Humans have long been raising poultry for centuries. For many, it is a hobby. Others count on their hens for money or to provide their loved ones with fresh new eggs.
Regardless of what your reasons are, you are likely to require a spot to house your new poultry.
Building your own personal chicken house is usually a enjoyable, rewarding procedure that the whole family can take part in.
With the correct resources and a solid plan, your project could be completed in only one weekend. Before starting on your venture, there are a few factors you need to take into consideration.
1. One of the first things you should do is find out if it is even possible for you to raise chickens on your property. Check your local zoning laws to see if its legal. If it is, there may be restrictions on how many chickens you can raise. If you are still unsure, consult a local zoning official. They will be able to answer all of your questions and clear up any confusion.
2. Once you have all the necessary legal information, you should decide how many chickens you want to raise. The size of your coop and which plan you choose will be largely dependent upon this factor. Take this time to inspect the area you will be keeping the coop in to make sure you have enough space. While you may have the ambition to raise many chickens, you certainly don’t want to sacrifice their comfort and health in order to do so.
3. The next step is to begin designing your coop. If you have experience in this area, you can use this opportunity to be creative. For those who have little experience with building, there are many books, websites and even eBooks available which offer tips and plans.
It may be a good idea to stick with something simple (check out our free videos to learn more.) in order to avoid any unnecessary complications. Make sure the design offers plenty of room for your chickens to move around, nest and peck. Multiple nesting boxes should also be a part of the plan. Adequate ventilation and, of course, a roof are also important features that your coop will need.
4. Regardless of which plan you choose, you want to make sure your coop is built with quality materials. You may be able to find some recycled materials, but make sure they are still in good condition before using them. Your chickens will need a safe, warm place to dwell; one that will be able to withstand harsh weather conditions. It is important not to skimp in this area.
There are a vast array of coop quality plans available. Some are highly sophisticated and very expensive. On the other hand, some simple plans can teach you how to build your chicken coop for a hundred dollars or less. This provides you and your family with a fun weekend project that won’t break your budget.
Do it yourself projects, such as this one, also give you a feeling of accomplishment. Once the work is done, you and your family will be able to enjoy your chicken’s fresh eggs. Just make sure to put the effort into planning your venture ahead of time.