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If your wish is to keep chickens you should know that you will not actually need special housing designed for them. If they are kept safe from the elements and also from predators, then that will be enough to keep chickens safely in the back yard, depending on your choice. Thus, you will need to build cheap chicken coops and depending on the type you want to build, it can be completed in just a few hours and at a very low cost.
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
1. You can opt for building a stationary chicken coop and this will mainly depend on the number of chickens you want to raise and whether your chickens will be allowed to free range. Regardless of the type you will build, it's important that your chickens always remain healthy. That is why it's recommended to allow for about four sq. ft. of space per chick and at least 1 nesting box per 4 hens. In terms of perches, they need to be installed eighteen inches from the ground. Also, be sure your coop is properly sealed so it will protect against predators and bad weather.
2. Build your coop with egg collecting, cleaning and maintenance in mind. If using straw bales of hay, it's vital that you wrap the whole structure with snow fencing or chicken wire to ensure it will hold off predators. The roof needs to be secured to the ground directly for better resistance against predators and storms.
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
3. The easier way to design a stationary coop is to use an existing stationary structure. Thus, all you will need are a ramp for chickens to enter and exit the coop, perches and boxes. Moreover, if the flock is going to be completely free range, the coop should feature caged runs attached, so the chickens can access sunshine and fresh air easily. You should make up your mind of whether the pen should feature a wire top to prevent owls and hawks from attacking the chickens; also the type of locking mechanism and gate that will be used.
4. Lights are a vital element in the construction process of a chicken coop, as chickens will go to sleep as it gets dark and will wake up at sunrise. Because of this you will need to make sure you build windows to your coop which will allow a lot of light to come inside. Another use of the windows is that they will improve air circulation inside the coop and thus the chicken can breathe clean, fresh air. If you don't provide enough light to your chickens you should expect them to lay eggs during weird hours and less frequently.
5. Last but not least, you will need to pay attention to climate and land. That is why you need to make sure that the ground below is hard, so it won't cause any trouble in the long run due to the weight of the coop.
As you can see, if you want to start building chicken coops you will need to follow these tips. They will help you with building your coop fast and at a low cost!