How To Make A Chicken Coop – Build Your Own Chicking Coop

October 6, 2014

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Not only is it cheaper to build your own poultry housing but it can be pretty entertaining too. Of course, you have to be sure that your city or township will allow your planned structure in your area according to zoning rules. Once you’re sure it’s going to be legal you can start to think about how you will build your poultry house.

The initial consideration should be the size of the poultry house you want to build. While on poultry farmer might need a large shed, others are happy with a dog house sized building. The design of your chicken coop will be largely dependent on the requirements of your particular breed of chicken and your budget. Don;t let the mention of your budget get you down. Poultry housing doesn’t have to break the bank to suit your needs.

An adult chicken needs only two to three square feet of space to live happily. As such, you need to think about how many chickens you want to keep. The population of your poultry house is a determining factor in the size of the shelter you need. Once you’ve figured out how much room you’ll need, you can pick out the plan for your chicken coop.

It is possible to plan your own chicken coop, but you will more likely be better off with a plan that you can purchase. Picture what you ant your poultry house too look like and choose your plan accordingly. With a plan in hand you’ll then need to find the building materials you need.

You may want to check with some contractors as they frequently discard materials that are leftover from their projects. You may be able to get cast offs just for offering to take them away. You may also check with friends and neighbors who have been doing their own projects. Often you can find what you need in someone else’s leftovers.

Even if you can find a great deal of your materials in the scrap bins from others’ projects you should still expect to buy some of what you need through retail outlets. Cutting corners now is not in the best interest of your cluckers and their needs.

Once you’ve assembled the raw materials you need it will be time to begin the actual construction of your poultry house. Slow down now, before you start cutting and drilling be sure you look over the dimensions of your project one more time. Is your coop large enough? Where will the adjoining pen be? Is your poultry house going to be an eyesore that your neighbors will complain about?

IF everything looks like you’re ready to go then you can begin framing your chicken coop. It’s important that your measurements be exact. If you’re an inch or two off during construction it will really effect your final outcome.

You need to be sure to consider the needs of your chickens based on the climate where you live. Ventilation is key when you love in a warm place. Of course, if it gets really cold where you live you;ll want to insulate your chicken coop.

There are a lot of things that have to be thought about when you build a poultry house. Getting in there and constructing your own poultry housing can be really satisfying also. Don’t forget that when you are learning to create your own poultry housing you need to pay attention to the little things that may make all the difference in the end.

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