Thursday, December 6, 2012

How to Build a Chicken Coop - 3 Essential Tips to Properly Build a Chicken Coop


If you're wondering how to build a chicken coop, then you are definitely not alone. Chicken coops are becoming more and more popular. Using these quick and easy design elements and adding them to your overall chicken coop plan, you will build a chicken coop that is both pleasing to the eye, and safe for your chickens.
Tip #1 - Build a Safe Chicken Coop
You not only need to protect your chickens from hungry predators, but they must be able to survive the natural elements, such as rain, snow, and summer heat. The location of your chicken coop is of upmost importance when considering the safety of your chickens. Primarily, you should build the chicken coop in a high and well drained area, so if and when it does rain, the coop will dry quickly. It is also important to have your chicken coop face the sun, so that the coop can dry properly in wet seasons.
When hot weather hits, proper ventilation is key. Installing sliding windows and doors that can be opened and closed as needed will provide the chickens proper ventilation in hot weather.
In order to protect your coop and chickens from predators, you should bury your outside runs with chicken wire surrounding the coop at a depth of about 1 foot. This will deter all but the largest predators from reaching your chickens.
Tip #2 - Build an Easy Maintenance Coop
Diseases and sickness can spell disaster to coop bound chickens. Cleaning your chicken coop should be as easy as possible so that you can do it quick and often. There are a few design techniques that will ensure cleaning your chicken will be easy. Install doors that open inward and not outward. Another design element that makes it much easier to clean your chicken coop is to design the floor at a low angled slope towards the main door. When hosing down the inside of the coop with water and disinfectants, the water will drain outside the coop automatically, instead of puddling in the middle - which can be a major hassle.
Tip #3 - Keeping Your Coop Warm and Bright
A properly built chicken coop is not only well ventilated, but warm in the cold winter months. There are a few simple tips to follow in order to keep your chickens warm at night or in the cold seasons. The first tip is to properly insulate the walls of the structure. This will not only keep your chickens dry in wet seasons, it will help to hold in the heat in the cold. You should also face the chicken coop so that the windows let in light from the sun. This is an easy and inexpensive way to keep your chickens warm in the cold months.
Another tip is to install a proper electrical lightning system. These are relatively inexpensive and cheap to maintain. Installing light will not only let you see the chickens if you need to at night, it can serve as a wonderful heat source.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

There is no Role of Roosters in the Egg Formation

Yes!!! The title of this article is 100 per cent correct and also you read it correctly. Most of us don’t know the fact that the rooster is not required to produce egg within the hen. Many animals including human beings need no male partners to produce eggs. Egg production is a physiological phenomenon of a female of a mammal. The partner is only needed to fertilize the eggs. In other words, the table purpose eggs don’t require cocks in a chicken coop.

If you’re going to use the eggs for table purpose only, you don’t need males in your coop. On other hand, if you do require eggs for hatching, then you should have at least one male for 10-20 females in your chicken coop.

My advice for the first timers of raising chicken is that they don’t require roosters for their backyard farm because the roosters not only going to produce fertilized egg, but also waking up to the lovely sound of a rooster crowing in the morning. Moreover, the roosters crow throughout the day, which will bother you and your neighbours.

Friday, November 11, 2011

How to Maintain the Chicken Coop?

By now we have discussed great deal of information about the chicken coop building, hence it is time to discuss about the maintenance of the coop. You must have put in your best efforts to construct the chicken coop and must have positioned it also as per the guide lines discussed already. The chicken coop will disintegrate sooner than latter if proper maintenance was not done. The maintenance and the repair work of the chicken coop are not all that difficult if proper care is taken on regular basis.

Pay attention to the door

The door of the chicken coop should be cared the most as it is the only part in the coop that will be moving too often. This is because you will be going inside the coop for feeding, watering, taking the eggs etc. Hence the door of the coop should be watched carefully. In case the latch is lose, repair it immediately and if required replace it completely. If the door is giving problems to you often, then there is no harm in replacing the door with new one. Let the door be designed according to the usage of the farmer in order to minimize the wear and tear of the door by unwanted usage.

Checking the fence

The structure of the fence should be watched regularly next to the door. The fence should be completely checked at least once in a month. In case the chicken coop area is full of predators, the sturdiness of the fence should be assessed more often. The fences are more prone for walking and hence more around the fence and check each and every part with care. If there is any gap or weak part, just correct the same without wasting anytime. The predator may gain entry through that weak spots and play havoc.

