How To Make Your Own Chicken Coop

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Truths Of Building A Chicken Coop

If you have never built a chicken coop before then there are a lot of things that you have yet to realize about the process. While building a chicken coop can be a fun process it can also be quite annoying if you don’t realize some of the truths that surround it. Sadly, there is a lot of garbage here on the internet and rarely ever do you find someone that tells you the truth when it comes to things like chicken coop plans or how much time you can expect to invest to build a proper coop. I hope to break this sad trend with this article. Below you will find some of the truths I have learned when building a chicken coop.

Chicken Coop Truths

Truth 1- One thing I learned fast (as a beginner) was that any time someone says that free plans are better than paid plans is flat out wrong. I am not going to sit here and tell you that it is impossible to build a chicken coop out of free plans but you have to be pretty well versed in woodworking to make sense of some of the free plans out there. This was something I hope to correct with my own free chicken coop plans which will take you step by step through the coop building process.

Truth 2- Chicken coop size is everything. Now, this brings up an interesting question. How do you determine a good size for a chicken coop? As a general rule of thumb try to aim for 2-3 square feet per bird in the coop and 4 square feet per bird in the run. But I would recommend that the bigger you build your coop the better. Sometimes statistics and “recommendations” won’t give you exactly what you want.

Truth 3- No matter what you do when you build a chicken coop make sure you are accounting for what YOU are going to have to do to when you complete the coop. For example, you are going to have to clean the coop every once in a while. So, keep this in mind when you are building the coop. Make sure you have easy access to the places you need to clean.

Well, there you have it. Those are some of the things I have learned when dealing with chicken coops. No matter what anyone tells you, you will be investing some heavy time building the coop your very first time but I promise it gets easier after that.


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