Constructing a Hen House, eh? Don’t Make These 7 Serious Mistakes

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My wife and I have been keeping chickens since we built their coop last year. She and I had been morbidly obese, but we lost weight by paying closer attention to what we ate. Growing more of our food and switching to organic produce was an essential element of our plan to improve our health. We considered keeping chickens for their nutritious eggs as part of this plan. We were able to construct a chicken coop. However, it was not without more effort than we had anticipated. I wish someone had warned me about common pitfalls earlier on in life.

The first mistake is failing to plan ahead of time.

When you’re ready to construct a chicken coop, careful planning is required before you can begin construction.

You need a blueprint for a chicken coop. Get everything together that you need. Pick anything simple to get your hands on, simple to work with, and simple to put away when you’re done. Make sure your coop serves its intended purpose. Doors must swing inwards rather than outwards. If you construct it so the door faces outside, your chickens will use your windows as perches. Since your chickens will spend a lot of time in the coop, ventilation is essential; to keep them comfortable in both hot and cold weather, consider building a coop with sliding windows.

It’s important to consider how to keep the coop’s floors clean before you begin construction. The first step is to cover them with a suitable material that will allow the chickens to scratch and dig like they would in the wild. Unfortunately, hay is not a good choice for this purpose. Second, when constructing the coop, ensure the floors slope slightly toward the entrance. The dirt on the coop floor will roll out onto the ground when you spray the water inside. The coop shall be spotless, with no standing water.

Second MISTAKE: Not providing adequate ventilation for the chickens.

To keep your chickens safe, you should construct a coop. While keeping your chickens safe from the elements and predators, ensure their cell has adequate ventilation. The coop’s air should circulate freely, but a draft should be avoided to prevent chilling the hens. Like people, chickens can only function at their best when their most fundamental needs—in this case, safety and air—have been addressed. High levels of carbon monoxide and humidity can develop in a chicken coop if there isn’t enough fresh air. Unhappy chickens lay fewer eggs, thus this is a bad thing. It’s also dangerous since it encourages mold growth inside the walls.

Third MISTAKE: Skimping on Wall Insulation.

Insulating the walls of a chicken coop is crucial for keeping the chickens warm and comfortable. It’s essential to protect the chicken coop’s walls adequately. The hens will benefit from being held at a comfortable temperature year-round. The insulation will also maintain a comfortable level of humidity in the coop. Maintaining the chickens at the ideal humidity levels achieves a higher egg yield. The chickens will be more comfortable and dry if the walls are insulated. Chickens may survive in colder climates if you keep them dry. Your chickens will stay healthy and continue laying eggs if you protect the walls of their coop.

FOURTH MISTAKE: The Feeders and Water Aren’t in the Right Place.

Your chickens will appreciate it if you put their water and food sources within easy reach of the coop. Careful consideration should be given to the location of the water and feeders. Chickens tend to scratch and dig, which can cause significant damage. It may be frustrating when you set out water and chicken feed and then look down and see it all over the floor. Ensure the feeder and water are at a chicken’s shoulder level to avoid this. In a perfect world, the chickens wouldn’t be able to put their feet in their food or water, but they could still reach it with their necks. Every day, you must refresh the chickens’ water and feed.

FAILURE NO. 5: Inadequate illumination.

Make sure your chicken coop faces south so it can soak in the sun all day. The days are shorter, and there is less sunshine in the cell during the winter, so installing a light is vital. This is a straightforward task. You don’t need to be an electrician to install these lights; you can do it as easy as sticking a sticker to a piece of paper. Putting up this light will be well worth the small investment. You won’t have to worry about your hens being cold and unhappy in the winter when egg production typically drops due to reduced light and warmth.

Mistake No. 6: Not Keeping Your Chickens Warm.

Like your home is a haven for you, your coop is the same for your hens. A chicken coop that has been built properly can keep your birds safe from predators and severe weather.

These are the fundamentals of protecting your coop from the elements:
Ensure the doors and windows are securely sealed to prevent drafts from entering your home.
The chicken coop should be built on a raised platform to minimize the risk of flooding and drainage issues.
Third, position the coop to receive the most sunlight during the day. This will ensure the cell remains dry after a rainstorm and toasty warm during the winter.

Seventh Biggest Mistake: Allowing Your Chickens to Be Vulnerable to Danger.

Construct a chicken coop to keep your chickens safe from the outdoors and any potential predators.

The fundamentals of defending your chickens from potential dangers are as follows:

Do not place the coop near dense vegetation or areas where other animals may be found.
Chicken wire coops and runs should be buried outdoors. The wire can be laid out flat and then buried. Because of this, predators like raccoons, cats, and even dogs won’t be able to crawl under the run.

It’s a lot of fun and not too challenging to construct a chicken coop, but you need to pay attention to these details to avoid major headaches down the road. It’s a lot of fun to raise chickens, whether in the country, in the suburbs, or in the city. Simply put, stay away from these blunders.

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