Check the feeders

The feeders placed in side the chicken coop should be checked on regular basis. As these feeders are going to be in use every day, more care is definite requirement, is it not? In some coop the feeders placed may be bent or tilted which is a warning signal and hence the feeder should be immediately replaced. The feeders are more likely to be damaged as there will be a constant fight among the chickens for the food. The height of the chicken feeder also needs to be monitored regularly. The chicken will be growing regularly and the feeder height should be adjusted according to the height of the chicken. The chicken should feed comfortably which will result in good yield of eggs. Right height of the chicken will prevent the feed wastage also. Just adjusting the feeder height to one inch or two will result in extraordinary results.

One should never neglect the maintenance of the chicken coop. the maintenance of mobile chicken coop is much easier compared to the maintenance of the fixed chicken coop. In case of fixed chicken coop, all one has to do is regular maintenance check, nothing else.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Protecting your Chicken within Chicken Coop


By now I am of the firm opinion that you should be having sufficient knowledge on the chicken coop, building material, building process etc. you should also know how to protect the chickens housed inside. If this knowledge is lacking the very purpose of the chicken coop idea will go awry. The chickens housed should be comfortable and must have sufficient light and ventilation. The chickens should be protected from the predators.

One must be wondering what he or she should do to protect the chickens housed in the chicken coop. here are few information on that. If the chickens are not protected, the predators will come at them sooner than latter. For this one should have clear idea about the potential predators of the chicken at that area. The predators are the creatures like foxes, larger dogs, coyotes, rodents etc. these predators may try to enter the chicken coop by digging the ground around the fence there by getting entry. In case you are at a new place and are not aware of the predators roaming around in those area, just have a discussion with the person living nearby and request his experience with the predator. The knowledge of the predator will help you to design the plan to thwart the attempt of the predator, is it not?

Location

It is very essential to select the best location for planning a chicken coop. we have already discussed about the landscape required for the chicken coop, but not have discussed about the location proximity to the house of the owner. The chicken coop placed closer to the house of the owner is the best. If the chicken coop is within the eye range, the owner or the attendant could reach the coop faster to chase away the predator. Portable chicken coops are very useful here as they can be moved inside the house at night there by preventing the predator attack to bare minimum.

Type of fence

The type of fence is vital in protecting the chicken from the predators. For this one should be aware of the predator living nearby. Depending on the type of predator the chicken coop fence needs to be planned. In case the predators are digging animals then, design the chicken coop at ground level so that the digging predator can not perform his act effectively to reach to the chickens. In case you are anticipating larger animals attack, the fence of the chicken coop should be sturdy enough to withstand the force of the predator.

That is why we are of the opinion that the person who is planning to have chicken coop should follow proper guide lines so that he or she can construct a chicken coop which attractive and at the same type good enough to protect the chickens from the predators.

So the best advise we want to give to those want to have chicken coop is that they should be always keep in mind the protection of the chickens. Building very attractive looking chicken coop will not suffice. If the predator damages the coop and take away the chicken the entire plan will go waste. The money spent on will be an absolute waste. Hence plan a chicken coop properly.

Monday, October 31, 2011

How to build a chicken coop that will last?



Now, you must have learned about different types of chicken coops and various types of materials that can be used for the chicken coop building. Now it is the time to learn about the things to do to maintain the structural integrity of the chicken coop of yours. Many are good at building a chicken coop that looks very attractive using good building material. But those are puzzled to find out the reason for the coop withering away very soon not lasting long. To solve this problems those human beings should understand the coop building process better. These people should understand the requirement of the chicken coop to weather the wear and tear. Let’s discuss about it here.

Proper landscaping


The landscape on which the chicken coop is being planned should be looked in to with care. The ground should be even and needs to be landscaped properly. There are two options here. One can think of landscaping the area which he has already selected for constructing proper chicken coop. one can also buy or select a land which is already having the requisites of proper landscaping that will suit best for the construction of chicken coop. The second option will be certainly cheaper than the first option; there is no doubt on this. But selection of the place is one’s personal preference. If one goes by the first option, the chicken coop built will last long as it will be landscaped by the person there by meeting the requirements of long lasting chicken coop.

Spend money on the base structure

The structural base of the chicken coop should be concentrated upon. Just work on the books that have details of materials to be used for constructing the base structure of the chicken coop. you can easily decide about the material suited for the chicken coop base structure. Never go in for cheaper material as far as base structure of the chicken coop is concerned. This will haunt you in the long run if you are looking for a chicken coop that lasts for long period of time. Your knowledge on the cost effective material that withstands the test of time will come handy at the times likes this.

