Chicken Coop Building Advice
Building chicken coops can be an excellent money saver and one of the main advantages is of designing and building your own chicken coop is that you can design it exactly as you would like. A chicken house is essential to provide the chicken with somewhere to roost, somewhere to lay their eggs and somewhere to seek protection from the weather and from predators. Our step by step guide for Building Chicken Coops will be helpful but read on for a few simple pointers about building chicken coops and chicken sheds.
Hints For Your Chicken House
- Make sure the door of your chicken house faces south to avoid some of the worst winter winds causing draughts. You also need to make sure that the roofs of chicken sheds slope away from door and away from the chicken coop to ensure that puddles don’t form. Placing the chicken coop on the highest ground will also help.
- When building chicken coops, supply your chickens with shade from the sun and shelter from the wind. This can easily be done by attaching a tarp to a portion of the roof and side of the chicken coop when necessary.
- When building chicken coops, make sure that you make the chicken sheds and the chicken coop itself secure from predators. Chicken wire is excellent for this although you will need to ensure that you bury the chicken wire sloping outwards, at least 12” into the ground to ensure that predators cannot dig under.
- Chickens need plenty of feed so make sure that you include chicken feeders into the design. To save money you can Make Your Own Chicken Feeder. Keeping chicken feeders off the ground will ensure that the chicken feed stays clean and dirt free in the chicken coop.
- Chickens also need plenty of water; our guide to Making Your Own Chicken Waterer may prove helpful when building chicken coops on the cheap. Make sure that water stays clean and doesn’t freeze in the winter.
- If you intend for your chickens to lay all year round, you will need to factor an electricity supply for lights into your chicken house designs. If you live somewhere that gets very cold in winter, you should consider a heater.
- Keeping your chicken feed in a secure metal dustbin (off the ground) near the chicken coop will make feeding your chickens much easier. Ensure that water and rodents cannot get to the feed. Keep a bale or two of straw near your chicken sheds as well. Putting small doors behind the nesting boxes in chicken sheds can make it much easier to collect the eggs.
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