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Interested in Building Chicken Coops?

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If you found my blog you’re obviously interested in getting some chicken house plans and building your own chicken coop.

Here I will discuss why you are on the right path...

How can building chicken coops benefit you?

  • Save over 50% of the cost of pre-built coops! ..(that are usually self-assembly!)
  • Have your own self sustained mini-farm producing fresh eggs daily!
  • Recycle your food scraps and turn them into fertilizer
  • Take pride in doing your bit for the environment with something you made by hand!
  • With an easy to follow guide you could build your coop in one day!

Planning

OK, so you’ve decided to build your own chicken coop. Why not just head off down the hardware store, grab some old timber and knock something up? Bad idea! There are so many details that need to be considered when building chicken coops that if you go at it without decent plans it could end up costing you more than buying one.

Rebuilding, repairing and alterations can be costly so make sure you have clear-cut, well illustrated plans with precise measurements.

When building chicken coops there are many important factors that need to be incorporated into the design to make life as comfortable as possible for the birds.

Chickens, birds as Humans, need oxygen so fresh air is highly important, so when building chicken coops the plans need to allow for draft free air circulation which will allow the chickens to breath and help prevent the build up of ammonia and dampness.

The feeding system depends on the amount of chickens that will be kept in the coops but an important factor is the height of the feeders. Chickens by nature like to scratch around their food so the feeders need to be high enough so that they cannot get their feet into the feeder.

This will keep the chicken coops clean.When building you need to take into account the climate that you live in. There is no point in building chicken coops in a snowy climate without integrating proper protection from the snow.

The position needs to be thought out as well, the sun for example, can aid you with drying the coop and the soil after rainy days. You may need to use electrics when building chicken coops, heating may be needed in colder climates and artificial lighting will help the chickens produce great eggs all year round!

All this may seem complicated but with an easy to follow step-by-step guide that can be a simple and enjoyable task for you and your whole family regardless of your carpentry experience!