Raising Chickens – Your First Step

If you want to begin raising backyard chickens then your first step will be to build a chicken coop. Chicken coop plans cover the entire assortment of hen houses no matter whether small, enormous or portable. However, every chicken coop design incorporates its own group of features and qualities that need to be built properly for the coop to work as needed.

The style is an extension of the owner’s personality and expression of how much one values their birds by providing them a safe and different coop. Below are a few of the items to keep in mind when developing your style and design.

Space
The size of your rooftop, farm, or yard space can easily determine the kind of coop you intend to design.

Insulating material
If you live in an area with extremes in temperature your hen house could be too hot in the summer or freezing during the cold months. Hence, it is vital to insulate the coop adequately due to the fact extreme weather can impact the health of your chicken as well as their ability to lay eggs. You can use solar-powered cells to supply electrical energy and heat to the coop during winter.

Air flow
This plays a crucial role in guaranteeing proper air circulation within the coop. It keeps out any excess ammonia moisture and ammonia build up through the flock’s feces. Allowing for ample air flow guarantees you healthy chickens.

Ideas for unique coop styles
Farm Girl Chic – You can take motivation from the shabby-chic-style movement and probably vintage pieces when constructing your coop. A starter can whitewash the outside of the coop to give it a rustic feel. You can then add small details like galvanized containers to serve as the feeding location and place to rest or store the feeds. You may decide to use crates instead of galvanized containers to create individual spaces for your chicken.

Simple and sleek – You can choose to incorporate this design concept when constructing your coop. Go for linear lines to create a sense of symmetry in the overall design, and materials expressing simplicity in an elegant way such as dark-colored wood with hardware details for the structure.

Coops are going green – Coop designs can transcend aesthetic requirements and become functional. A city dweller could give your chicken coop a green roof so it could double as a planter box. You can plant herbs and add them to the eggs to make a tasty omelet. You can also use the chicken’s waste products as fertilizer and the leftover water to grow the plants ensuring that nothing goes into waste.

Your chicken house is your chickens’ home and you need to make it comfortable. Provide all of the essentials like timber rungs for perching and also nesting boxes. Keep the above ideas and hints in mind and you can expect to build a comfortable and one-of-a-kind coop.

Discover the benefits of a mobile chicken coop here.

Comments Off

Filed under Chicken Coops, Keeping Chickens

Tips For Chicken Coop Designs

Building a chicken coop is a thorough procedure which you can only deviate from a little. Chicken coop plans cover the complete range of hen houses no matter whether small, enormous or mobile. However, each chicken house layout incorporates its own set of characteristics and benefits that need to be built correctly for the coop to work as needed.

The style is an extension of the owner’s personality and expression of how much one values their chickens by providing them a safe and unique coop. Here are some of the things to bear in mind when coming up with your structure.

Space

The dimensions of your rooftop, farm, or garden area can easily determine the type of coop you intend to build.

Insulation

Depending on your local area, your chicken coop may be too hot in the summer or too cold during the cold months. Therefore, it is imperative to insulate your coop appropriately since extreme weather can impact the health of your chicken as well as their ability to lay eggs. You can use solar-powered cells to provide electrical energy and heat to the coop during winter.

Air flow

This performs a significant role in ensuring appropriate circulation of air in the coop. It keeps out any excess ammonia moisture and ammonia build up through the flock’s feces. Allowing for adequate ventilation guarantees you healthier hens.

Ideas for distinctive coop styles

Farmyard Chic – You can take motivation from the shabby-chic-style movement and probably vintage pieces when constructing your coop. A starter can whitewash the outside of the coop to give it a rustic feel. You can then add small details like galvanized containers to serve as the feeding location and place to rest or store the feeds. You may decide to use crates instead of galvanized containers to create individual spaces for your chicken.

Simple and sleek – You can choose to incorporate this design concept when constructing your coop. Go for linear lines to create a sense of symmetry in the overall design, and materials expressing simplicity in an elegant way such as dark-colored wood with hardware details for the structure.

