If you’d like to build your own large chicken house (the proper way), there’s a few thing that you should learn.
For starters, you will be making a wise choice to construct it yourself, as you will will save a ton of money over hiring a contractor to do it for you.
Here’s a few of the required materials that you’ll need to develop a strong coop:
- Framing Lumber: Building the skeleton of your coop is most often going to be made out of 2X4´s and 2X3´s. For larger coop sizes, you might even need to go with 2X6´s or even 2X8´s. 4X4´ may be needed for support posts.
- Plywood: For roof sheathing, floors, and cladding walls, you are going to need plywood. Depending on the type of application that it is, OSB or T1-11 plywood paneling will be a sufficient alternative. There are different sizes and thickness levels.
- Nails & Screws: You are going to need both nails and screws for your chicken coop developing. You can find areas where a nail just isn´t going to do as good of a job as a screw would, vice versa as well. Use fasteners to suit both your building and various weather conditions. Using a shingled roof will require the usage of roofing nails as well.
- Roofing Shingles: Building your own chicken coop requires a layer of roofing shingles, just like you would put on a typical house. As an alternative, you can also get away with using roofing panels made of metal can be used as well.
- Wire Mesh: Typical chicken coops will be made with a wire mesh wrapping around the structure. This can be used to cover up vents, windows, or other gaps to make it safe from outside predators that might try to come in.
- Fencing Staples: To fasten the wire mesh in place, you should use special type U-shaped fencing staples.
These are some of the typical materials that you are going to need in order to build a chicken coop. Along with having the building materials, you will need to understand the plans and the blueprints for the hens in your coop.
You need to figure out the spacing, lighting, perching, and nesting box areas for your coop, while being sure that you are setting up a safe and secure coop for your hens.
It can be easy to construct a chicken house, and can save you a lot of money that it would cost to hire out a professional to do the developing. Get out and develop your own coop, and make your hens healthy and happy!
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