As with most things in life, there is a right way and a wrong way.
Designing a chicken coop is no different!
Urban chicken farmers are becoming commonplace. Understanding what the coop does and how it should function, will go a long way in knowing how to build yours. ‘Getting it right’ does not necessarily mean a higher cost, but it ensures you ease of care and years of enjoyment.
Without fail, a chicken coop must:
- Provide shelter for the flock from the elements
- Protect the chickens from predators
- Provide sufficient space for the flock
- Provide adequate lighting to encourage hens to lay eggs
- Provide adequate ventilation
- Provide a healthy environment
- and must be made of materials that are easily maintained
Whether you are buying a prefab-coop, planning to build a new one yourself, or are looking to hire a local hen-house contractor, there is a lot to consider. Where to locate the coop on your property? How will it fit into the surrounding architecture and how will it impact the flow of the site. Sometimes, a coop on a residential parcel is designed to match the home using similar materials, matching roof lines, and architectural elements. Doing so, creates an interesting feature of the property and gives the feel as though, it has always been.
Some smaller coops are constructed on skids, allowing them to be moved about. This helps to protect the surrounding landscape. Most however, are permanent structures, constructed and remain in one location. So considerable thought should be taken before ordering your flock. There are a lot of things to consider. What materials are available that are easy to clean and will hold up over time? How large of a flock do you plan to have? Do you plan to grow the flock, or have only enough birds to provide you with fresh eggs for breakfast? Are electricity and water available? If not, what are the options? What heat source should you consider? What about noise and odor?
If you have questions, we have answers. Consider us as your ‘Coop Connection’!
“Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.”
Frank Lloyd Wright