Important Things to Consider when Building Chicken Coops
The first thing you should think about when building chicken coops is the appearance and design.
How many chickens do you have? Will you need a small, mid or large size coop? Please remember that if you have neighbors they will probably be able to see your chicken coops. It doesn’t cost any extra to make a pretty chicken coop, but your neighbors will thank you for it.
When building your chicken coops, remember that you’re going to have to clean it out.
The easiest way to clean it out is put the chickens in the fenced area and hoses it down. It’s much easier to clean if the water flows back down near the door so a sloped floor towards the door is a must. The easiest way to accomplish this is to use shingles for the roof and seal everything up tight with silicone. Of course if you live in a cold climate you’re going to need to insulate your chicken coops so it stays warm in the winter. Chickens can handle cold quite well so insulating is good enough.
Even if you don’t need to insulate your chicken coops, you are going to need to ensure that it gets proper ventilation. The easiest way to do this is to install some windows in the coop that you can open. At the very top of the coop install some vents so in the summer the hot air can escape easily. In the winter you can cover these up to preserve heat.
Lastly, you’re going to want to place your waterier and feeders off the floor. Trust me from experience that having them on the floor creates a huge mess. All you need to do is build a little platform that they can reach where you place the food and water. As long as you take these design considerations into account when building your chicken coops you’ll have healthy happy chickens that lay great eggs all year long.