It may seem daunting to build a large chicken coop. You can make a coop that will be comfortable for your hens for many years if you have basic woodworking skills. Before you start, here are some tips. Aivituvin blog recognizes the affection you feel for your animal. Our team is dedicated to creating secure sanctuaries. You’ll find peace of mind and security for your pet.
Take your time and think it out
Don’t rush to build your coop. You should have detailed plans and sketches and considered all aspects of a coop, including cost, size, portability, ongoing maintenance, and cost. You should consider the function of your coop. Your birds may find their way out if the doors are not open inwardly. Consider ventilation. You might consider adding sliding windows to your home for hot summer days. The most important thing is to determine the maximum number you can house in this coop.
You can find a detailed chicken coop plan online or in a book if you are new to woodworking. These plans can be used as-is or modified. You might even have a brilliant idea while looking at those plans.
Properly Size Your Chicken Coop
Although you may be adamant about allowing your chickens to roam free, are you willing to let the farm know? Chickens that have plenty of space to roost are happier and healthier. Coops that are too cramped can lead to aggressive birds pecking at one another and faster spread of disease.
Make sure you have plenty of space for your guests.
Chickens love to perch or roost on woodpiles or the tops of waterers and feeders. To discourage ground parasites, they prefer to roost on the ground. They don’t like to sit in their droppings.
They don’t like to be too far off the ground so make sure your roosting poles are at least 2-3 feet above the ground. Each chicken should have at least 6-10 inches of roosting space. A plank made of wooden strips and topped with wooden strips will be needed to allow the chickens to climb up to the top of the roosting poles, which can reach more than 4 feet in height.
Keep the Predators Away
Sturdiness is a must for your coop. To keep predators like raccoons away, the coop must have a solid floor. You can also consider electric net fencing if you have wily animals that are hunting your birds. You don’t have to spend a lot on construction.
Recycled Materials: Save Money
Upcycling and taking old materials and turning them into something useful can help you save money on your coop’s cost. Recycled materials are great, but only to a certain extent. It is not a good idea to use rotten or worn wood, or other low-quality materials that may end up getting damaged quickly. Sometimes, the imperfections of a salvaged window can be too difficult to deal with. This can lead to frustration for beginners and may not make the item worthwhile. If it’s not worth your time, you can always scrap it.
Create Cozy Nesting Boxes
One nest box per four to five hens is a good goal. Also, the nest boxes should be at least two feet above the ground. Otherwise they won’t be used. You should also consider how you will get to the nest boxes from the outside of the coop so that you can easily collect eggs.