In the past, I have written about the benefits of chicken coop designs that are fun and easy to build.
This article is about one of the many challenges that a new chicken owner will face – deciding what style and design to build their own chicken coop. I will briefly highlight some of the options open to you here.
First of all, you need to consider predators.
You must design your chicken coop with predator protection in mind. For example, most coops will be built with a roof for protection from hawks or cats, but this is not always enough. It was once a major feat for two women to wrestle a ten-meter-long python that they eventually caught in a chicken coop at Kampung Jelutong, just outside Padang Terap, in the early hours of the morning. Luckily they were not injured and the python escaped.
If your hens are susceptible to attack by predators then ventilation is an important consideration.
Ventilation is particularly important if your flock is prone to heat and illness.
Chickens don’t like much ventilation and a well-designed ventilation system will help to keep the flock comfortable and disease-free.
There are several designs available for a good ventilation system, including chicken house shapes with vents running vertically through the sides and bottom of the building.
Ventilation is also important from the point of view of maintaining good egg production.
Egg production can be maximized if you have a large enough flock.
A well-designed chicken coop will allow plenty of air and light to get to the eggs, as well as prevent predators from getting to the flock.
You will also need to consider your local climate when choosing your backyard chickens’ shelter.
Will your climate be very cold, very warm, or somewhere in between?
You need to choose a chicken coop design that will allow your flock to remain comfortable and prevent them from being harmed by too much cold or too much heat.
Ventilation holes should allow lots of fresh air to get to the eggs during winter and summer but should be covered when it is too hot.
The size of your chicken coop depends greatly on the number of chickens you want to keep.
However, it’s equally important that your chicken coop is big enough for all of your chickens to live comfortably.
It’s no good having cramped conditions for your chickens if you expect them to lay healthy and quality eggs.
If you only have two chickens then you could probably go with a smaller coop so that you can still provide them with enough room to move about without feeling cramped.
The final consideration for your backyard chicken coop is the nesting boxes.
Chickens require their own nesting boxes in order to have a place to lay their eggs, so it’s a good idea to purchase nesting boxes that are large enough for your hens and have several small holes spaced closely together.
You could use plastic nesting boxes but make sure they are completely clean before you start providing your chickens with fresh air and light.
When building your backyard chicken coop, there are three major things to consider:
- nesting boxes,
- and hen house plans.
Ventilation is the most important element as poor ventilation means that your chickens won’t be able to stay healthy.
Your backyard flock will need plenty of fresh air and light to grow properly, so it’s a good idea to build your hen house plan with ventilation included.
If you take the time to do your research and build your backyard flock coop correctly, you can have an extremely successful poultry operation.