So you are thinking about building a chicken coop in your own backyard. This is a good decision for several reasons.
Thinking About Building A Chicken Coop
There are four good reasons why you should think about building your own chicken coop in your backyard. Let me share them with you!
1. You are in Complete Control
When you build your own chicken coop, you are in complete control. You get to choose sturdy and robust materials so that your coop will last for many, many years. Many prefabricated chicken coops use inferior materials which only last for a minimum amount of time. Buying good material from your local hardware store will give you longevity to your backyard chicken coop and in the long run save you money.
Also, you get to choose a set of plans that will be just right for your backyard. It is worth your time to look for a good and complete set of chicken coop building plans that will enable you to construct the chicken coop from beginning to end.
Most chicken coop plans will provide what materials are needed and the measurements for those materials.
2. You Save Time and Money
Building your own chicken coop will save you time and money if you choose a set of chicken coop plans. A set of chicken coop plans will come with a complete material list, step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations. With all this information, you will be able to complete your project quickly avoiding costly mistakes which usually happens when you have no plans or directions to follow.
My family has been in the building industry for many years and it is common sense to have a set of plans before you start constructing any type of building, even a chicken coop. A small investment in a set of plans will save you time and money in the long run.
A set of chicken coop building plans will help you source just the right amount of material for your backyard chicken coop. It takes away all the guest work with purchasing materials and constructing the design you choose to build for your backyard chicken coop. Also, you can actually see what you are building and hopefully you can see the end goal (see image below!).
3. You Choose the Size
When you build your own chicken coop, you get to choose the size which will suit your needs. Chicken coop plans come in various sizes from small movable chicken coops to medium and large chicken coops with free range enclosures.
Small chicken coops are easy to build and inexpensive. They fit well within the confines of a small backyard and they can be made to be movable which allows for different position when the need arises.
Medium to large chicken coops are better suited to larger backyards or farmyards. The added benefit of medium to large chicken coops is the free range enclosure which gives the hens space to
wonder around. These chicken coops are usually permanent fixtures.
4. You Receive Personal Satisfaction
When you build your own chicken coop, there is a sense of personal satisfaction when the task is completed, especially when you take the time to do the job properly.
Also, you can get your children involved in the process. These can be great moments for the family.
I always let my children help with building things for the backyard. I let them do some of the tasks like hammering in the nails, drilling holes with the cordless drill, digging holes for permanent stumps and painting the project.
We have many memories of building a chicken coop, cubby house and planter boxes (see image below) for our backyard patio. The children always remember the times you spend with them to do special things.