Building A Poultry CoopMany people raise chickens for their nutritious eggs. With the numerous poultry coop designs available online, you should have no problem building one that suits your needs. Things to consider when building your own poultry coop include the type of flooring, windows and doors you'll want, plus outside fencing, roosts, feeders, nesting boxes and lighting. Here are some ideas to help you build your own poultry coop:
The floor should be built slightly off of the ground to keep the poultry coop free from moisture. A poultry coop measuring approximately 6' x 8' should be enough space to raise 4 to 6 chickens. Use plywood and runners for flooring and cover with wood shavings or hay for bedding.
Walls, Roof and Roosts
Outside walls of the poultry coop can be built from 2" x 4"s and sheets of siding or plywood. Build roosts from scrap lumber. You will need rolled roofing or some other type of roofing material for the roof which should be sloped to allow rain to run off. Cut out spaces for the poultry coop to have a door and windows.
Windows and Doors
Chickens need plenty of light to stay healthy and to keep the poultry coop free from mold and mildew. Cover the windows with chicken wire or Plexiglas. Hinged windows can swing open from the bottom. Doors of the poultry coop can be built from plywood or from framing and chicken wire.
If you want eggs, then you'll need to build one nesting box for each chicken. Scrap lumber is the most affordable way to go. Allow enough room for a hen to comfortably lay her eggs and line with hay. A nesting box measuring 14" x 14" x 10" should be fine. Attach nesting boxes to walls of the poultry coop.
Your chickens will be happier if they can spend some time outside of the poultry coop each day. Place 4 corner posts in the ground and fence in with chicken wire. A door can be built using framing, chicken wire and hinges. For an elevated poultry coop, build a ramp leading to the outside and bank up the ground around the exterior of the run to keep your chickens in and raccoon and other predators out.
If you live in the city, you will want to check with the permit office to see if you can build a poultry coop in your back yard. There are restrictions that may apply.