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Chicken House Plans – 7 Steps To A Better Chicken House

By Ann Wallis

Raising backyard chickens can’t be that difficult, can it? Before you take the leap and begin raising your flock, make sure you have a good chicken house for your feathered friends.

Building a chicken house for one’s feathered friends will save you cash and will let you modify the house to suit your specifications. Before hammering that first nail, make sure your chicken house plans take into account these seven important factors:

1. Size: You need to allow enough space for the chickens. For standard chickens 3-4 feet square inside the coop and 6-10 square feet in the run is suggested. For bantam chickens you can get away with 2-3 square feet indoors and 8 feet square outside per chicken.

2. Lighting: Chickens need light to be able to lay their eggs. Where possible try and face the coop towards the sun and install windows to bring in the light and also the warmth.

3. Ventilation: You chicken house must be well ventilated to let the fresh air in, but not drafty. If high winds are a problem, consider building the coop in a sheltered location.

4. Insulation: Don’t forget to take into consideration temperature changes. In cold climates your chicken house will need to be insulated.

5. Feeders and Waterers: The feeders and waterers should be easily accessible by both bird and man. Think about installing automatic waterers to get a constant supply of fresh water.

6. Nesting Boxes: If raising chickens for eggs, you should have nesting boxes for the hens to lay in. Allow one nesting box per two hens. They don’t like to be crowded when laying!

7. Predators: Chickens are tasty, not just to us but to a wide range of predators. Ensure your chicken house and run are safe on every side including below ground level and above. Take into account the burrowing and flying predators! Common predators include foxes, raccoons, coyotes, skunks and hawks. Wire mesh fencing is frequently used to keep the chickens in and predators out. Ensure when you are putting in fencing to dig down at least one foot to protect your chickens from burrowing predators.

It is vital when constructing a chicken coop to possess a written blueprint to work with. If your chicken house plan takes into account these seven factors, you will be on your way to creating a safe, secure home for your chicken flock.

Ann Wallis is a live long gardener that has recently stumbled on the delights of rearing chickens. For more info on raising chickens as well as the best chicken coop plans visit

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