Chicken Coop Plans – Choosing a Plan For Your flock

A well-built chicken coop can be an expensive endeavor worth undertaking. There are numerous options available, ranging from extremely cheap and basic to very complex. With a world of creative potential to DIY and a multitude of different options available, choosing anything in a coop can seem overwhelming. Here are a few guidelines to guide you through your chicken house building journey.

Determine your chickens’ needs and space requirements. If you have limited space, for example, your hens will need space to roam and enjoy roaming freely. Similarly, if you have space requirements but your goal is to have a coop that can accommodate multiple birds at one time, you will want to consider the number of birds you intend to keep. Consider the weight of your birds and the size of your coop and nesting box. Also, keep in mind the weather conditions where you live: the cold will make your chickens more susceptible to illness, and the heat will enable your birds to escape from excessive temperatures.

After determining your requirements, your next step should be to find a set of coop plans that fit your plan. It is important that the design of your coop fits with the rest of your backyard; your flock will thank you for this! The coop must provide adequate ventilation as well as adequate light in order for the chickens to stay healthy and safe. A coop must also provide protection against predators, such as foxes, raccoons, weasels, cats, and dogs.

In addition to providing shelter and warmth, a good chicken coop must allow your flocks to nest. Your hens require a place to build their nests. You can purchase pre-built nest boxes or you can make your own using materials readily available at your local craft store. Pre-built nest boxes are inexpensive and will ensure that your birds have an area within which to build their nest.

Many people prefer to construct their coops using DIY kits. These kits come complete with all of the necessary materials that you need to construct your coop including the nesting boxes and ventilation. Some kits include the complete steps needed to complete your project while others just focus on certain components. If you choose to go with a DIY kit, you may want to consider purchasing a ventilation grill for your shed. This device will provide your chickens with fresh air by cooking smoky fuel under your hen house.

If you are just starting out, it may be easier and safer to start out with a small coop near your home so that you can observe your flock for a short time before you move them into larger, freestanding buildings. If you already have a large flock near your home then you may want to consider starting with a much larger coop. You can also opt to raise your chickens in pens so that you do not have to deal with predators. Your birds will be safe from foxes, racoons, weasels and other small creatures once they enter their fenced in pen.