2 Crucial Tips When Choosing Your Chicken House Plans
By: Skylar Santos
You might find yourself looking at the different chicken house plans available, but before you make a decision there are a couple of things you should know. It's true that the quality of some designs out there leave a lot to be desired, I've seen some abysmal failures in my day. Here are 2 of the most important things you need to consider that will keep you from making the same mistakes.
1.Focus on building the safest chicken house possible
When designing a chicken coop the thing that needs to be foremost on our minds is keeping our chickens safe from outside dangers like natural predators and bad weather. Luckily for them there are a few different ways to make them safer.
Firstly you will want to make sure the location of the house has direct exposure to sunlight. This can be useful after it rains to dry the coop as quickly as possible, or during the winter to keep the chickens warm. Allowing the house to stay wet and cold is the quickest way to harm your chickens.
The second thing you can do when choosing a location is place the coop on the highest and most dry spot you can find. This prevents flooding during and after rain storms.
Third thing you can do is install an electric light source inside the house itself to help warm your chickens during the winter. This is a very cheap way to keep your chickens warm and happy on a cold evening.
And finally, make sure the mesh wire you choose is of a strong enough quality. You would be surprised at how easily even the smallest predator can chew through cheap wire.
2.Upkeep and cleaning of your coop is vital
When choosing your chicken house plans you can save yourself lots of trouble down the line by making it easily accessible to clean. The chicken coop can become dirty and bacteria ridden very quickly without regular cleaning, so it is very important you stay on top of it.
A big help is when the floor design is sloping downward to allow water to easily run off and not collect and stagnate. Designs should also include doors that open inward instead of swinging out.
A quality chicken coop should be made from wood that has been properly treated and protected against the elements. Without this important step you could soon find yourself with rotting wood and a damaged structure.