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Chicken Coop Plans: Do's and Don'ts

Building a chicken coop is as easy as pie. Just about as easy it is to mess up when building one. But, with careful planning you can avoid the pitfalls of chicken coop construction. This article will serve as your guide in what to do and what not to do when drafting a chicken coop plan.


Extensive research. Although chicken coops are simple structures and are quite easy to build, it's still best to make your research before attempting to build one. This is especially true if you're still unsure as to what kind of coop you want to make or if it's your first time to build one. Research can help you gather necessary information, inspiration, and ideas for you to apply in your own design. You don't have to follow every plan you come across with down to the last roost rung placement, but researching different plans will give you more ideas on how to personalize your own.
Also, a well-researched plan will ultimately save you both time and money. Just think of it as a map - if you know where you're going, you'll know how to get there. In the case of building your own chicken housing, you'll know what to buy and how many, thus allowing you to stay in budget.

Re-use/upcycle old materials. There's a common saying that, what a small budget needs is a big imagination. Re-using or upcycling some of the things that you have lying around the house won't require you to shell out a lot of money, but you're sure to stretch your imagination for the project. For example, some people have turned old armoirs, dog houses, kids' playhouses, and even cars into unique chicken coops by thinking outside of the box.

Follow your local laws. Even if, more or less, the laws prohibiting keeping chickens in your backyard are lax in most areas, it's still best to check what they are and if you're within its bounds. Because there are still areas with zoning laws that allow you to keep chickens but not roosters. Or allow you to keep roosters, but your coop should be sound and light proof to keep them from crowing. In any case, you wouldn't want to be making chicken coop plans that won't see the light of day wouldn't you?


Overspend. First of all, there's no need to overspend. Structurally speaking, coops are simple and (for the most part) they should stay that way. All your chickens need are four walls, a roof, a roost, and a run and they'll be happy. Just focus on keeping the structure sound rather than made from the finest stuff. Besides, a chicken coop is never finished. Soon, you'll expand or make repairs and then you'll regret buying those expensive materials on the first try.

Overbuild. In line with overspending, overbuilding is another very common mistake that people make when building a coop. As mentioned earlier, it's better to have a simple coop. And it's not just for budget concerns, but also for your day-to-day operational activities such as cleaning, roosting, etc. For example, having too large a chicken coop would be very hard to clean. It would also cost you a lot of time and effort to prepare it for the winter. And if your coop have too many corners or rooms, there would also be too many places for vermin to hide. The best chicken coop plans would have simplicity in mind.

Build it for you. It's understandable that owners would want their pets, okay, everything about their pets as an extension of themselves. But want you want wouldn't exactly be what your chickens need. So just keep yourself in check when making your plan. If it was for you, then it would have been owner coop plans instead of chicken coop plans, right?

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