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Chicken Coops – Quality Pays

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by Texas State Archives

Article by Nancy W. Burke

If you’re about to begin raising chickens then you know that it can be a pretty expensive proposition. In addition to getting the birds you will need to have a chicken coop to house them in and fenced in area in which they can run around and exercise.

But even before you decide on what kind of a coop you want you will need to check with your town hall or municipality to make sure that it’s legal for you to have chickens and a chicken coop. And it would be a very good idea to let your neighbors know what you are planning before the fact. This way you will be able to discuss any concerns that they may have before you invest your time and energy.

Once that’s out of the way you can get started.

Your chickens will need a coop to call home. Not only will it provide them shelter from the storm, it will protect them from predators and give them a place to sleep and to nest.

One of the most pleasurable aspects of keeping chickens is seeing them contented and happy. So when you are planning to buy or build a chicken coop for your birds you’ll want to make sure that it’s spacious enough for them to feel comfortable.

The general rule of thumb is that each of your chickens should have at least four square feet of space in the coop. And, because chicken families seem to grow, you should plan to have room for more chickens than you initially plan to raise.

Unless you have a lot of area you are planning to raise a modest amount of chickens. Many people keep between two and four chickens. Remember that chickens thrive on having company, so you’ll want to keep a minimum of two chickens in your coop.

Of course it’s a lot easier to find some great chicken coops on the Internet and have one of them delivered to your doorstep. But, if you need to save some money and are handy with a hammer, a saw, and a screwdriver, then constructing one of these simple structures is probably within your ability.

One of the benefits of building your own chicken coop also means that you can construct exactly the type that you have in mind.

Although building these coops isn’t always a quick and carefree process, you may feel that the benefits of doing it yourself outweigh the ease of purchasing one that has already been pre-built. And, if you’re a control freak, then you can have the control that you crave by crafting your own coop.

Getting down to brass tacks, when you build your own coop you will have to make sure that it is weather tight. Otherwise your birds can get sick and it will all be for naught.

Do not scrimp on the quality of the wood that you use. If you use the best material that is within your budget you will find that you will save money in the long run.

If you choose high quality wood you will actually be able to complete the project more quickly. And, over the course of time, you will save money on repairs.

Some people think that they can save a lot of money by using old, scrap wood. However, they are wrong. If you use old wood you and your birds will quickly find out that you’re letting drafts into the building.

Chickens can get dangerously ill very quickly. Any money you “save” by using scraps will go to medication at best. And, at worst, it will go to replace the birds that have died. And then, unless you replace the coop, the whole cycle will start again.

In addition to spending money on medication and replacement birds, you will have to spend more money and more of your time on repairs when you use inferior material.

So, if you don’t want to repair your hutch every year, start with quality materials. Cutting corners just will not work.

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