Small Chicken Coop Plans For Novice

If this is your first time building a chicken coop, you will often face the decision to choose between a small chicken coup or a larger one.  The decision to choosing the right chicken coop will vary depending on different factors such as how many chickens you want to breed and the location where the coop will be at.  The size of the coop will need to be large enough to house all of your chickens. If you are planning to raise about three to five chickens, then a small coop will be ideal.

Choosing a plan to build a small coop should be fairly easy as it does not involve as much materials and labor as a larger chicken coop will.  When planning out your chicken coop, the most important factor to consider is to make sure there are enough room for all the chickens to sleep, eat, and exercise, which all of these in turns increase their ability to lay eggs.  Having adequate room will keep the chickens happy and healthier with less possibility of spreading disease.

Choosing the location for the coop should be somewhere out of direct sunlight, especially if you live in the warmer climate. An ideal place will be under a tree or close to a structure that provides shades half of the day.  If you don’t have any location that provide shades, you can place sun shade screens on top of the coop to help keep the heat out.  While most chicken themselves should not have any problems being under the sun, shading will help keep the chicken’s house cool.

When it comes to materials, it will usually consist of woods and nails.  There are different kinds of wood you can use.  The most popular wood to use to build a coop is Plywood which comes in different thickness.  Another popular kind of wood is OSB (Oriented Strand Board).  This is an engineered wood created by layering flakes and strands of wood together.  OSB wood is sturdy and cheaper than plywood, but it all comes down to your preferences.  The woods will be used for the walls, flooring, and rooftop.  However, most people choose shingles, tin or metal for the roof because it provide better protection from the elements.

Most people tend to place the coop on the ground, but it’s more ideal to place the chicken coop on cider blocks to prevent the woods and other materials from rotting, and prevent providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes are known to carry malaria and other diseases which could kill all your chickens after you have put all your efforts and time to raising the chickens.

For ventilation, a small coop will consist of one window or two and a couple holes in the roof.  Ammonia from the urine and feces from the chicken can get your chicken sick so you want it to escape as soon as possible.  The window should face each other to keep air flowing throughout the coop.  Also, make sure you use predator proof screens in windows to prevent foxes and other predators from going in and eating the chickens.  In the roof, you can puncture small holes to allow hot air to escape.  For the flooring, there should be no holes at all.  If there are, use waterproof caulk to seal the holes to prevent drafts.

Inside the coop, one side should have roosts and the other side should be nesting boxes.  The roosts should be elevated and closed by a door too keep the chickens safe at night.  The door leading into the coop should be large enough for the chickens to get in and out off.  Also, make sure the door has a lock that only a person can lock and unlock.  Most door will be manual open and close, but the door can be automatic as well, but that depends on your budget.

If you are just starting out, planning to build a small chicken coop should be the way to go.  If you mess something up, it won’t cost you a lot of money to fix.  After learning the basics of building your first coop, you should have no problem when it comes to building a larger chicken coop.

Buying Chicken Coop Online

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Building a chicken require patients, knowledge, and good with carpentry.  For some people, they might lack one of those and the only other options would be to buy a chicken coop.  There are many advantages to buying chicken coop and also have their disadvantages.  If you are in the market for a chick coop, one of the best place to start looking is online.

Buying a chicken coop online is not only a great place to buy but save you a lot of time as well.  You can compare chicken coop with each other and see reviews from others who have bought the item.  The only disadvantages to buying online is that you won’t be able to see the products until after you have paid for it. However, most companies offer refund if you decide the product isn’t right for you or the product isn’t what it’s description is online.

Before starting your adventure searching for the right chicken coop, there are some things you will want to consider to make a stress-free online purchase.  One of these thing is buying from a reputable company or seller.   There are over 1,000 sellers and companies selling chicken coop of all sizes and shapes.  Some comes already built and some will require some assembly so you’ll want to research carefully first.  The way to check if a seller or a company is legit is to read their reviews and do some research on them to see if there’s any negative issues you should be aware of.  If there are a lot of negative reviews, you will want to move on.

Another thing to consider is their workmanship.  Some chicken coop will look prefect online, but once it’s shipped to you, it will look like crap due to missing parts and materials.  One of the way to prevent that from happening to you is to ask the seller what type of material they used and if there is any warranty.  Usually if the chicken coop is built with high quality materials, the seller will offer a warranty on their product.

Chicken coop online can bought new or used.  If you are planning to buy one that is used, make sure to read the descriptions thoroughly and look at the picture carefully.  Also, make sure the picture isn’t just a placeholder.  If there is nothing in the description or the picture mentioning that this is the actual picture, email or call the seller to make sure it’s the real picture

There are many great places online to buy chicken coop such as Ebay, Amazon, and other large retailers.  From experience, I would buy from Amazon as you can see reviews for the seller by previous buyers and I never had any issues buying from Amazon before.  That should give you an idea of the service and product from the seller.  Click on the link to search for chicken coop on Amazon:  Chicken Coop

Lastly, buying chicken coop online does not only save you time, but offer you a hassle-free shopping experience.  If you take the time to do the research on the chicken coop you’re planning to buy, you should be a happy customer once it arrives at your door front. Happy online shopping!

Why Build A Chicken Coop?

