Learning how to make a chicken coop will help you improve your carpentry skills and understand the needs of your chickens. A chicken coop is straightforward to build, but allows for almost infinite customization. Your chicken coop can be a simple, functional structure or an elaborate work of art.
How To Make A Chicken Coop: The Basics
Chickens have needs. While that statement shouldn't surprise you, it should get you thinking. Although there are many ways to layout a chicken coop, every design should provide a few basic features, including:
Chicken Coop Materials
Like other backyard structures, chicken coops can be made from a wide range of materials, but wood is the most common. Chickens will peck at anything, so avoid painted wood on the interior and pressure treated wood on any surface your chickens might have access to.
Flooring can be of any material. A dirt floor can become muddy and wooden floors are subject to rot. A concrete floor is long lasting and easy to clean, but can be expensive.
Any ventilation openings should be covered with poultry wire to limit predator access.
Roofing should be sloped and water tight. Standard asphalt shingles are easy to install and an economical choice.
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