Finding a good chicken coop design might not be as easy as you think. There are several things you need to take into consideration when searching for good chicken coop plans. Even when you find an appropriate design you will probably need to modify it and customize some of it to suit your environment.
You need to decide on the size of your chicken coop depending on how much space you have. If you have any problems with predators make sure to use a fence along with a good coop to make sure your chicken are safe. You need to consider the maintenance cost and additional supplies needed, too.
Some designs will need more maintenance and some will need less, but the key is to focus on the quality of the coop, even if it means there will be more maintenance needed. The last thing with the customization is to just observe your chicken.
If you observe your chicken’s behavior, you will notice things that need modification. Things that you wouldn’t find otherwise and you probably wouldn’t think of it yourself either. So just observe your chicken and see how they like the coop, you can always modify it a bit and make it better.
There is another thing that I would like to mention here in my first post. There are two views on chicken coops. One says that the chicken coop design needs to allow you to have a controlled environment inside the coop because the chicken can’t tolerate the outside conditions (like bad weather) very well.
The other one says that the chicken coop shouldn’t be too confined because bad air, darkness and poor ventilation aren’t the proper conditions for your chicken and your chicken need a lot of fresh air and space.
My opinion is that you should take the middle way. Have your chicken coop or any bird cage spacious and well ventilated, but be sure that you can also control the environment inside the coop in case of bad weather.
But the best is to just decide yourself, you know your chicken best.