How to Build a Chicken House
Keeping chickens is a hobby that has many benefits, including eggs and fertiliser for the garden. Poultry houses are required to make sure that your birds are properly kept and stay healthy. It is not too tricky to build a hen house as long as the basic needs of the chickens are met.
- First, choose the position of your chicken house. The coop should be placed in a high spot to avoid puddles forming during the rain.
- Next, figure out just how big your house for keeping chickens will have to be. Poultry houses should be large enough that they provide about 4 square feet of space for each bird (not including outside space).
- Make a sketch of the hen house, being sure to include the door for you to walk in to collect eggs (or a smaller one for you to reach into). Think about adding windows to the south facing side of the house for sun and ventilation.
- Remember to include nest boxes in your designs. There should be a nest box for every 3-4 laying birds, as well as a foot of perch space each.
- Gather your materials such as plywood, lumber and chicken wire. Purchase feeders, waterers and straw too.
- Build your chicken house so that the front faces south and make sure the roof slopes to stop rain from running over the door.
- Cover the windows properly with chicken wire to stop predators from being able to reach the hens.
- Secure the hen house with a latch on the door.
- Place your nest boxes and perches along the coop’s walls. The perches should be about 4 feet above the ground and the boxes must be filled with straw.
- Fence off the outside hen yard with chicken wire about 4 feet high. Ensure that your fencing is buried about a foot deep into the ground so that predators cannot dig their way in. This yard area should also be covered by netting to stop wild predatory birds from attacking.