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Chicken Shed - Chicken Coop
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There are many different aspects to consider when it comes to setting up a chicken shed or chicken coop in your backyard. If you decide to scout around your local area and purchase a ready made chicken coop you are taking the more expensive option. Sure, the ready built coop may look really nice but are you prepared to shell out over three hundred dollars for one? Building your own chicken shed will cost you about half the price of buying one. The materials you will need to build the coop are very inexpensive and cheap and you can get by using just a few basic tools.

The first point you should consider is exactly how many chickens you plan to raise. The chicken coop design that you choose will be based on how many chickens you plan to keep. Having chickens cramped into a small chicken shed is very bad for their health and can promote cannibalism. As a rule of thumb you should consider having approximately 4 square feet per chicken.

The subject of light will also play a large part of your chicken coop design and placement. Chickens, like humans, sleep at night and awake for daybreak. If this cycle is messed up this will also effect their health. Some sort of window system should always be applied to a chicken coop. If you cannot draw enough natural daylight to the coop then a couple of lights can be added. These lights will also provide some much needed heat to the chickens in the winter months.

The window system can also aid the coops basic ventilation. Chickens are farmyard animals so they will create quite a lot of waste and mess. Without proper ventilation moisture will develop through the coop and start to cause poor health in the birds. To aid the ventilation always make sure you use a material on the floor of the chicken coop like wood chip or straw. This material will make the frequent cleaning out process of the coop much easier.

Predators will always be a problem when it comes to keeping a chicken shed in your yard. Never position the coop anywhere near the bushes in your garden because this is where predators like to hide out. It may also be an idea to wrap chicken wire underneath the chicken run to stop predators from digging into the coop.

Make sure you keep these points in mind when constructing your chicken shed. Choose the plans that best suit your needs and make sure you have adequate space. Good luck in building your chicken coop.


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