If you’re planning to raise chicken either if it’s for meat or keep as a pet, you will need a chicken coop.  A chicken coop is basically a house where the chicken is kept most of the time.  Also, a chicken coop will prevent it from being eaten by predators and help shield them from the weather. There are many other great reasons to build a chicken coop as you can see below.

If you are want fresh and organic meats and eggs, building a coop for your chicken makes sense.  In this day and age, organic eating is the way to go.  With so many dangerous chemicals used to feed the chicken, overtime it can cause harms to your body.  So when choosing to eat only organic food, you will eliminate that risk factor.  Also, chicken that are fed organic food, their meat will taste much better too.  It will have more nutrients and flavors to the meat.  The eggs from the chicken will also taste better and be more healthier than eggs from the grocery stores.  The only disadvantage to raising chicken organically, is that it takes longer for the chicken to mature before it can be used to process for food.

Another reason to build a chicken coop is to prevent predators from eating your chicken.  Since chicken is a favorite food for a lot of predators, you will want to keep them from harm.  Some of the predators that will eat your chicken if given the chance are foxes, hawks, snakes, squirrels, raccoon, dogs, and cats.  Yes, your pet dog and cat will eat the chickens if given the chance.  They are predators by nature and chicken is one of their favorite prey.  This is why it is important to build a coop for your chicken.

Beside protection from predators, a chicken coop will protect it from mother nature as well.  Too much sunshine can cause your chicken to be stressed because of the heat.  A coop will also help shield the chicken from rain and snow too.  A good location to place the coop is somewhere that provide shades at least half of the day.  One ideal location is under a tree and another is a shack or something higher where the sun can’t shine on it all day long. As long as the chicken is kept out of the elements, they will be happy and a happy chicken is a healthy chicken.

If you are into organic gardening, building a chicken coop is a good idea too.  The dropping from the chicken are very good manure for your organic garden.  Now it might sound disgusting to use dropping from chickens, but it sure have a lot of nutrients that plants need to flourish.  One way to use the dropping is to mix them with the bedding that you used for the nest.  Mix both of them together and add soil to it and let it sit in the sun for a couple days or so.  You might want to use worms as well to help break down the dropping and bedding.  When it is ready, take a shovel and spread them around all of your plants.

When it comes to your family, it can’t be anything better than spending quality time with them.  This is a another great reason to build a chicken coop.  You can get your wife and kids to help you with the project.  Not only will you spend quality time with them but you will teach them some new skills in carpentry and some good learning experience that they could use later in life.  Be careful though and take all precautions when it comes to sharp items.

As you can see from above, there are many great reason on why build a chicken coop.  Just remember when building the coop, always have fun doing it.  If you’re not happy about building the chicken coop, you won’t be happy with the end results either.

Building Inexpensive Chicken Coops

Whether you are looking to raise chickens for food or raise them as a pet, you’ll need to build a chicken coop.  When it comes to building one, it all depends on your budget and what you want in a chicken coop.  If you want to raise chicken but are on a tight budget, you will want to look in the most inexpensive way to build a chicken coop, right?  Luckily for you, it’s possible to build one on a budget.

For most people especially novice, you will probably be thinking of buying one that’s built already.  A chicken house isn’t like a bird house or a dog house.  It’s more work involve in it than just slapping a woods together.  It requires a roosts and nest inside the house with proper ventilation.  Because of this, it’s isn’t cheap to find one.  Your only other option would be to build one yourself!

Building a chicken coup will be not as easy as building a dog house or a bird house, but it will be much cheaper than buying one. In addition, it can be a great project to do with your entire family.

If you have never built a chicken coop before, the idea of just planning it is scary.  Well, there is no need to fear as there are many great chicken coop plans available. You can find them online or at a craft store.  Each plan comes with full detailed instructions and materials you will need to buy to build a chicken coop. Some are available for free and some charges a small fee.  From my personal experience, I would recommend a paid plan as it is more detail oriented. The free plans are less informative and the directions might be harder to follow especially for novice.  However, if you can understand the basic, it should not be an issues following the instructions and building a coop.

Since you are looking to build the chicken coup inexpensive as possible, you will want to use the cheapest wood available.  OSB woods is an engineered wood and much cheaper than plywood.  However, it doesn’t tend to last as long as plywood would. You can still find good quality woods by going to your local home improvement stores and buying off cuts or used timber that the store have.  If one store doesn’t have used timbers, try to go to different stores and buy them.  Who knows, by the end of your fifth visit to different stores, you’ll have enough timbers to start your project.

 

If you still can’t find quality woods to use to build a chicken coup, another option would be to buy cheap woods and coat them with water-resistance paint.  Quality woods will prevent the wood from being damaged by water and other outdoors element. By coating the woods with water-resistance paint, you’ll have a sturdy and weatherproof chicken house.

As for other materials that you will need such as nails to hold the woods together, shingles or tins for the roof, and screens to keep predators out, they are cheap to buy.  Keep in mind that when buying these materials, you will not want to buy materials that last only for a week.  So if it’s a couple dollar more expensive, buy it since it will last longer.  For example, there are certain type of tins that last only for a short period of time because of the material used to build it.  So be sure to research the materials carefully before buying it or it’ll end up costing you more later on.  These are the basic materials you will need beside woods and having a plan will be more descriptive on what you will need.

As you can see, building a cheap chicken coup is possible.  You will just need to do more leg work and require more of your time going around searching for materials and other supplies, but in the end it’s worth every penny!

 

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