There are simple chicken coops that you can build by yourself. Designs, plans, details, tips and other pre-requisite information to build a coop can be found almost anywhere.
Before you commence building a simple chicken coop, have a read through these 9 handy reminders below:
1. Ensure you choose plans that are relatively straight forward to follow and suitable both for the number of chickens in your flock and the area in which you live.
2. when you construct your coop, pay attention to details that will help protect your flock from predators. Don’t overlook the possibility that potential predators could burrow under the ground to get to your chickens, so ensure the base is some way under the ground.
3. To make it easier for you to clean up litter, put a plastic “catcher” under the floor (if the coop is elevated) to catch droppings. just detach the plastic during cleaning days.
4. before you start constructing your coop, take into account the climate of the surrounding area. if you live in a place with volatile weather conditions, it is probably a good idea to build a movable chicken coop so you can situate it accordingly.
5. Pay attention to the design of your coop so that it is constructed in such a way that cleaning it is not a problem. it is a good idea to situate the floor at a sloping angle. this would allow you to hose the droppings and dirt towards the lowest area where they can then be easily collected.
6. consider where the coop is situated according to where the sun rises and sets. if you place the coop so that it is situated in the sunshine during the morning, this will dry out any dampness that could potentially cause sickness.
7. create a comfortable place for the hens to lay their eggs. The ideal number is one nest per three chickens. place the nesting boxes on the darkest part of the coop since hens don’t like laying eggs in the light.
8. Bear in mind you need to place a light on the coop. a single bulb can provide the needed light for a simple one. place the bulb in the chickens feeding area. it also comes in handy for providing heat during a particularly cold winter.
9. Construct your chicken coop where it can be easily seen from your home. if you peer through your kitchen window, you should be able to easily see the coop. You can then casually watch the coop from time to time without having to be more vigilant if it was out of sight completely.
Remember to put the 9 reminders in this article for building simple chicken coops to work and have fun.
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