Most people think that chicken coop construction is a tedious and difficult job

Most people think that chicken coop construction is a tedious and difficult job. So, they end up purchasing readymade chicken coops that cost a lot more than home built ones. If you don’t have the budget to buy one from the market, you might like to consider building your own chicken coop. It’s a manageable task as long as you have proper chicken coop construction plans. Here are some tips that’ll come in handy:

When it comes to chicken coop construction, safety is a big factor. The chicken coop has to serve as a shelter, retreat and protection for your chickens.
Chicken coops are accompanied by what are called runs or the area outside the chicken coops.

Select quality designs and plans that guide you on the best materials to buy based on where you reside. Always be sure about the size of the chicken coop. Do you need a small, medium or large coop? If you don’t get the correct size and your chickens are uncomfortable, they won’t produce eggs properly. Ten chickens require a large coop.

A safe guideline for housing chickens comfortably is 4 square feet of space with a perch length of 9? per chicken.

As for the chicken run, 8 to 10 square feet per chicken should be adequate.

Ensure that you include a way by which you can enter the coop when needed to clean the area or collect eggs.

Your chosen design for the chicken coop must provide enough light and ventilation, have a storage area, an entrance hole (hatchway), and a main door that opens towards the inside.

In the chicken coop construction, you will need rectangular boards of wood or 3/4″ plywood sheets, roofing material such as shingles,  PVC pipes, broken pieces of logs, window catches, door latches and bolts, nails, hinges, acrylic sheet for the window panes, wood shavings, mesh and chicken wire.

Make sure that the materials you purchase are of good quality, especially the wood since it has to withstand rough weather and termites.

Use some sort of thick wood for the roosts, such as 2? x 2? or 2? x 4? planks and do round off their edges.

Put an easy to clean surface under the chicken coop such as a 3″ covering of wood shavings.

Whichever material you decide to go for, factor in local climate conditions and keep in mind that it needs to stand the test of time. All the best with your chicken coop construction plans!

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