How to Properly Build a Chicken House.

 

If you are planning on raising chickens it is a good idea to learn how to build a chicken house. If your chickens run free they will lay eggs all over the place and it will take you forever to find where they are laying the eggs. By learning how to build a chicken house your chickens can lay their eggs in one place. It will also be safer for the chickens and much easier for you to collect the eggs.

Chicken houses also protect chickens from predators and the weather. You should have chicken wire underneath the house to prevent predators from digging under the house and attacking your chickens.

If you have basic carpentry skills anyone can learn how to build a chicken house in a few days. Most chicken houses have an enclosed space (the house) and area called the “run” where the chickens can be outside. You must have a direct path from the run to the house and the house should be elevated by about 2 feet. The board or path to the house should be at least 8 inches wide.

By building your own chicken house/chicken coop you can cater it to meet your needs. Make sure you build it on the higher ground if your yard slopes. You do not want water standing in the chicken run and under the house. By using the formula of 3 to 4 square feet per chicken in the house and 10 square feet per chicken in the run you can determine how much space you need. Some people go by as little as 4 square feet in the run but you will find that is not the ideal situation. The more space you have is better for the chickens.

The type wood you use to build your chicken house is important. Treated lumber can pose a high risk for chickens because they have a tendency to peck the wood. It is best to use rot-resistant natural lumber if possible. A thick layer of straw is fine to lay across the bottom of the run. This will help break down the droppings and absorb moisture when it rains.

It is best to have a watering device that can hang down from the rafters. You might want to consider a watering device inside the house and outside in the run. You can find feeding devices that hang or sit on the ground. The hanging method keeps pest from having access to your devices.

You will need to build nesting boxes for your chickens to lay their eggs. The nesting boxes should be at least 12 X12 inches. You can fill the boxes with straw, hay or even shred you daily newspaper. There are many opinions on what type product you should use for the nest.

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