Every day is a new adventure and it is so much fun tending to them and watching them. Various types of chicken houses are offered by retailers, including hen houses, chicken coops, chicken arcs, and chicken runs. Hardware cloth with 1/2-inch-square mesh, instead of chicken wire with its larger openings, was used on the top and sides of the run for increased protection from predators with skinny arms, like raccoons. Keeping your coop elevated discourages predators and eliminates the back-ache from cleaning a coop that sits lower to the ground.
A hinged door could be added to the front of the coop and the whole thing could be buttoned up at night for protection of your backyard flock. We first dug out our area and put a floor on. Our backyard is somewhat on a slope so we had to raise our floor and put it on cement pilings to allow for water drainage. For various reasons extra space separated from the main hen house is essential for maintaining a backyard flock. Measure, mark and cut siding panels to enclose the coop portion of the structure.
Instead of fitting your yard around your store bought coop, the coop can be tailored to suit your yard. This house is easy to build and made for easy access – to can reach everything while standing outside the door. Create extra perch space in a small coop by installing a branch in front of the nesting box. The screen door, window box and paint color of this cottage-style chicken coop mirror the owners’ bungalow located in a historic neighborhood. A friend of mine suggest that I invest in Oh Lardy’s Guide to Keeping Backyard Chickens and it is my new favorite book.
If you don’t know yet, a chicken tractor is basically a portable chicken coop that can be moved easily around your yard. The chicken coop should protect your backyard flock from hungry predators such as weasels, hawks and your neighbor’s Golden Retriever. In either case, makes sure these spaces are covered with chicken wire to keep critters out. Add in some colorful tiles and custom-sized windows to give your chicken coop a unique look.
The only changes the owners say they would make: to extend the chicken run and to possibly add a fence around the coop so the hens wouldn’t have access to the yard and garden plots. There was a concrete pad already poured where we wanted to build the coop, but we wanted to use that for a future shed or work area for the garden that is part of the same area.
To help both, first time, and experienced chicken keepers, we’ve decided to get in touch with 47 backyard chicken keepers to find out exactly what they wish they knew before getting backyard chickens. Sure there are many prebuild backyard chicken coop out there in the market all claiming to be the cheaper and thus optimal choice for all your needs. Another thing to consider in your plans is the ventilation You’ll want to ensure that you have some air flow through the coop otherwise the smell will become very strong. Residential chicken farming has really exploded in recent years, as people want to be both more frugal and self sufficient.
Then in order to understanding how to accurately build the chicken coop which has been conceptualizing, it is important to consult building and chicken coop experts. After constructing the low-slung, triangular frame, cover one half in wire mesh to make the chicken run, then clad the other half to form the weatherproof shelter. Generally, this area is open to the environment except for some sort of protection such as chicken wire. Measure all sides of the chicken coop frame to determine how large each plywood sheet must be in order to cover the structure.
Let me tell you from experience, there is nothing worse than having to basically climb in the coop to get it clean. The second example is a coop put together by the Royal Botanic Gardens in Hobart with recycled pallets and scrap materials, while the third coop is one that I put together at home with all off-cut materials, a desk and an old chest of draws.
Anyway, in this chicken coop plan, they explained step by step from the material list, floor elevation plan, up to installing the roof. 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. The second reason is to deter chicken predators and pests from chewing into the coop from the ground. We owe a great deal of credit to the people who were willing to share their coop photos. On top of that, I prefer a wide rectangle coop instead of square because it’s more efficient.
A North Carolina farmer used salvaged wood and tin to build the structure for this unique chicken coop, the shelter of which boasts crushed beer cans as shingles. The roof is split into multiple segments so the roof may be peaked, closed or completely opened up. This is a perfect unit for someone who has a few chickens, but still needs to minimize the space that the coop will be using.
All you need to do is decide how many chickens you want, (I would recommend 2 to 4 chickens for a city backyard.) and make sure that you find a chicken coop design that will suit that amount of chickens. Once the amenities are in place, your enclosed coop and run is ready to house up to six chickens of any size or breed. Our shed did not have any windows in it. Before we could use it for a coop we added four windows in the back and two windows in the door. It’s held in place by a piece of 1×2 on each side of the coop and it slides up for removal.