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How to Build a Chicken Coop Properly

Aug 13, 2008
If you have chickens, you probably wonder how to build a chicken coop on your own so you wouldn't have to pay anyone else to do it for you. There are some things that you would have to take into consideration when you are learning how to build a chicken coop.

First and foremost, you need to consider its appearance. It is a good idea to sketch out your coop's appearance or design on a sheet of paper so you would have a clear-cut idea about how you would like it to turn out. What colors would you like to use? Make sure that it's aesthetically made, so you or your neighbors would not mind looking at it on a daily basis. You can't have people complaining about how atrocious looking your chicken coop is.

It is a good idea to take note of your responsibility as the owner of the coop before you even build it. Make sure that you keep it clean so that it wouldn't cause any problems. Make sure that you keep its surroundings clean as well.

You don't have to worry about learning how to build a chicken coop. Learning the basics will not require a lot of time and effort. You just need to use sound judgment in making decisions while designing the structure of your coop.

For instance, you need to choose materials that will allow easy cleaning and disinfecting accessibility. You need to make sure that you install a door that opens inwards not outwards. It is also better to place sliding windows. If you want to make sure that you will avoid puddles when you hose down the coop, you should build the floors with a slight slope so that waters will easily slide towards the door. These sensible choices will ensure that you will not have your chickens roosting outside their coop.

You're also probably wondering how to build a chicken coop that is safe from hazardous elements. Naturally, you would want to keep your chickens safe from bad elements like wind, rain, hale, cold, snow, storm and so on. You also would like to keep them safe from wolves, foxes (if there are any near your area) and thieves. It is also sensible to want to learn how to build a chicken coop that will keep your chickens safe from injuries.

Again, you need to use sound judgment when you are building a coop that will protect your chickens from all possible causes of harm. You need to build your windows and doors with proper protection and screening system in place. A heavy gage mesh wire can provide good protection. You should also make sure that you build your chicken coop in a high but dry land area. The coop should face the sun as well. This will keep your chickens warm during the cold seasons. Make sure, however, that you provide your chickens with proper ventilation and a sufficient supply of light and warmth.

There you have it. These are sensible guides on how to build a chicken coop properly. Nailing boards and placing wires in place is easy, but you need to know how to build a chicken coop correctly to make sure that you will keep your chickens safe and sound.
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