Your Backyard Chicken Keeping Toolkit
If you’ve decided to build your chicken coop based off of a set of plans or blueprints, the three essentials you can’t ignore prior to building are: creating an open and comfortable area for the chickens, providing a safe pen to house the chickens, and making sure there is plenty of light. The more comfortable your chickens, the happier, healthier, and more productive they’ll be.
You’ll want your chicken coop to also provide plenty of ventilation by allowing air to flow freely. Chicken poop and heat can make for an uncomfortable environment which may upset the flock. Hot days can also cause discomfort so you want to provide chickens with a means to cool down therefore shady areas are also essential. During the colder winter months, you also want the chickens to be able to warm up and remain comfortable.
Chickens, like most birds, love to perch. Look for plans that include some sort of perching areas. By providing designated perches, chickens will be less likely to perch in areas you want to keep them away from such as water and food locations. Chickens often poop wherever they’re perched so you don’t want perches anywhere near areas that should remain clean and disease free.
Nest boxes are also a must have. You want your chickens to be able to find their spot to lay eggs comfortably and nests are perfect for this. They don’t have to be fancy nests as you’ll need to keep them clean on a regular basis but a designated area or box is ideal.
So, by understanding the basic essentials of what makes for a good chicken coop, you’ll be in a better position to choose a well-designed blueprint. It doesn’t have to be fancy as your chickens won’t pass judgement on your tastes but your coop should provide all the comforts that make chickens relaxed, comfortable, safe, and secure.