How to Build a Chicken Coop
If you intend to keep chickens, you will need to either build or a buy a chicken coop where they can live. Even in you intend for them to be free range, they still need to have a chicken house in which to roost and to lay and as somewhere you can put them if need be. Chicken sheds also offer much needed protection against predators. Building chicken coops is very easy and can make excellent financial sense; you can also design it specifically to your needs. Read on to find out how to build a chicken coop.
Building Chicken Coops
- The first thing you need to consider when building chicken coops is where exactly you are going to place the chicken house. Choose the highest spot available for your chicken coop as you will not want the chicken sheds, or the chicken coop itself forming puddles when it rains.
- You also determine what size you require when building chicken coops, obviously, this will mostly be decided by the number of chickens you have but generally, the biggest possible chicken coop is the best. As a minimum, the chicken house itself, as an absolute minimum, requires 2ft² per bird and the chicken coop requires 10ft² per bird.
- Sketch out a rough design for your chicken coop including measurements. Roughly map out the chicken house; you will need a nesting box for every 4 chickens and roughly 10” of perch space. Modified garden sheds can make excellent chicken sheds.
- The first thing you need to do is ensure that the door for the chicken house faces to the south and that the roof slopes away from the door. Make sure any windows in the chicken sheds are covered with chicken wire to keep out predators. Sliding glass in the chicken house means you can regulate the temperature and still let light in. Also, make sure when building chicken coops that the latch for the door is secure.
- Nest boxes need to be installed into the chicken house along the walls, roughly 2-3ft off the ground. Chicken sheds will also need perches for the non nesting chickens to roost on. Place these roughly 12” off the ground. When building the yard area of the chicken coop, bury the chicken wire fence into the ground to stop foxes digging in.
- Make a rough frame to mount the chicken wire to for extra strength and use netting to cover the top of the chicken coop to prevent birds of prey getting to the chickens. When building chicken coops, the netting also serves as a place to hang a bird feeder and waterer from. Once you have built your chicken coop, it is time to buy the chickens.
Planting tall grass inside the chicken coop offers the chickens some more cover alongside the chicken sheds. Make sure that chicken feeders are roughly 6” or so off the ground to prevent the chicken feed from getting contaminated. Alternatively, you can Make Your Own Chicken Feeder.