Opinions about chicken house plans abound all over the internet. The issue is that much of this information is either plain incorrect or very confusing. You do not want to take the energy to build something that is totally wrong for your situation. You also do not want to waste your hard earned money!
Mistake #1: Not building with safety in mind: You are going to be housing chickens, and they are very susceptible to harm by other animals. Their safety must be foremost in your mind.
In addition, you want to keep your chickens safe from the weather. For example, you want to have your coop facing the sun to keep it from being too damp after wet weather.
You also want your coop on higher ground to keep it safer from both predators as well as water after a heavy rain. Also, remember that your chickens are going to need a source of heat when the cold winter temperatures set in. Check your local hardware store for heat lamps.
Mistake #2: Not thinking about maintenance and cleaning: Why would you build something and then not take proper care of it? Chicken houses must be maintained and cleaned on a regular basis to avoid bacteria and other possible infectious diseases. This is yet another part of keeping your chickens safe.
One maintenance item is protecting the wood that you build your chicken house with. You do not want the wood rotting which would allow small animals to climb in and scare your chickens. You need to protect the wood with some kind of safe sealant to help ensure against rot and rodents.
Make sure when building your coop to slant the floor to keep water from puddling under the chickens’ feet.
Keep these mistakes and tips in mind when you are looking for chicken house plans and you will be well on your way to creating a safe, healthy environment for your feathered backyard friends.
2017 Manitoba School Library Association Annual General Meeting
Please join us for MSLA's AGM on May 8th for good conversation and a celebration of the school library community with the presentation of MSLA's awards. Menu: Buffet with: Tossed salad, Greek salad, Caesar salad, rosemary roasted potato, herb roasted chicken (gluten-friendly), roasted vegetable lasagna (for vegetarians), buns, assorted desserts, coffee and tea Drinks can be purchased separately. 6:00 Registration and drinks. Please register even if you are not attending the dinner so that we can plan accordingly. Looking forward to seeing you! Note: The MSLA has subsidized each ticket for this event by $8.03