How to Choose a Chicken Coop Plan..

If you perform a quick search online for “Chicken Coop Plans”, you will have thousands of available options. There are different sizes, shapes, materials, styles and junctions to meet every need. It is important to understand what you need before you start researching chicken coop plans. Here are some key items to consider.

Size

One of the first things you need to consider is space. Remember, free range chickens require less space per square foot than chickens contained in a run. (4 sq ft per chicken vs 10 Sq ft per chicken enclosed in a run) If you only plan to have a few chickens a portable or small coop may work. If you plant to house 6 to 10 chickens you’ll need to expand accordingly. Space is essential to ensure the health and comfort of your flock. Health and comfort are big contributors to prolific egg laying.

Ventilation

You need to ensure your chicken coop is properly ventilated and circulates fresh air. In a warm or hot climate, poor ventilation can lead to discomfort and health problems for your flock. Plus, an un-ventilated chicken coop smells awful, not to mention the health-diminishing bacteria that thrive in warm stuffy conditions! Even if you live in a cooler climate, ventilation is important. Chickens can produce a lot of heat, moisture, and ammonia so regardless of temperature, ventilation is extremely important.

Where to put the Feed and Water

the position of feeders and water devices can make a big difference in the time it takes to feed and water your flock. You will want to consider the number of chickens, quantity of feed, and your anticipated feeding schedule when deciding where to put your feeders. the water and feeders can be hung to disc0urage pest. The water and feeders need to be placed in an area where droppings are not a factor. If you have a tightly enclosed area this is a big consideration. Be sure to look for plans that will help you iron out the details.

Light Sources

A good lighting strategy is esential. Your coop should have a source of natural sunlight factored into the building plans. To ensure that you maximize the natural light, you will need to consider both position and angle toward the sun. If natural light is not an option, you will want to consider adding an artificial light source to supplement the daylight hours for your flock. there areĀ  pros, cons, to consider with artificial lighting. The lighting and ventilation can be a combination effort.

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