Sunday, July 12, 2009

Building a Chicken Coop For the First Time? - Easy Steps to Follow

The following technique will help you to get vigorous chickens because as long as they can get their basic needs satisfied they will be cheerful and consequently full of life

1. Before building a chicken coop, sketch the idea on paper because planning in advance can save you time and money in the long run. The materials that you may need are: wood, windows, construction tools and heavy mesh wire.

2. The chicken coop should be constructed in an elevate spot and should have good drainage so that it can be safe from inclement weather. You should install a wooden floor to prevent rats, snakes and rodents from entering in. The doors should be large enough and the windows should be facing south.

3. You should allow a minimum 8 to 10 square feet of area for every chicken, a perch space of at least 6 to 10 inches and one nest box for each four to five chickens.

4. The coop must be properly ventilated so fresh air can circulate thoroughly. It should also be adequately lighted and heated to encourage healthy eggs all year long. The roofs should slant so that there is no accumulation of water on it.

5. The feeders should be at the right height so that the chickens are can not make a big mess. If appropriate electric food and water dispensers should be installed so that the chickens are always fed and properly hydrated.

6. The windows must be enclosed with mesh wire or sliding windows. You should install fencing that is buried at least a foot underground in case some predators attempt to dig beneath the fence and enter the coop.

7. It is very important to make sure that appropriate sanitation is to be maintained in and around the coop and the hay must be changed daily.

Here is more information on how to build a chicken coop.

Autor: Virgil T Forbes

Avid homesteader. I enjoy raising chickens and teaching people how to build a chicken coop

Added: July 12, 2009