A coop is a place where the chickens sleep, nest, and lay their eggs. Instead of buying and then a prefabricated hen-house transporter to your house, build one yourself and adapt it to the number of chickens you have and the amount of space you need. To build a high quality backyard chicken coops, you'll need a considerable amount of material and know how to build it. But it is a job that can make almost anyone with basic carpentry skills.
Planning Backyard Chicken Coops
- Clean the place where you will put the hen-house. Choose an area slightly elevated so that it does not puddle after heavy rains.
- Calculate the size of the chicken coop. On average, a hen will need at least 2 square feet (60 cm2).
- Design your own house or download a free up the Internet. The house should have a front door that makes it easy to collect eggs. Although there are houses with several levels, one single level is the best option.
- Purchase the materials you will need.
Building Backyard Chicken Coops
- Cut any appropriate sized timber. Place four pieces of wood on the floor in a rectangle. Screw them together to create the base of the coop. In each corner, leaning a pole in a 45 ° angle to create a framework shaped A. These should be about 6 feet (1.2 m) long.
- Connect the ends of the poles of the A-shaped frame using a piece of wood. This will give you a similar to a tent with a triangle at each end structure. Select one of the triangles as the end where the door will go. Build a square frame for the door using wood and nails, and secure it inside one of the triangles using nails or screws.
- Make wire. Cover the outside of the coop with the wire and secure with fencing staples.
- Make the door. Cut a piece of plywood so that it is 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) smaller than the space reserved for the door. Fixed the door using a hinge and put a lock on the other side.
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