If you’re going to raise chickens, you’ll need a chicken coop to house them in! You can find a pre-built coop kit or build your own. Either way, here are design considerations for a simple chicken coop that’s sound, predator-proof, and doesn’t break your budget—plus, get pro tips for building a chicken coop yourself.
A good chicken coop will make your chickens happy and laying lots of eggs. Building a chicken coop is a fairly simple weekend woodworking project.
Most of the plans can be altered to change the size of the final chicken coop as well or can be used as chicken coop ideas and inspiration.
If you build a coop yourself, you can tailor your laying flock's home to its needs and yours. You can also construct it to fit your budget and style, whether functional or fancy. Building your own coop is usually cheaper.
KEY FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUILDING A CHICKEN COOP;
The first thing to consider is size. The accepted minimum sizes are 2 to 3 square feet per bird inside the coop and 4 to 5 square feet per bird in the run. However, extra space is always better – just like humans, chickens are prone to squabbling when they’re packed in tight quarters at all times.
The location of the coop on your property is important to consider in order to maintain coop hygiene and protect the birds themselves. A chicken coop should be built on high ground to avoid flooding or any buildup of water and moisture.
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