4 Tips For Picking The Best Materials For Your Chicken Coop Plans
By: Hank Dodson
When it comes to the average do-it-yourself project, many times you have to mix and match materials to get the outcome just right. So, when you have a set of good chicken coop plans in front of you and the materials list looks a little bit pricey, then the best tool you can use is knowledge. The more you know the more you can substitute materials at a lower cost but at the same quality. Now, I do not know what exactly will work best in your specific situation, but I can give you some tips on how to pick the best materials for your chicken coop plans.
Tip #1 - Match materials to their need
Look at your list and see when each piece on the materials plan will be used. Focus on how the materials will be exposed to the elements in your finished product. Invest in sturdier and longer-lasting materials where you coop with be exposed the most.
Tip #2 - The word "non-toxic" is your best friend
Since you are going to be keeping live chickens in you coop, avoid any and all products that contain toxic chemical. Make sure you choose sealers, wood, roofing materials, etc. with non-toxic on the label. This will save you the hassle of potentially having to rebuild your coop later.
Tip #3 - Make your coop "replaceable"
Having to replace a piece of your chicken coop is frustrating, but inevitable. But, what is worse is building your coop so that if one piece goes, it all has to go. Instead, choose materials that are easily replaceable without having to dismantle the whole coop. Think of it like this. If you use boards instead of solid sheets of wood, replacing a rotten board every now and then will be a breeze instead of having to replace and entire side of the coop.
Tip #4 - New is not always best
One thing that I like to do when I am starting a project is look for yard sales or "wood for free" signs. These places are great "secret" material source that you can buy lumber at for dirt cheap prices. Remember, the best wood for your coop may not be found in a store. Sometimes the best wood you can use is wood that you can reclaim from another project. But like the rest of your materials in your chicken coop plans, make sure it does not have any toxins in or on it. Once it is clean, seal it up, and you're good to go.