Chicken Coops - Should You DIY? We Can Help!
A few summers ago, our family decided to buy some chicks. Knowing they'd eventually outgrow their cardboard box in the living room, we researched chicken coops online, and came to the conclusion that a DIY coop was the way to go.
This is the plan we used:
We knew that we wanted the best, sturdiest, and least toxic materials, so we opted for cedar and redwood. We also had read that chicken wire was NOT the safest wiring to use. Despite its name, chicken wire bends too easily and can break and pose a puncture hazard for your hens, plus, it has holes that are much too big, which allow for rats and mice to invade the coop, and even larger predators. Apparently a persistent raccoon can stick its paw through one of the holes and grab a chicken and just start eating it!
With that unpleasant image in mind, we chose 1/2 inch mesh hardware cloth to secure the coop. We also knew that we wanted a walk-in run. We lived next to a canyon, where coyotes, raccoons, and foxes were known to roam, not to mention red-tailed hawks, so we thought it best to keep our hens in an enclosed run for their safety. The footprint wound up being approximately 4'x10', which gave each hen approximately 10 square feet of space below. This seems to be the mainstream standard, and it worked out well.
As for the roost area (where the chickens sleep), it needed to be easily accessible for cleaning and we wanted an attached nesting box so that we could gather eggs without stepping into the coop. Done and done. If memory serves, we did make a few modifications, but for the most part, the Garden Coop plans were perfect for all our needs.
If you're thinking of getting chickens and need a coop built, we can do that for you. Just send us a message by clicking on Contact above and we'll be glad to help you out.