Your Backyard Chicken Keeping Toolkit
Fortunately for those of you looking to build a chicken coop and run, there are a number of different designs and plans to accomodate those looking to raise chickens. It’s a good idea to already know where you plan to house your fowl as well as the number of chickens you plan to rear. Once you’re certain of these two aspects, you’re ready to look for ideal coop designs.
The internet is a good place to either find inspiration, plans, or pre-built chicken coops. You might enjoy the building process or prefer to have one already put together if you’re not much of a handyman. Whichever route you take, the pre-build or hand-made route, you’ll want to make sure your coop is well-structured and can handle the seasonal weather. It’s important your chickens feel safe and comfortable as they will be more productive on a consistent basis.
You can often find kits online and in brick and mortar businesses that specialize in coop design. These kits come ready to assemble allowing you to get the housing up as quickly as possible. They often come with all the hardward so erecting the coop shouldn’t take too long. You want to make sure that if you do buy a kit, it’s not only sturdy but also provides ventilation and easy access to clean out the nest areas.
Prices of kits or designs, such as blueprints, will vary in price and it’s a good idea to have a budget in mind before purchasing the material needed to build your coop. If you’re willing to do most of the work yourself, you may only need a good chicken coop blueprint but if you go with something a bit more pre-made, then be sure you’ve done research and sought out reviews to make sure you don’t waste time and money building an ineffective, poorly design chicken coop.