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.


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.


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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How to Keep your Chicken Safe?

Do you want to keep your chicken safe? If so, please go on reading this simple article on “how to keep your chicken safe?

Predators are predominant in both rural and urban. The simple theory to keep your chicken safe is to secure the pen or chicken coop as strong as possible.

  • Try to use as many security measures as possible your budget will allow.
  • You can make the foundation of the chicken coop up to 30 cm deep.
  • It is highly advisable to give lining to the floor of your coop with chicken wire or concrete.
  • Screens and wire of the chicken coop should be checked regularly for holes and tears
  • Try to close windows and doors tightly

The other simple way to protect your chicken against predator is to use watch dog to guard the flock from predators.

The common predators of chicken are Geese, donkeys, Ilamas and alpacas as they scare the chickens. Make sure that the dog you’re using to protect your chicken is placid type and won’t chase the chickens.