Chicken Coop Designs: What to Consider

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January 29, 2013 by joelflynn85

Building a chicken coop can be a fun activity that you can do with your family or friends, if they are into raising chickens. Well, they should be, given the many benefits of raising your own chickens in your backyard.

The first thing that you should do is of course to build your own chicken coop. Designs vary greatly from small, medium, to large. There is an option to buy a pre-constructed chicken coop in the poultry farm, but building your own coop has its own perks. If you are a handyman yourself, you may want to grab your things and try your hand at this project.

Before you start though, there are certain things that you should take into consideration.

First would be the size of the coop. Think about how many chickens you will be raising. A small coop generally holds about 2-3 chickens, while a medium sized one holds about 5-10. Any more than that and you’ll be needing really wide yard.

Next, when looking at the chicken coop design, make sure that it has proper ventilation. Remember that a free flowing air is important inside to the chicken coop. For one, proper amounts of oxygen and fresh air will make your chickens comfortable and produce more eggs. Also, without proper ventilation, the gases emitted by the chicken’s dung will release high levels of carbon monoxide will do not only harm the chicken but you as well. Lastly, good air flow ensures that there is no or minimal mold growth in the chicken coop.

Another thing to look at when choosing a chicken coop design is the insulation. Insulation helps to ensure that your chickens are well-protected against harsh weather conditions like extreme cold and heat. Proper insulation also ensures that the humidity levels inside the chicken coop are maintained.

Make sure to protect your chickens from other weather elements, too. In places where is frequently rains, it is best to build your chicken coop in an elevated area. This will make sure that the rain doesn’t get stuck in the chicken coop and cause dampness and muddiness. If possible, construct a drainage system for you chicken coop to ensure that water does not collect inside. It would also be a good idea to have some tarps lying around in order to further protect your chickens when torrential downpours occur.

Building a chicken coop can be a great way to lead a self-sustaining life, but do remember that this is only possible if you take care of your chickens properly.

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