Constructing a coop almost always is an fascinating experience, despite the fact that it´s a lot of work.
It´s an exciting time because for many people, this is the time where they are going to put in work so that they can have access to fresh eggs and/or poultry in the near future.
Regardless though of what you are planning to do with your chickens, a common thing remains in the fact that you need some solid ideas for chicken coop plans.
Building a chicken house is not something that a person can really do without knowing how they are going to build the structure, and without knowing what all they need as far as materials go.
But even before all of that, there are some general “rules” that are important to be followed when building a coop.
- Nesting Boxes: If you are going to have a chicken house for the idea of having access to fresh eggs, then you are going to need to set up nesting boxes inside of your chicken coop, and your chicken coop designs ought to lay out these nesting boxes. A good rule of thumb for you to follow should be to have at the very least, 1 nesting box for about every 5 chickens that will be inside of the coop. You also should make sure that your nesting boxes are at least 4 feet in depth so there is plenty of room. An overcrowded nesting box can result in feather picking between chickens, a common problem with many chicken coops that are poorly constructed.
- Space: Of course, no coop blueprints should be put together without proper consideration for spacing inside of the coop. It´s very important for the health and the overall happiness of the chickens that they have at least 4 square feed of floor space per each chicken in the coop. For 20 chickens, you should construct a coop with 80 square foot of floor space, plus or minus however many chickens you plan to have in the coop.
- Perches: All chickens have a naturally born instinct to perch, and so you are going to need to provide them with the necessary perches in the coop so as to eliminate any bad perching habits. See, without perches in the coop, chickens will perch on their nesting boxes, their food and water dishes, and other less desirable places that can get clogged up with droppings from chickens. Perching stations should be set up in the coop appropriately.
By taking the extra time to do this, you ensure the happiness and health of your chickens for many years to come.