If you are the proud owner of some chickens, it is very important that you have a space to keep them. Many people hire others to build a place, but it is actually not very difficult to do it on your own. Here are some tips for building a DIY chicken coop.
No Pressure Treated Wood
There are many people that opt to use this type of wood for a chicken coop construction, but it is not a very good idea. This type of wood has been treated with all types of chemicals and this may be harmful to your chickens. There is no solid evidence out there to support this theory, but it is much better to be safe than to be sorry.
Take Your Time
This is one tip that cannot be stressed enough. Since a chicken coop is not a very large structure, you may feel like it is as simple as nailing a few pieces of wood together, but there is a lot more to it than that. You will have to measure wood, cut it and take the time to build a structure that is solid. You will save money doing it on your own, but keep in mind that you will need to invest a good amount of time.
Give Them Enough Room
One of the largest problems involved when doing it yourself is that many people fail to provide a decent amount of space for all of the chickens. Ideally, the coop you build should have at least four to five square feet for each chicken you plan to place there. If you are building a run outside the coop, you can make the inside a bit smaller but it is always nice to give them enough room to be comfortable.
There is nothing wrong with using recycled materials to build your chicken coop, but you should be very careful. When wood is old, this increases the chance that it will rot rather quickly. Do you really want to spend time building a coop that will only last temporarily? Saving money is usually one of the reasons people choose to build coops on their own, but using bad materials may make it more costly in the end, particularly if you end up having to rebuild a terribly made coop.
Write Down Your Plans
If you are a master woodworker, this tip may be of no use to you, but all others should pay close attention. Do yourself a favor and write down all of your plans. It would also be a great idea to draw a sketch of what the coop should look like once it is complete. This will help you keep the project on track. It will also give you something to refer back to in the event that you are interrupted during construction and you cannot remember all of the original plans.
As was mentioned earlier, a DIY chicken coop is not as hard as it may seem and using the tips above should lead to a well-constructed coop that will last a while.