Make good use of windows


The windows are very important element for the chicken coop as they are the portal for the light and ventilation which is very much required for the birds to lay egg. If the birds are not getting enough light you are going to get in to trouble. Hence plan the windows properly so that the chickens are getting sufficient light and ventilation. If the windows are properly positioned, the cost of the construction also will come down to a great extend. Proper usage of the material will also reduce the cost of the chicken coop without affecting the quality of the chicken coop. the window positioned at wrong place at the coop will not only affect the health of the bird but also result in higher cost of construction and the chicken coop may not be as sturdy as you have planned.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

How to Keep Chicken coop Building Cost Down?

In the last article on we discussed about the factors one should keep in mind while deciding about the type of chicken coop one want to build. One should concentrate on keeping the cost of the construction minimum. To do so there are certain key factors that are required to be kept in mind so that the bird’s comforts are not compromised.

In this article we are going to discuss more about the materials required for building the chicken coop. this way you will understand more about the materials that you are going to use for the construction of chicken coop which will reduce the cost of construction considerably. In general many are of the opinion that one need to use costly material to build the coop successfully. But in reality that is not true. For the building of chicken coop one can think of using so many materials like scrap lumber, 50 gallon barrels, recycled materials, old shed, PVC pipes etc.

Most of the people are going in for wood for constructing the chicken coop. there are no qualms in using the wood but the only disadvantage is that it is very costly. Hence one should weigh the pros and cons of using the wood before deciding on that. If you want the chicken coop for long years then you should go about using the wood without any hesitation. There are so many wood varieties available which can be used for building the chicken coop. some woods are very costly and some are not priced high. One can select the wood based on the budget allotted for building the chicken coop.

In case you are planning smaller chicken coop, just recycled timber is more than handy. One can think of using the scrap pieces of wood for building the chicken coop. there is no harm in doing that but one has to use nails to connect the scraps. At times you may not get the desired shape if you use more nails. If you are determined to go in for cost effective chicken coop, you should spend lot time in collecting the information about the materials that can be used to make coop, the type of the material and the cost of the same.

If considerable time is spent on the material selection, nearly half the cost of construction of the chicken coop can be reduced. Once the material is selected one should go ahead with it and should never change the material half way for some reason or the other. If such things are done, the cost of construction will shoot up. Hence one should have complete building plan and the material required before starting the construction.

Money is not easy to make now a days. I hope you agree with me. Hence there is no way one should fritter away the hard earned money. Next time, let us discuss more about the factors to be considered to build the chicken coop that will last long and remain firm with very less depreciation.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Choosing What type of Chicken Coop do You Require...

I hope you are struggling to figure out the right type of chicken coop at the moment. Not to ponder much. You can build many types of chicken coop, there is no issue on that but you should be very clear about the requirements of the birds for the best possible performance. It is you who is planning to spend money on the chicken and hence you have every right to build the one that suits you and matches with your interest without affecting the comfort of the chicken. There are certain facts one should take in to consideration before planning the type of the chicken coop. I hope the guide lines listed below will lead to the right path.

Size

The size of the chicken coop is the first and fore most factors one should consider. There are small coops, medium coops and also large chicken coops and each one of the will house fixed number of chicken according to the size. If you try to cramp too many chickens in a coop and that will be a Himalayan blunder and hence never think on those lines. This is very much required as each chicken will require sufficient space to feel them comfortable to lay eggs without any hindrance. The size of the chicken coop can be too big but should never be too small, please remember this. If the chicken coop is too big, you can easily correct this by adding few more chickens.

Portable versus fixed

The next question that will arise is whether to have the chicken coop fixed or to have one that is portable. The portable coops can be moved from one place to the other without much hassle and this type is best suited for the ones who like to have the chicken as pets. The chicken will get fresh floor with each and every movement of the chicken coop. The owner will find it easy for cleaning the chicken coop. In case you are planning chicken coop with structural integrity, then one has to opt for fixed chicken coop as fixed coops will withstand the wear and tear better than portable chicken coop.

Appearance

The appearance of the chicken coop is also very important factor. There is myriad number of designs available as far as the chicken coop design is concerned. The design should be selected to match within the budget you have in hand. As the design is very much related to the money, one should think aloud before selecting the chicken coop design. There are so many cheaper models available. One can select any one of them but care should be taken that such design should never be a discomfort to the birds. Please try to have all the information about the chicken coop well before starting the construction. This will prevent the money being wasted on unwanted delay, change of minor structures etc

Dear friend, I hope the guide lines discussed here, is useful to you for the construction cost effective, comfortable, performance boosting chicken coop.