Having freshly laid eggs every morning is easy with your very own chicken coop. They will naturally return to the coop at dusk to roost, or, if you need to get them inside before dusk, you can easily train them to run into the coop by giving them treats. I put in a filler piece on the end, I measured up from the last row of shingles we had nailed down to make sure it visually looked right. This is our level” line, you can see how far the right side of the base is slanted downwards and how far off the string is from the pallets.
Once we have that 2 x 4 in place, we are all done framing (except for the nesting box), and it’s starting to look like a chicken coop! You’ll want the nesting box to rest on the floor and frame of your chicken coop. If you only plan on having a handful of hens, you can build a much smaller coop. You don’t have to cut or nail anything if you’re building a coop with this plan. Chicken coops vary between quite small ‘tent like’ triangular shapes to big multi-story constructions. Depending on where you live, your coop might require more or less insulation from the outside elements.
When introducing smaller chicks to a coop of chickens, make sure they have a safe, enclosed place out in the yard that is accessible by small holes cut into chicken wire. Chickens raised in backyard settings generally stay healthy and are not easily susceptible to diseases. This raised chicken coop is perfect if you don’t have a big area or if you’re not raising too many chickens in your flock. Just like a human’s house, the happiness and healthiness of your chickens highly influenced by the coop. An afternoon putting chicken wire on everything, shingling our roof, attaching the run to the coop, and the final product looks like this.
Landscaping and Insect Control: If you allow your chickens to free range (roam out of the coop), they will meticulously landscape around your trees and shrubs. If the chickens are not allowed to roam around in a pen or yard, you need to make this space bigger. Like when we got baby chicks a few years ago when we were totally unprepared to raise chickens and built a very humble chicken coop (more like lean-to). Some people use chicken tractors in small lawns because it gives them more control over where the chickens graze and how long they graze there, effectively stopping them from over-grazing or over-scratching.
With the side folded down, we can easily scoop all the yucky stuff out of the coop and laying box without getting too deep into it. Now add a few nesting areas and roosts and you are good to go if you plan to build from an existing structure. I decided to build the panel, install them on the coop, trim and then stain the boards. Mobile coops allow you to move the coop around your yard and still let the chickens free range on fresh grass and insects without letting them out of the coop. If I were to rank this coop based on the details, this would be one of the top ranked.
No matter what your chicken coop will look like, there are several musts.” The first is a solid structure that does not leak water or wind. As we’ve already discussed location is partially going to be determined by land forms already, but having the coop within a close distance (eye’s range is even better) will help you keep a closer eye on your chickens and ensure they are safe. We opted to go with the treated lumber 6 x 6 timbers to raise the coop up from ground level.
There are definitely cheaper methods to build your chicken coop so understanding the different things that will influence the cost is the first step to making a smart decision. If your neighbors are inconvenienced by the chickens, you may face legislation to demolish or relocate your chicken coop. Photo 3: Due to council guidelines, the coop could not be above 1.6m at the boundary. My little coop has one to the south and one to the west since the east side of the coop is built against our goat barn.
Lesson One: you want to make sure you can get in the coop to clean it. Whether you want a portable house or a large coop as we have, make sure there is access to the indoor and outdoor areas. You can see by the image that while it’s beautiful, it seems really easy to build. In order to maintain a clean, healthy environment, the coop and outdoor area should be cleaned out weekly or as needed to control manure and odor build up. Feeders and waterers should be regularly cleaned and disinfected. Consider building your coop slightly larger than what you currently need in case you do decide to raise more chickens.
I’m speaking from personal experience and the experience of many who have told me the stories of eaten chickens they thought were safe locked up in their coop. Provide easy access for the farmer, with either a roof high enough to stand under or walls low enough to step over. First I need to whip up a quick ladder from a spare picket so they can get from the run into the coop.