Building Chicken Coops
Chicken coops are necessary for keeping chickens but they don’t have to be fancy as long as the basic needs of the chickens are met and they remain healthy. Building chicken coops on your own is a much cheaper alternative to buying chicken coops for sale and building chicken coops is not a hard job at all. With good planning and a little time and effort building chicken coops should be an easy and fun experience. Read on to find out more about chicken coops and the chicken house. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
Planning Chicken Coops
- The first thing to do when building chicken coops is to plan the chicken house and the run correctly. Chicken coops need to be placed on high ground to ensure that they do not pool water in the rain.
- When building chicken coops, a general rule of thumb is to allow roughly 1.5-2ft² per chicken inside the chicken house and 8-10ft² in the chicken run. Sketch the design for chicken coops out beforehand, remember that you need to allow space for you to be able get inside to collect eggs and clean.
- Building chicken coops with windows on the south facing side can be a good way to provide ventilation in the summer and heat from the sun in the winter. In the chicken house, you will need a nest box for every 4 laying hens and a perch that provided 10” of space per bird.
- You can look for materials that you may have spare or by some timber yourself. You will need chicken wire, enough timber to make the frame of the chicken run and wood for making the chicken house. An old shed works very well as a chicken house.
- Remember that you will also need straw, chicken feeders and waterers. It is possible to make your own chicken feeder.
Building Chicken Coops
- Building chicken coops is often much cheaper than buying chicken coops for sale with the added bonus that you can make them exactly how you want them.
- When it comes to building chicken coops, make sure the roof slopes away from the door of the chicken house and, is possible, the front of the of the chicken house faces south for good sunlight and warmth.
- Include windows on the south facing side of the chicken house and cover them with chicken wire to keep out predators. Sliding glass or Perspex windows can be included when building chicken coops to keep them warmer in the winter. Obviously, the chicken house will need at least a latch on the door, if not something more substantial.
- The perches and the nest boxes need to installed in the chicken house roughly 2-3ft off the ground. Make sure there is plenty of straw or other litter on the floor to make it easier to clean and fill the nest boxes with straw.
- When it comes to building chicken coops and the runs, build the basic frame and then cover it in chicken wire to keep out predators. About 4ft high is acceptable. Bury the chicken wire around chicken coops at least 12” into the ground so a fox cannot dig underneath.
- Building chicken coops with a roof is a very good way of making sure that birds of prey such as hawks or owls don’t harass the chickens. Planting long grass is also a good way of giving chicken coops some cover.
- Try and hang the chicken feeders and waterers off the ground, suspended from the roof of chicken coops so that the birds do not get dirt and grime into their food or water.