If you’re wanting to start building a chicken coop and keeping your own chickens, you’ll first need to know what makes up a chicken coop. This coop has a great design that makes it easier for owners to tend to the chickens. I did that for just over a year or so, and then I built my first coop after scanning who knows how many designs! 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. If you pick a chicken breed that doesn’t match with your needs and lifestyle, you could run into trouble. You’ll need about 3 sq. ft. of floor space inside the chicken coop, for each hen and another 5 sq. ft. of space outside the chicken coop or hen house.
I was less than thrilled when I saw this girl out back, but was reassured knowing our feathered friends were secure in their coop & yard. If a time ever comes when food is not so readily available, one can easily scale up a small backyard flock of chickens to help supplement food shortages. You can solve this by simply adding some small windows covered with chicken wire.
Whether you’re using our chicken coop house plans or going your own way, make sure you get over to our Coop Thoughts chicken coop blog for plenty of free ideas on how to build a chicken coop that’s right for you. Since chicken wire will not keep predators out, be sure to securely fasten quarter inch hardware cloth to any windows or ventilation holes you cut into the coop. Level the ground and get materials for elevating the coop off the ground several inches.
Hopefully this will help reduce or eliminate water leaking into the coop from the nesting boxes. Putting part of the chicken run under the structure not only allows for good air circulation, but also gives the birds a place to get out of the weather. Note the hardwood posts of the chicken run and coop tie in nicely with the frame for the coop door and laying box latch frame. Old trampolines are ideal for building a chicken coop if you want a quick and easy coop. I had no idea about various chicken breeds, their characteristics, or even their feather colours.
However, if you build a wooden floor, plan to raise it 6 inches off the ground. The inside of the coop needs to be disinfected — including troughs, perches and nests. Easy cleaning and maintenance (including being able to stand inside & have easy access to clean coop). Inspired by the conical tents used mostly by the Great Plains American Indians, large culms of bamboo form the outside of this coop. They will let you know if raising backyard chickens isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Don’t be afraid to stick your neck out and hatch a coop idea of your own.
One option is to complete thorough cleanings of the coop more than once a year. Measure all sides of the chicken coop frame to determine how large each plywood sheet must be in order to cover the structure. I’m often amazed that a bird this beautiful is just walking around in my backyard. The screen door, window box and paint color of this cottage-style chicken coop mirror the owners’ bungalow located in a historic neighborhood. When you’ve downloaded the PDF files from this site (there are 3 designs) you’ll realize that it’s really easy to build.
Some chicken coops include ramps for the birds’ access to nests, the chicken coop itself, or a variety of other features within the chicken coop. I’ve been slightly embarrassed by our lean-to coop for some time now, so I decided to take matters into my own hands (and my dad’s very capable hands too) and build a chicken coop we can be proud of. This coop is no lean-to!
Our 45+ page e-books include complete tools and materials lists, measurements, photos, diagrams, and step-by-step instructions to show you how to build a chicken coop or run you’ll love. On the other hand, if your chicken flock varies in size including smaller chickens that can fly over fences, you’ll need to construct a pen with closed in wired or netted roof. Next, we added chicken wire to the bottom, cut out doors and put hinges on them.