How To Build A Chicken Coop That Wastes Time, Money, and Energy

When the average person sets out to build a chicken house, they try to do it the smart way – researching plans, buying materials, and putting everything together to make a great chicken house that lasts for a long time.

But there are some people who just can’t make smart choices… step by step, amateur house makers turn a (relatively) simple gig into a painful, frustrating experience that flushes time and cash down the drain.

How do they do it? Read on and avoid these simple but far too common mistakes.

Difficult To Clean And Poorly Ventilated

If you live in the city and you’re looking to add a couple of chickens to make your house more sustainable – congratulations! But be sure to think of some of the practical elements of owning chickens before you start building a house. Here are a couple of simple ones : chickens sweat and… well… poop.

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And they do it a LOT. In fact, dealing with those bodily functions is going to take up a healthy portion of your maintenance time. That means you’ll need vents and windows in your walls on the side that doesn’t face the wind so that chicken stale air can get out and fresh air to get in.

You also need to think about the place you live. If you live somewhere moist, you want roofs that are sloped so that you can moisture doesn’t collect and seep though. Chickens are very resilient to the cold (if it’s above freezing), but they pretty easily get sick in the moisture. You can also reduce moisture by putting your coop on a slight incline to avoid water pooling in the floor.

Too Many Plants

Chickens will tend to tear up foliage and rip up plants. You need to make special methods to protect your plants, and you ignore them at your own peril. The poor chicken house builder gives up on their plants right off the bat, or doesn’t spend the few dollars they’d need to put a little fencing around their shrubbery.

You need to take a little look at your plants, especially if you’re building your place on an incline, because the chickens might stir up a little extra dirt and harm them.

Hot And Cold

A chicken coop is totally useless if it doesn’t keep a steady, consistent temperature. That doesn’t mean that you need to use an air conditioner for your livestock – that would waste electricity and be a pretty obvious fire hazard. Just don’t use any wacky, irregular materials.

Everything’s Safe

If you’re worried more about keeping your chickens looking nice than keeping them safe, you’re making a serious mistake. You need to have protection that’s difficult to penetrate – regardless of whether you’ve seen dogs or wolves or anything else in the area.

Try burying the fence a foot or so, making it harder for dogs or even raccoons to get under it.

You also need to make it high enough to prevent your chickens from flying over – and believe it or not, the smaller your bird is, the higher up they can fly.

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