Designing a chicken coop has given many poultry farmer a headache. Many settle for a makeshift solution that is hardly suited to the task. if you have found yourself in this situation then fear not it is in fact pretty easy to design a good chicken coop in your backyard; all you need is some good quality information to get started and some material and you are all set. as a rule of thumb, it is recommended that you provide at least 4 square feet of space per chicken so that they may live comfortably. thus, if you have 6 chickens then the minimum size of your chicken coop becomes 24 square feet.
Also remember that since a chicken coop of this size if considered medium, it will be required to be installed in a permanent manner; hence you must be careful of a few things here:
a.your backyard: how big is your backyard and where in it your coop will suit best?
b.Predators: what kinds of predators prowl your area? are they land or air based? in any case your coop must provide adequate protection from any kind so make sure that there are no loop holes left from where they can get in.
c.the weather: Is the predominate climate hot or cold? Humid or dry? Remember to install adequate insulation if cold drafts are a problem and plenty of ventilation if it is too hot or humid. also remember to put your coop on elevated ground or stilts if rain is a problem.
d.inside the coop: your coop must be at least equipped with some adequate with some essentials such as waterers and feeders which are kept filled up. also it is a good idea to cover the floor of the coop with sand or sawdust as chickens love taking sand baths.