Four Common Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Chicken House

When I was younger my father decided that he was going to build a chicken house from scratch. He purchased some plans, gathered the appropriate materials and put my brother and I to work!

After a few weekends we had out very own chicken house that was looking amazing! I will never forget that time and it has instilled in me a real passion for raising chickens. I have included in this article 3 main areas that you need to consider before you build your very own chicken coop.

1. Size Matters

Contrary to what you may have heard, size does matter, especially when we are talking about building a chicken coop. As a matter of fact, size may be the single biggest determinant when it comes to whether or not you will be able to actually build the chicken house.

There are two main factors that you need to take into consideration about size in relation to building a chicken coop. The first is: How many chickens are you planning on raising? If you are only planning on raising 2 or 3 chickens then you don’t need a very large hen house at all.

As a matter of fact you could probably create a small chicken coop out of scrap material that you have in your garage or you could get some material from your junk shop. These smaller chicken coops are great for urban-ites who want a taste of the rural life. สร้างบ้าน

The second factor in determining the appropriate size is: what are your property constraints. If you are a rural dweller you may have less restriction on what you can put in your yard or on your property, but if you live close to town chances are that you will have to file a permit for a free standing building.

The only way around this would be to build a smaller chicken house.

2. Movable vs. Fixed

There are two school of thought when it comes to chicken house building and it is this: if you are EVER going to be moving from your current location, go ahead and build a movable chicken house. Otherwise, build that hen house as sturdy a base as you can afford and build it well.

Fixed chicken houses are able to stand up against the elements and against predators much better than movable poultry houses can. That being said, fixed chicken coops can never leave. If you move, the hen house stays.

3. Protection

Are you wanting to protect your chickens? I hope so! In order to protect your chickens you need to make conscious design decisions (or just get really nice plans) and take into consideration all of the predator possibilities.

If you live in a rural setting you may face larger predators. If you live in an urban setting you may face smarter and trickier predators. Either way you need to learn what predators exist in your area and how you can protect your chickens from them. Then you need to build a chicken coop that reflects that.