Building a chicken coop – buy, re-use or build?
by Frank Mull
Build Chicken Coops Reviews
Choosing the right chicken coop design is essential for your chicken's health,
well being and safety. First you need to decide on the size (in order to
accomodate the size of your flock). Then you need to determine the amount of
laying boxes (depending on the amount of laying hens you have).
And finally, you'll need to ensure that your coop is fully secure from predators
of the night, such as dogs, wolves and ferrets who can all dig, claw and chew
their way past more than most people think.
When getting a chicken coop, you basically have three different options. You
can either re-use, buy or build your own.
Re-using a chicken coop
There are many prebuilt structures you can consider instead of buying or
building your own. An old dog house is a great example. However, you will
still need to make adjustments, drill new holes, add more space and attach
laying boxes in most cases.
Buying a chicken coop
Buying a chicken coop is a great option for saving a bit of time, and perfect
for those who wouldn't know a hammer from a ham sandwich. There are
plenty of prebuilt chicken coops available in a variety of sizes and features to
meet your needs. The biggest drawback of buying a chicken coop is that
you'll often be paying a lot of money that you really don't need to be, where
the manufacturer puts their markup on the retail price, and uses materials that
are really unneccesary. Buying a coop is usually left for the urban farmer with
a small flock less rural areas.
Building a chicken coop
The majority of chicken farmers will tend to want more flexability for their
chickens. This means the ability to increase or decrease the coop size, add a run
or widen the indside coop floor space for the winter periods.
That's why building a chicken coop makes a lot more sense. Furthermore, it
can be very economical and pretty straight forward with the right plans. You
don't need fancy tools or a degree in carpentry in order to b