Chicken House Plans – What Do Do With Those Easter Chicks
There’s an old saying that goes about people . . . “don’t plan to fail; they fail to plan.” (I believe that was Harvey MacKay).
Same holds true for your Chicken House Plans. You want to make sure you have a plan so that your chickens will be safe, healthy and prosperous.
There are as many reasons families want to raise chickens as there are people. In our particular family, we were given a “gift” of about a dozen baby chicks one fine Easter morning. At first I thought “what the heck am I going to do with chickens???” However, I remembered another great saying “if life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” (I promise, no more quotes). Now I wasn’t thinking of eating the chickens, but with the cost of fresh eggs going up, then the most reasonable thing to do was at least build a chicken house for the little chickadees.
I was reveling in the thought about how fun it would be — a family project to build a chicken house, and soon we would be enjoying our own organically fresh eggs. It was a one-time investment that if done correctly, it could pay off for years just in fresh eggs alone. So when you are looking for the best Chicken House Plans, consider these following steps in your plan.
The first step is to consider the location or placement of your chicken house. From there you can determine exactly what your size limitations are. On e thing to keep in mind is a simple 4 foot by 8 foot box-type structure. This makes it easy on the materials sides because most plywood and other materials come in 4 x 8 foot sheets.
Second, you want to frame out a play area for the chicken house. This can be done by attaching by nails or screws the bottom of four pieces together. (I suggest using screws that are easy to drive with an electric screwdriver. This makes it easy to disassemble in case you ever need to move your chicken house; you can simply unscrew the wood and away you go!)
With this done, then you can attach two corner sections, each consisting of two pieces to make the respective corner. After this framework is completed, you can attach your basic chicken wire to enclose the play area.
Once the basic chicken house frame is complete, you can begin with the actual house. You would probably want to consider if you are installing some sort of chicken house door, and if so, where the location would be. It’s been our experience that if you put the door closer to the nesting area rather than in the front, it works a little bit better for your other tasks down the road.
How you attach the door is going to be determined by what kind of door you would like. We had a door that opened toward the back of the nesting area that had a long piano hinge across the top, and the door opened by pulling the door up (toward the sky). Our door had a long wooden dowel added to prop in the “up” position so we could easily access inside the chicken house.
Installing the roof is probably the next best step at this point. Plywood (which comes in 4 x 8 foot sheets) is perfect for this, but you can check with your local lumbar supplier to see if your location requires a different type of building material.
Once the roof is up you can move forward with the nesting area of your chicken house. Here, the size is going to depend on the number of chickens you want to raise. A basic 4 foot by 8 foot chicken house is probably enough room to raise 10 chickens.
We built our nesting area by making two 4 foot sections attached to the bottom of the frame as support for our nesting box. With the support in place, you can build a basic nesting box out of plywood to place on this support system. The location of this nesting area is in the back wall (away from the small chicken entrance) where our upward opening door is location for easy access to the fresh eggs.
In the front of your chicken house you want to cut an opening, much like the size of a small pet door, so that the chickens can access the chicken house play area.
When completed, you want to make sure you sand smooth all the edges and corners for the safety of your chickens. You also want to double check that no sharp edges of the chicken wire protrude and are either removed or bent in such a way that they will not harm the chickens.
Lighting and ventilation are important to the health and welfare of your chickens. You may want to have open sides that can be closed with hinged doors made of plywood. That way you can open the doors in the daytime hours for light and ventilation, and they can be closed in the evening or when you need to protect the chickens from bad weather.
On the floor of your coop you have several options. Many use sawdust, but others who have access to hay use straw. Some people even used sand as a bottom for their chicken coop. Check with your local feed store or veterinarian to see what is the best material for the weather conditions in your area.
Having a solid chicken house will provide your chickens with a safe, healthy environment where they can grow and prosper. Our family enjoyed watching the chickens grow, and they took pride in the eggs that were collected for our breakfast table. Enjoy your flock of chickens, and make sure you consider these steps in your plans, and to get a copy of the chicken house plans that we used, check out what we think is the best Chicken House Plans. Download today, and start building tomorrow.