Your Backyard Chicken Keeping Toolkit
If you’ve never had a flock of chickens and are considering it, then you might actually enjoy the process. It can be a lot of fun to raise chickens but good planning ahead of building your chicken coop will certainly help make the process that much more enjoyable. Whether you buy a blueprint to build a coop yourself or purchase a pre-built pen, once you get everything set up and become accustomed to having chickens running around in your back yard, you’ll see discover the joy of rearing chickens.
Building a DIY chicken coop doesn’t have to be complicated. As a matter of fact, if you are comfortable using basic tools and have access to lumber, then you shouldn’t have a problem building an entire coop within a day or two. However, before even considering a blueprint or building the coop itself, think about the ideal size of your flock so you can build the appropriate sized coop.
You’ll want to have a good idea how many chickens you plan to house in advance. You want the chickens to be able to roam around and not feel cramped as well as take into consideration feeders and the ability for the chickens to eat and drink without any issues.
You don’t need an overly large chicken coop but you want to keep it as large as possible. Also, cleaning up the chicken poop is particularly important if you decide on a small pen. Be sure the DIY chicken coop you build keeps your chickens safe from predators. Putting up chicken wire, fences, or even solid fences to help protect your flock.
Funnily enough, chickens like a lot of light so the angle in which you build your koop is also important. Light provides heat/warmth during the colder months and chickens like to roam around in the warmth.
Before building, have a well-thought out plan of all aspects chickens need to live a happy and productive life.