Building a chicken coop allows you to raise chickens for eggs, harvest organic eggs, recycle the food scraps as well as develop quality fertilizer from chicken droppings. The whole process may look complicated but with the right tools, you can do it yourself. Here is a step by step guide on how to make a chicken coop:
First, Set Your Goals.
The size of your chicken coop will defer depending on your need as well as the available space. You will need to first determine how many chickens you plan to keep and whether you are keeping the chickens for eggs or meet before you begin making the chicken coop.
Develop a Chicken Coop Plan
No matter how small or big you plan to make your chicken coop, you need a detailed and clear plan. You can either make your own chicken coop plan or purchase it. Here are some of the most important factors that should be considered when making a chicken coop:
Tips About The Height
Raise your chicken coop about two or three feet above the ground. This makes the chickens less accessible by predators.
Depending on the outside elements, a chicken coop requires insulation. Select materials depending on how much protection from the harsh elements you chickens need.
Since the chickens will be eliminating inside the house, you will need to ensure that there is free flow of air through the coop.
Food and Water
The chickens need access to clean water and food when inside the coop. Choose a system that suits your plan.
Perches provide a place for the chickens to roost at night. Ensure that there is enough space to prevent your chickens from cramping in a small area.
This is the place where chickens lay eggs. Do not make it too comfortable or spacious so that the chickens are not encouraged to over stay there.
Assemble The Tools And Materials
You will need plywood or wood of different sizes, litter, screws, hinges, chicken wire and nails. Additionally, you will need a workbench, hammer, drill, a measuring tape, power saw, sander, leather gloves and a facemask.
After gathering the above items, you can now begin making the chicken coop. Be very careful when building to avoid any mistakes as well as accidents. Follow the step by step instructions that are given on the coop plan.
· First, join the bottom frames, then the supporting frames and the side frames. Use wood glue to hold the frames together and drill small pilot holes for the nails.
· After the frames are ready, you can put the sidings; chicken wire or plywood as well as the roofing materials.
· Windows and doors are the last thing to work on for ventilation purposes
Once the chicken coop is ready, paint it to make it more pleasing to the eyes. Painting also protects it from weathering.