Building a chicken coop for your chickens
What to remember when building chicken coops
Building chicken coops can be a great idea if you cant find a pre made hutch that is suitable for your chickens. You will be able to build it to the size and style that you require so your chickens will be happy and have plenty of room. There are several things that you should remember when building a chicken coop.
You should make sure that if you are going to have an adjoining chicken run when you are building a chicken coop that the mesh is fine enough to stop chickens from escaping and stop predators from getting in. Choose a sturdy metal mesh that cant be easily gnawed through.
You should think about the kind of roof that you are going to use when you are building a chicken coop too. Many people who build a chicken coop themselves make the mistake of using an acrylic roof. This will have a greenhouse style effect when it is sunny and your chickens could get heatstroke, which can be fatal. Instead choose a wooden or steel roof that will block out the sun and provide shelter.
Building chicken coops in your backyard
If you are building a chicken coop in your backyard, you should ensure that you have thought about the layout of your backyard first. Are you going to be allowing your chickens to graze on grass? You could build a chicken coop with wheels rather like a chicken tractor to allow your chickens to graze on fresh grass every now and then and give your grass a chance to replenish.
You should make sure that you build a chicken coop that is safe for your chickens, and this means installing it properly too. If your chicken coop is going to be stationary, you should make your that you build a concrete foundation to prevent anything from digging its way into your coop and harming your chickens.