Due to the fact that many consumers are turning to organic food and also would like to cut down living expenses by producing their own food chicken coops are becoming more and more popular. Yes, you can save a lot of money by building a chicken coop. By building a chicken coop yourself, you can also easily compliment other outbuildings such as your home and your garage. Another great benefit is that you can easily keep track of your hens, have them stay healthy and also protect them from predators and rough climate.
Knowing Weather Patterns
Most important is where to build a chicken coop on the property. Knowing weather patterns is a key element. Chickens need to be sheltered from rain, snow and heat in order to live a healthy life. Consider building the coop in a well-drained and high location facing the sun. By doing this, it will ensure when it rains and during the wetter months of the year, the coop will be quick to dry.
Internet can be a great source of information
The best thing to know about how to build a chicken coop is that the internet can be searched around with key words of your choice related to design, size, capacity, materials and you would have a palette of online plans on sites like Topchickencoops.com. The online manuals can be in the form of books, guidelines or video tutorial for step by step learning for dummies.
The primary steps that you’re going to find in any manual on the way to build a chicken enclosure are like this. Commence with the floor. Select a strong square wooden board giving you long pieces that may be cut to size. Since this is the basic support structure don’t compromise on wood quality. The top boards need to measure the same as the floor board to ensure proper placement of beams, thus forming the roof joist. The beaming should be secure enough to support the structure. You need to cover the empty spaces between the beams with ply wood sheet to make the walls. This sheet is to be hammered firmly on the beam and the base.
At points where you want to put the window and door you need to saw holes in the plywood. This makes sure there is proper sunlight and ventilation which makes your chickens happy. Next 2 long boards need to be cut and placed horizontally opposite to each other inside the coop. These will become milk crates for nesting purposes of the hens.
Dig two holes around four feet deep on the front side and two more in accordance with them. Place posts in those holes and fill them with dust. Wrap the chicken wire round the poles which keeps predators away and lets your chicken roam around simply. Put the door now fastened with hinges.
Go and get the chickens to raise them with care. If you are uncertain about completing any of the steps above, then I wish to suggest getting yourself decent chicken cage plans, which are quite often available online.