3 Things To Look For When Choosing Chicken House Plans
Article by Willis Spires
Let me guess, you have purchased or are thinking about purchasing chickens? Your chickens will need a place to live and building your own chicken house is easy and economical. Especially if you have a good set of plans. There are some considerations you should keep in mind when choosing a set of chicken house plans. While not the only things to think about, ventilation, light source, and yard space are three important aspects you should factor into your chicken house.
Make sure your chicken house plans have proper ventilation. This will help to keep your chickens cool in the summer but also allow fresh air in during the winter. Ventilation can come in many forms. You can use metal nail-in vents, windows, or wire mesh. It doesn't matter what kind you use, what matters is that you incorporate it into your chicken house. It is one of major ingredients to having happy chickens.
Make sure your chicken house plans incorporate good lighting. If you chicken house is large you might want to install electric lighting. This will help to keep your egg production up during the winter months. For smaller chicken houses this might not be feasible. In this case maximizing your daylight hours inside the coop is a major concern. Installing windows, roofing, or ventilation that will allow light into the coop, will also help keep your egg production up. It isn't a replacement for an electric light, in the winter, but it will still keep your chickens happy.
If you are building your chicken house in a back yard, don't go overboard. Too many chickens in a small area is never a good idea. Make sure you plan ahead. If you have a small backyard 2 to 4 chickens is plenty. You will get approximately 1 to 3 eggs a day and the amount of chickens won't be unmanageable. Plan your flock and coop size according to your yard space, so you and your chickens can live in harmony with your neighbors.
Choosing a set of chicken house plans is much easier when you know what to look for. Ventilation, light source, and yard space are important considerations for a chicken house. When choosing a set of plans make sure these considerations are incorporated.
About the Author
Willis Spires has been raising chickens since his wife first brought home a flock. He then promptly built a chicken house. If he had proper chicken house plans at the time, it would have been easier. Check out his website, the-chicken-coop-online.co.cc for more information on raising chickens, building chicken coops, and other helpful chicken resources.