Green CoopCoop designs can transcend aesthetic requirements and become functional. A city dweller could give your chicken coop a green roof so it could double as a planter box. You can plant herbs and add them to the eggs to make a tasty omellete. You can also use the chicken’s waste products as fertilizer and the leftover water to grow the plants ensuring that nothing goes into waste.

Your chicken house is the chickens’ home and you ought to make it comfy. Provide all the essentials including wooden rungs for perching as well as nesting boxes. Keep the previously mentioned suggestions and tips in mind and you will build a secure and one-of-a-kind coop.

Comments Off

Filed under Chicken Coops

Steps For Making A Small Chicken Coop

Home Chicken CoopThe aim of a home chicken coop is to serve as shelter for hens and provide a roosting and nesting area. It should be able to withstand bad weather – heat, cold, wind, or rain. With a few woodworking skills, patience and guidance, you will be able to create a chicken coop with a design that will be able to house your hens safely and comfortably.

Tips for your Chicken Coop Design

1. Take time to prepare 

Always prepare all of the materials beforehand. You should also prepare yourself for the duration and difficulty of the project.

2. Seek pre-made plans before making your blueprint

Consider checking out other pre-made DIY plans before designing your own chicken coop. Having a guide is a great way to start when you don’t have prior knowledge about the project you are about to commence. For example, this chicken coop design is for a small-sized chicken coop with a dimension of 4×4 ft, giving you 32 sq. ft of confined space for the hens.

While making your coop plan, clearly draw it out indicating the details and taking time in creating the design. In our design, the details are as follows: (a) use 2×3 ft framing that can accommodate an r-13 batt insulation, (b) then 2×4 ft for the ridge beams, platform brackets, and floor support, and lastly (c) 4×4 ft cedar for the platform legs so that it can resist rotting as it reaches the ground. After clearly stating the technicalities, it will be easier to think through and draw out your design.

3. Be resourceful regarding your materials

Use materials that are readily available to make the coop design cheaper. To be able to make the project lest costly, you can use recycled materials. However, always keep in mind not to include rotting wood and worn out items. Also, you should use materials that are easy to work with, especially if it is your first time building a home chicken coop.

4. Build your coop with spaces for roosting

Roosting poles allows the hens to roost whenever they want, these poles should be at least two to three feet above the ground.

5. Comfortable nesting boxes are necessary

Make it a point to make the number of nest boxes relative to the number of hens. In our design, we will make 2 nest boxes for every three to four hens.

Finally, make your coop easy to clean and the nesting boxes easy to access. You should be able to access the inside of the coop for regular maintenance and easy egg gathering.

Comments Off

Filed under Chicken Coops

Building Your Own Chicken Coop

ImageIf you like the thought of having fresh eggs every morning you may want to consider raising your own chickens. Not only is this activity fun and rewarding, you can guarantee that you will have a healthy and natural supply of eggs on a regular basis. Of course, if you want to raise chickens you also need to build a chicken coop. The coop is very important to provide protection for your chickens from weather and predators. It also provides your chickens with a roosting place, eating place, and place to lay eggs.

If you want to build your own chicken coop, you need to have a solid and well planned arrangement. The plan may seem simple, but it won’t be as easy as it looks. Building a coop isn’t the same as building other structures or buildings within your garden or yard, for example. You need to consider the chickens’ requirements and needs which can result in some interesting coop designs. Of course, you can always browse around for various kinds of chicken coop plans before you decide on one particular design.

Before you build the chicken coop, here are some basic guidelines for you to consider:

  • Determine whether you want to have an off ground structure or not. This kind of structure offers more advantages and perks, especially in the terms of safety and protection. But if you don’t want to have this kind of structure, you can consider a ground-level structure with a concrete floor or, if you’d prefer no floor then continue the wire mesh below ground to deter burrowing predators.
  • Decide where you are going to place the coop. Location is very important for the good health of your chickens. Your chickens need adequate sunlight to encourage good egg laying.
  • Be sure that you include the required safety features and protection. Consider small mesh wire fencing or other safety measurements that will keep predators at bay.

