Tips for Chicken Coop
Raising chickens is a fun hobby and can produce an additional income if you are willing to put the necessary
effort into it.
Like people, chickens need to have lodging and that lodging can come in several different forms. You can
purchase chicken coop designs for as few or as many chickens as you would like to keep.
Before you select one design over another there a few points to consider that will impact on your decision. As
chicken coop designs are available in a range of sizes and weights, you need to figure out if there’s sufficient
space to support the coop. If you rent a home or apartment, you’ll have to buy or make a coop that can easily be
moved from one location to the next.
Secondly, the layout of the design and how much room it will offer each chicken is very important. You cannot
crowd several chickens into a coop designed to house two to four chickens. The design must provide enough room for
the nesting area.
Although several chickens will often only use the two or three nesting boxes, that’s not always the case so
you’ll want to make sure the chickens have plenty of nests. Several nests can be placed either side by side or
stacked on top of eachother to save space.
No matter what type of design you choose for your chicken coop, you should always use quality material to build
it. It’s fine to use salvaged or recycled items as long as they are in good condition and can provide the chickens
with adequate warmth and shelter from the elements.
Choose chicken coop designs that can withstand variations in weather conditions. Some designs are very
attractive and created to have that wow factor but they’re not sturdy enough to last. You don’t want to buy or
create a design that will only be around temporarily.
There are some designs that you can buy that will teach you how to build a chicken coop for well under a hundred
dollars. There are also some designs for coops that can cost close to a thousand dollars. The amount of money you
spend on the design should be determined by the purpose of the hens - whether they’re for pleasure or business.
Chicken coop designs can make the job of building a coop a much simpler project (rather than guessing which
piece of wood goes where). With all of the choices available, you should be able to find one that you like that
suits your needs.
If you’re not experienced in building and drawing up a detailed set of plans is difficult for you, then you
should look for a pre-made set of designs and pick one that you like. Designs are available in hardback books,
eBooks, and you can check out seed or hardware stores for designs for sale. Ebooks are probably your best option as
they tend to be less expensive and can be downloaded immediately.
Here are two great eBooks if you're looking for detailed yet easy to follow instructions: Building a Chicken Coop, and Easy
DIY Chicken Coop Plans.
For video instructions, an excellent choice is Chicken Coop