Before Building Your Chicken Coop - Points to Consider
Before beginning your project, make sure that you write a detailed plan, gather the right materials, chose the proper location, and plan the coops operation and functionalities.
The main objective of a chicken house is to protect your flock from predators, inclemente weather, and provide a safe haven to rest and lay eggs.
One factor to consider is proper ventilation to allow a comfortable temperature, adequate moisture and proper air circulation. Tak into account the impact of sun, shade available and the walls proximity and trees. Strong winds without the necessary repairs can cause serious damage to the hens and her chicks. Moreover a poor air circulation facilitates the creation of mold on the walls.
Make sure that you insulate the walls. To keep the chickens comfortable in winter and cool in summer, it is necessary to build the gallery with adequate insulation of the walls. The insulation will also help to keep the coop at optimum humidity levels. When the chickens are kept at the optimum humidity levels they produce more eggs and it will prevent your chickens from getting sick. Insulating the walls will also help to keep the chickens dry. In colder climates when your chickens are dry they can withstand the cold well.
Make sure that you put the water and feeders in the proper place.These items need to be placed where your chickens can easily access them. It is important to be very careful in selecting a place to put the water and the feeders. Chickens can make a big mess of things because of their natural instinct to scratch and dig. It is very frustrating to see water and the chicken feed you just put out all over the floor.
To prevent this place the feeder and the water at the height of a chicken back. Ideally the chickens will have to stretch their necks up to the food a little bit to eat and drink but they will not be able to place their feet in their food or water. Be sure to replace the water and the chicken feed daily.Continued on the next page