DIY Chicken Coops
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Chicken Coop - Hen House
If you have a small (urban) area, raising chickens can be a great choice. Of course the first thing you need to do, is check your local by-laws. Some residential areas to not allow you to raise chickens or any other fowl (birds). Others restrict the number of chickens (hens) and outlaw rosters (crow in morning). At the same time, it’s a good idea to bounce the suggestion off your neighbours to see if they have any objections. Chickens will make some noise and there can be a bit of aroma in the air.
So you are ready to raise your own chickens. You’ll need a chicken coop!
A chicken coop, also called a hen house, will protect your chickens from weather and predators. You’ll need about 3 sq. ft. of floor space inside the chicken coop, for each hen and another 5 sq. ft. of space outside the chicken coop or hen house. Inside the chicken coop you will need nesting boxes, a watering device (waterer) and something for feeding your chickens.
Build or Buy a Chicken Coop?
This question usually comes down to how handy you are. A chicken coop does not need to be fancy, the chickens won’t complain, but it does need to be functional and sturdy. You may find it hard to locate someone who sells chicken coops as well. Farmers can buy in bulk and get better pricing. Most farms I know, make their own chicken coops as well. There are many free designs to be found on the Internet.
Things to keep in mind when buying or making a chicken coop.
DIY Plans for a Chicken Coop - Hen House
** we'd love to hear about the chicken coop you built. Feel free to respond via our feedback page -we may even add your plans: feedback
Here's a small-mid sized chicken coop from Instructables. We like these plans - easy to build. I think we would keep the eves open. The cupola on the roof is a good idea for ventilation. Note the last page where the author has made changes to the plans as listed - removed storage space and made outside area larger.
Click on picture to open plans.
Here's another small sized chicken coop from TheBantamRoost. This house is easy to build and made for easy access - to can reach everything while standing outside the door.
Bill of Materials
Start by cutting out the different walls. Then cut the 2 X 2 strapping. Attach the strapping by laying it under the plywood and nail the plywood to the strapping instead of nailing the strapping to the plywood. The back wall needs to be spliced together, as it consist of 2 "leftovers". This is done when the building is assembled, by nailing it to the side walls.
Here's a great adaptation by Rachel Whetzel, using a storage bin. The pictures speak for themselves. Note the need for ventilation. We're recommend some even larger vents in both ends of the storage bin.
. Add vents to the Bin .
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