Children love animals around the backyard. It helps them care for the animals and it helps them develop skills for handling animals. Having chickens is one way to introduce your family to the animal kingdom. Chickens have made their way from the farmyard to the backyard.
It doesn’t matter if you have a small backyard or a large backyard. Regardless of the size of your backyard, it is possible for you to have some chickens to provide a steady supply of eggs for your kitchen. The size of your backyard only determines how many chicken you can have. Furthermore, if you have a vegetable garden, then you will have a steady supply of natural fertilizer to help your vegies grow.
If you decide to get some chickens for your backyard, then you will need to build a chicken coop. If you are like me, you will want to build your very own chicken coop.
Yes, it is easier to buy a small chicken coop but generally they are made of inferior materials and seldom last for the long haul. By building your own chicken coop, you can choose materials that are sturdy and robust which will last for many, many years.
My grandfather was a builder and the best advice he gave me was that you never build anything without a set of plans. A set of chicken coop plans will give you an overall view of your chicken coop and these plans will keep you on track as you complete your building project.
Why Chicken Coop Plans?
It is not that difficult to build a chicken coop. A few basic carpentry tools will suffice for the project. Sometimes if you don’t have all the tools, then you can borrow tools from your family or friends if need be. Usually, family and friends are very willing to help out.
I find a set of plans is the best place to start. Yes, they may cost a few dollars but in the long run they will usually same you money and time. When someone else has provided all the information you need to build a chicken coop, then usually that will save you a lot of time. You will know what materials to source and you know what lengths they will need to be cut to. Moreover, a set of plans take away all the guess work so that you will save money by avoiding costly mistakes.
A set of chicken coop plans will give you the confidence to complete the project from start to finish. The step-by-step instructions are usually easy to follow as you see your project come to life and completed.
A set of chicken coop plans also provide the big picture of your project. You can see the end product before you even start. Of course, you can make small alterations that will suit your needs but overall a set of plans will give you direction and the means to get the job done.
What Size Chicken Coop?
Chicken coop plans come with a variety of sizes to choose from which will suit your backyard situation. You will have plans for small chicken coops – either fixture or movable. There are plans for medium and large size chicken coop with free range add on. Usually, medium to large chicken coops are more fixture type coops; whereas, the smaller coops are more movable.
Once you purchase a set of plans, you will simply need to decide what size coop will be suitable for your backyard. Take your time building the chicken coop and you will have years of service for your hens.