DIY Chicken Coops
If you decide to keep chickens, you will need chicken coops. Building chicken coops is a very good way of saving money over buying chicken coops for sale. Chicken coops don’t have to be particularly fancy or complicated and with a small financial outlay a weekend’s work, you can end up with a perfectly suitable chicken house. Read on to find out more about building chicken coops. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
Building Chicken Coops
- Building chicken coops on your own is a very good way of saving money over buying chicken coops for sale. Chicken coops can be built from anything such as scrap wood and straw bales or by converting an old shed.
- When building chicken coops you will need to decide how large to make the run and the chicken house, this will depend on how man chickens you have and whether you intend to increase your flock. As a general rule of thumb, chicken coops should provide 10ft² of space per chicken and one nesting box per 4 chickens.
- The main thing that should be in your mind when building chicken coops is what your chickens need from their chicken house and run to remain healthy. With chicken coops, as much space as possible is obviously best. The chicken house should have perches roughly 18” from the ground and should allow roughly 10” space per bird. Nest boxes can be made of old wooden boxes or crates turned on their side and filled with hay.
- You need to make sure that the chicken house is secure enough to not allow predators in and that it offers good protection from the weather. You need to remember when building chicken coops that you will need to be able to get in to collect eggs and clean out the chicken house. External doors on the nesting boxes are a good idea to gain easy access to the eggs but this part of chicken coops needs to be secure from predators.
- It is much easier to make chicken coops out of existing structures such as sheds. The addition of nesting boxes, perches and access ramps are all it takes to make a suitable chicken house.
- When building chicken coops, unless you want your chickens to be completely free range, you should build a caged run that is attached to the chicken house so that chickens can get fresh air and sunshine. Building chicken coops can be easily done with a simple frame of 2x4” wood securely held together and attached to, or buried into the ground. Chicken wire (maybe double layer) can be used to keep chicken coops secure, especially if it is buried into the ground to prevent foxes digging.
- When building chicken coops and runs that attach to the chicken house, make it as big as you can and preferably as tall as you can as you will need to be able to get in there. A wire roof on chicken coops will prevent hawks or owls from getting to the chickens. Remember to include a locking gate when building chicken coops so you can gain access. An outdoor run attached to a chicken house allows you to scatter chicken feed and keep the chickens stimulated while scratching for it.