You might wonder if you can build a chicken coop alone. Yes you can. It is actually very easy to build a chicken coop and you can probably complete one in a single afternoon with some good DIY building plans.
There are several reasons you should build a coop rather than purchasing one that is already made. Here are a few:
1. It is much cheaper. A ready to go coop costs around $ 500 – $ 1000. If you build your own, you will save about 50%.
2. Building a coop can be a fun family activity. You will also experience a sense of pride and accomplishment.
3. If you chickens feel safe and secure, you will get more eggs from them.
4. Changes in the weather and natural enemies (like foxes, coyote, cats and birds of prey) will be less likely to threaten your flock.
5. A healthy, safe place to live will result in your birds living longer.
If you are going to make your own chicken coop, you will need corrugated iron for the walls in the roosting area, a box of some sort for a nesting area and some other cheap, common items. You will also need the usual household tools such as a screwdriver, handsaw and hammer.
Before you build, consider these things:
1. Size: A flock of 2 or 3 chickens will only need a small coop that can easily be moved. A mid-size flock of 5-9 birds will need a mid-size coop. Subsequently, a larger flock will require a larger coop. Whatever the flock, you want to make sure the chickens can move freely.
2. Location: Your chickens will provide you with more eggs if you put the coop in direct sunlight. You also want it to be high and dry and to have good airflow. Oxygen is very important to you chickens.
You can do this in one day with time left over and have fun with your family at the same time.
At the end of the day you will have saved yourself a good bit of money as well!
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