Don’t Make This Crucial Chicken Coop Mistake!

No matter how many experts speak out on this problem… it’s still the number one mistake when people get to work building a house for their chickens. They simply can’t get their minds off of how the chicken coop is going to look, and they don’t plan for functionality.

Believe it or not, the vast majority of chicken owners are regular people with small farms and just one coop. That means the job needs to be done right the first time, or risk major hassles and problems. But there’s a way out: instead of “being chicken” and going skin deep with your design, incorporate these basic elements into any coop that you build.

Your Budget

Chickens are a pretty good long term investment, but chickens are very sensitive animals that can have a lot go wrong with them, so if you try to build the coop on a shoestring budget, you risk giving yourself a big list of headaches.
You’re going to spend between $2000-$3000 on a good coop that lasts.

Remember that you’ll also need to pay for utilities, permits, and veterinary care. Think about how much money you plan to spend, and map out your materials before you get rolling.

You’ll also need to budget your time – expect to spend 45 minutes to an hour tending to your chickens every day, maybe a bit longer if you’re totally new to chicken rearing or farm work. You need to clean them, groom them, physically examine them (chickens that are sick tend to produce bad eggs and worse meat) … and you’re going to need to do it consistently, so if you take a lot of vacations, you might need to make some arrangements.

Keeping It Light

Chickens love natural light, so put in a square foot of window for every ten square feet of space on the floor. You can also put a little bit of fencing over the windows so that you can have good circulation regardless of the weather. You want to have enough light at all times to be able to see the feed when you’re refilling the feeder.

Get skylights and something transparent on the roof area. Remember that if you’ve got a good light source, it’ll keep the chickens warm. One electric light every 40 feet and one over the feeding area is a good choice. Just hide the installation in the wall so that the chickens don’t rip it out.

Chickens Are Delicious

As I’ve said elsewhere on the site, everyone love chickens – up to and including your fellow humans. If you live in a crowded area, it’s a good idea to make protective structures strong enough that a person can’t push it over once it’s built. Don’t fall into the trap of only preparing for varmints – if a human can get in or even budge it with their bare hands, your fence isn’t strong enough.

Don’t worry about tools – if it comes to that you’ll be able to track them down. Don’t forget the doors – they’re the weakest part of your defense and can always be reinforced.

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