Stay up to date with raising chickens and building chicken coops at http://www.learningcoop.net/choosing-the-right-chicken-coop.html

Leave a comment

June 11, 2013 · 5:46 am

How To Build A Chicken Coop

ImageA backyard chicken coop is the perfect place for your chicken to lay eggs, nest and sleep. There are various types of pre-made coops that you can buy from the store, but if you have a limited space in your backyard it will be best to build the coop on your own. You can make the size of the coop bigger or smaller as per your needs. Below are given detailed step-by-step instructions to help you build a chicken coop.

1. First plan the size of the coop. A minimum two square feet total floor area will be required for each average-sized hen.

2. Plan a design for your chicken coop. You can search the internet for chicken coop plans. While building the coop remember that it should have a large door so that you do not face any difficulty while collecting the eggs.

3. Mark the wood properly as per your desired measurement, and using a saw cut out all the pieces. Now, you need to place the four wood pieces on the ground in a way that it forms a rectangle. Connect each of them with the help of a screw. This will be the base of your coop. Place a post on each corner at about 45 degree angle to form a triangular frame.

4. The end portion of the triangular frames needs to be connected using a piece of wood. Now decide where you should position the door. With the help of wood and nails make the doorframe. Using nails or screws attach the doorframe inside one of the triangles.

5. With the help of chicken wire cover the outer portion of the chicken coop. You can use a wood stapler to secure the wire. Check each side of the chicken coop to make sure that the wire has been stapled properly.

6. Cut a piece of plywood in a way that it should be approximately ¼ inch smaller than the frame of the door. With the help of a hinge attach the wood to the door frame. To keep the door secured add bolt latches on both the sides of the door.

Following these simple tips you can make a chicken coop in a very short span of time. You can be sure your chicken will be safe and secure in it, and you will save lots of money that you would otherwise spend on buying a ready-made coop. You can use this to buy your first chickens.

For more information about Chicken Coops visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/HomeChickenCoops

 

Comments Off

Filed under Chicken Coops

Materials Required to Build a Chicken Coop

materials needed for a chicken coopIf you are intending to build your own chicken coop, then you should know the materials needed in order to make your mission a success. You should know the specific types of materials needed in order to provide your chicken with a place to nest along with protecting them from predators. Though the materials might vary, here are the major materials that you require.

1. Chicken Wire
This one of the most essential materials required when constructing a chicken coop. Mostly it is used to enclose a run around the chicken coop. In the event that you have many chickens, then you need an ample supply of chicken wire. Chicken wire keeps predators at bay that might invade your coop. Again, ensure that the wire is high enough so that no any predator can jump or climb over your chickens.

2. Wood
In order for you to construct a long-lasting chicken coop, you need to use treated wood to prevent it from being infested. Moisture can easily make the wood to rot too. A water-based sealer may be the best option for preventing infestations. This will also also help prevent your chickens from catching diseases.

3. Insulation
Insulation is needed to keep your chickens comfortable. By insulating the chicken coop you can help to keep your chickens warmer in the severe winter months and cooler during the heat of summer. Comfortable well-cared-for chickens will be more resistant to diseases.

4. Windows
Use high quality windows. Insulated windows will provide your chickens with sufficient aeration during summer season while during winter, insulated windows will keep the cold air from entering the chicken coop. In milder climates windows may not be required and the window space can be covered with chicken wire..

5. Flooring & Roofing

On the floor, you can either use timber or concrete for easier cleaning or – if you can secure the coop from predators – you can leave a dirt floor. You can use any kind of a roof provided the roof provides protection for your chicken from bad weather. Popular options are corrugated plastic or metal, asphalt, and tarp roofing. A tarp roof is handy for mobile coops since it is light in weight and flexible too.

For more great information on building a chicken coop visit: http://www.learningcoop.net/

Comments Off

Filed under Chicken Coops