Building chicken arks is far easier than you think

Building chicken arks is far easier than you think! But too many people make the mistake of buying a hen ark before doing enough study. There are plenty of readymade Chicken coops available but the problems with them is that they are very expensive, not tailored to the needs of the purchaser and finally require assembly in which case the person purchasing just pays for overpriced pieces which he could have got at a good price locally.

There are a few things you need to consider before you can make an investment:

  1. How much money can you spend: If you have set aside about 150 to 200 dollars for such an investment then it is best that you go in for a small sized chicken ark. On the other side if you can spare anywhere between 300 to 500 dollars or more then you really need not hold yourself back and can go in for a medium sized coop or even a larger premium coop with a chicken run and plenty of nesting space.
  2. Next, how many birds you have: With a poultry of 2 – 4 birds you really need not consider anything bigger than a Chicken Ark. These are small and portable and can be moved around easily by one man. If you have something like 4 – 8 birds then a medium sized coop will be best for you. These include a nesting space for the birds as well. Lastly, with a poultry larger than 10 chickens will demand a large sized coop. The size of the coop should be determined by the number of birds at all times. Remember the standard recommended area per bird is 4 square feet MINIMUM, so keep that in mind before you make a coop.
  3. How much space do you have to offer and where will you be making the coop: If your backyard isn’t really big then having a premium sized coop might mar the beauty of it. On the other hand if you have plenty of space to offer, a good number of birds, and a sizeable portion of your income dedicated to your poultry then nothing should stop you from making the best purchase possible.
  4. Finally, your place of residence: If you are living in an urban place then you will probably want to go in for a good looking chicken coop to compliment your backyard. Although this is generally not required in a country setting, you can of course go in for an aesthetically pleasing hen house if you want to. Also be aware of where you place your coop. Too many times people have placed their chicken coop in wrong place only to have their relationships with their neighbors strained. Although a Chicken ark maybe moved about easily this will not be possible in the case of a medium or large sized chicken coop.

Although I have put these things in a sequential manner, please don’t think any are more important than the other. Any lax on your part can frustrate yours and other people living within your vicinity. Above all use your common sense to dictate the course and everything will work out fine.

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