around it for a chicken run or for you to maneuver around. You do not want to build a coop where you do not have easy access around its perimeter. Try to choose a terrain where it receives direct sunlight and far from heavy bushes or weeds where snakes rodents and other predators may reside in.
Those with an inward opening door are the right choice. Sufficient ventilation should be essentially allowed by a chicken coop design. you should never go for coop designs with poor ventilation as it would get unhealthy for your chickens and they might get suffocated. Windows should be present in a coop and it should be made sure that they are easy to open or slide. Similarly the door of the coop should also be easy to open whether it is made of wire mesh or plexi. When choosing a chicken coop plan or when designing one a good light source should also be present inside. Fluorescent or electric bulbs can be installed in the coop for this purpose. During cold seasons the light source will even heat up the coop and keep the chickens warm. When looking for a chicken coop design you should go for the one that recommends the use of quality materials and wood. If the doors and windows are being built of wire mesh then the mesh should be thick enough. This way any predators that might want to prey on the chicken can be kept out. While there is a lot more that needs to be considered when choosing an appropriate chicken coop design however by keep these in mind you will be able to select the right one.