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Plans For A Chicken Coop – Vital Features

By Brad Keller

Want to keep you chickens happy, healthy and productive? How big should their coop be and which features are essential? What about ventilation and nest boxes? These questions and more like them are answered right here.

Feel encouraged! – Provided you’re willing to make a little effort, you can almost certainly build your own chicken coop at home. Despite no wood working experience prior to building our first coop, it’s still in use many years on. The keys to your success are clear and detailed coop construction plans along with giving yourself time.

Considering tools, most backyard chicken coop plans require only basic equipment and none need to be electrical – although that would speed up your work. You’ll only need a wood saw, a drill with bits and a screw driver. A jig saw or junior hacksaw will make cutting any curves easier. Of course you also need a tape measure and pencil.

If you’re a budding architect and wish to design your own coop, or if you’re thinking of buying plans for a chicken coop, make sure certain essential basic features are incorporated:

A dry undercover area without any draughts

Make it easy to clean. Either tall enough to walk into, or with removable panels / roof so you can reach right inside without falling in head first!!

Chickens can be like naughty children and they certainly KNOW when theyre at arms-length-plus-2-inches!! Be certain you can reach the entire chicken coop without tools and an hour to spare.

The chickens need somewhere to nest that is dark and dry. This will encourage them to lay there and not scatter their offerings far and wide in the hedgerows.

Size really does matter. When thinking about how large to make your coop, allow at least 3 to 4 sq. ft. of floor space per chicken for big breeds and 2 sq. ft for bantams. You’ll need to double this area for their health or triple it for their happiness if your chickens will be confined for much of the day!

Whether large or small, chicken coop plans need nest boxes. You’ll want to provide 1 nesting box for every 4 or 5 hens. They should be in a dark dry place to encourage laying and also to reduce the chance of egg eating which is a difficult habit to break.

Ventilation is obviously important so make sure you have mesh covered ventilation holes toward the top of the coop along with windows that can be opened in hot weather if your chickens are confined to barracks for any length of time.

The most important aspect of any plans for a chicken coop, which has a dramatic and direct effect upon your chickens health and therefore productivity, is making their home portable. Try to move your coop regularly, at least once per week if they’re confined to a small run but less often if free ranging. If your hens free range then don’t move their coop too far in one go. They are not the brightest sparks and will return to where it WAS and sleep on the ground if it’s too far away!!

I hope this helps you develop confidence in your ability to build you own chicken coop. Once you have, then you too can experience that sense of pride and accomplishment when you gaze at your masterpiece of craftsmanship and it’s happy occupants.

Make sure you build the best coop from the start so take a look at this selection of online chicken coop plans available to download.

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