So, you’re looking for the right chicken coop, but where do you start? There are so many options for chicken coops out there that it can be a little overwhelming. Fortunately, this list is here to do some of the work for you, getting you up and building your coop that much faster. Read More
This list is great for anyone who is looking to add a chicken coop to their property and doesn’t want to pay for one that’s been pre-built. It’s an extensive list that compiles sources from all over the web, from detailed blueprints to step-by-step YouTube guides. This list will help you get a rough idea of how big your chicken coop will be, how many chickens you can keep without crowding and how much it will cost to build. Whether you’re a seasoned coop builder or have never picked up a power tool in your life, there’s a coop on this list for everyone, of any skill level and in most price ranges.
How to choose a location to build a chicken coop
The best location for a chicken coop is flat land with plenty of room for both the coop and a spacious run. The coop should be in an area that’s easy to access since you’ll need to make trips to your coop every day to collect eggs and refill the food and water dispensers. It’s best to keep the coop as close as your house as possible, which is especially important for keeping an eye out for predators if your area has them, but not so close that your house becomes infested with flies. It’s a good idea to keep your coop near wherever you store fresh bedding, feed and tools, whether that’s a shed or another storage area.
What chicken coop size do you need?
The size of the chicken coop you’ll need depends on how many chickens you want to keep, and whether those chickens are heavier breeds, average-sized or bantams. The rule is that you need at least three square feet of space per average-sized chicken, plus more space for them to roam freely. If the coop is too small, and you have too many chickens, they may feel cramped and stressed and they won’t lay properly. If you don’t plan to sell eggs or raise chickens for meat, three or four chickens will produce more than enough eggs for your daily household needs.
You’ll also need to consider how much room you have for your coop. Keep in mind that larger coops are more difficult to move around unless they have attached wheels. Make sure you start building the coop where you plan to put it if possible so you don’t end up having to move it!
Chicken coop design
In choosing a chicken coop design, there are a few things to consider. Will the coop fit where you intend to put it? How easy will it be to clean? Do you want a large or a small run, do you want it to be attached to the coop and does it need to be enclosed to keep your chickens safe from daytime predators? If your area has digging predators, you’ll need a coop with a solid floor.
You should keep your area’s climate in mind: do you need insulation to keep your chickens warm during the long winter nights, or do you need to keep your coop ventilated in order to protect your chickens from heatstroke? If your area experiences heavy rain, you may want to choose a lifted coop with a sloped roof.
The last variable to consider is the appearance of the coop. If you plan to put the coop where it’ll be visible to others, you may want to go with a pleasant design to keep your property value up and your neighbours from filing complaints.
How much will it cost to build?
The cost of building a coop depends on the material you use and the size of the coop. Larger coops need more materials, which means they’ll cost more to build. It’s a good idea to try to seek out used and recycled materials to save money. Hardware stores often have cull bins for imperfect wood which you can get at discounted prices or for free. It may be cheaper to buy lumber directly from the sawmill rather than through hardware stores. You can also check your local Craigslist page for free or cheap, unwanted materials that you can incorporate into the coop.
How much time will it take to build a chicken coop?
The time it will take for you to construct a coop depends on the size, the complexity of the design and your own carpentry experience. A larger coop will take longer to build, as will a complex design, and if you’re a beginner at carpentry, it will take you longer to construct the coop than if you’re a seasoned expert.