Tuesday, 2 September 2014

build a chicken coop in 7 Steps

Materials needed to build a chicken coop

To raise chickens, it is essential to ensure their well-being. 
Above all, they will need an enclosed and protected able to provide shelter to eat and sleep, to keep them warm and dry and protect them from predators. 

The house should be large enough to avoid crowding, and equipped with a perch and a nest and clean spaces for eating and drinking. This shelter will be completed by an outside run with grass, allowing them to roam free and enjoy the outdoors during the day. 

While there are many barns kit ready for use in trade, it is also possible to build it yourself, or by converting existing shelter garden or from your plans, using planks and wooden poles.

Materials needed to build a chicken coop

Here is a project fairly simple to make. It will allow you to raise a dozen hens. 

You will need: 
10 concrete blocks (for the seat);
  • thin mortar; 
  • 2 treated wood joists section 50 x 75 mm x 2 m and L 2 joists section 50 x 75 mm L x 1.50 m (to the floor); 
  • 8 wooden planks treated L 2 mxl 15.5 cm x thickness. 2.1 cm (to the floor); 
  • 2 posts 6 x 8 cm x L 2 m section 2 poles and 6 x 8 cm x 1.50 m section (for the back wall); 
  • 2 posts 6 x 8 cm x L 2 m section 2 poles and 6 x 8 cm x 2 m section (for the front wall); 
  • 50 sheets of paneling 2m L x W x 15 cm thick. 4 cm sawing to length (for all 4 walls); 
  • 12 plates of L 70 cm W x 15 cm thick. 4 cm (for a door H 1.80 m); 
  • 2 barred windows (possibly glass) L 80 cm x 60 cm wide on the front and left side; 
  • 4 plates fibro-cement L x 1.80 mxl 9 th. 5 cm (for the roof); 
  • am 4.5 x 40 and 3.5 x 40 mm; 
  • Brackets 40 x 10 40 x 40 mm; 
  • 5 hinges galvanized 50 x 30 mm; 
  • 1 board of 1.85m L x W x 30 cm thick. 2.7 and 2 brackets L 15 cm (for inside floor); 
  • 2 small logs or branches 2 cm x L 1.85 m (for perches); 
  • trough for poultry; 
  • feeder poultry; 
  • chicken wire, sufficient to establish the closing of outside run (about 50 m per 150 m2 of course) dimensions; 
  • fence posts.

Step 1: Choose a location

Check local regulations neighborhood to make sure it is legal to raise chickens in your yard. Some municipalities prohibit. 

If it's legal, choose a location not too far from home to make it easy to access and take care of your chickens, but not too close because of odor. 

Looking for a flat place, facing south, but also bright enough sheltered by a wall or tree to provide shade in the summer when it's hot.

Step 2: Determine the number of hens and measure the area needed

Determine how you want to raise chickens. 
A chicken coop 2.50 x 2.50 m provides enough space for 10-12 hens. 
Then measure the area of the barn and golf.

Step 3: Build the floor of the chicken coop

The floor, made ​​of floor based on 4 horizontal poles. It will be covered with straw or hay (to be changed periodically).

Step 4: Build the walls

The front and rear faces are first individually assembled on the ground, with the posts. 
They are assembled with the horizontal side posts, the bracket held by vertical posts.

The sides are assembled in the same manner as the front and rear faces. 
The frame is then covered with a paneling paneling pierced on the front side and the left side L of two mesh windows 80 xl 60 cm. The boards need to be cut to length to accommodate these openings.

Step 5: Attach the door

A large door, consisting of an assembly of plates, is fixed by two hinges. 
It is used to access the nests and collecting eggs. It also cleans the room.

Step 6: Build the roof of the chicken coop

The roof is made of planks of fiber cement plates, attached to the sides by brackets.

Step 7: Install accessories

The interior floor should allow hens to change position, rest in height. It consists of a wooden platform resting on two metal brackets. 
The nests, which are used to lay, are slightly raised from the ground and separated into three boxes. 
Perches are essential for rest and sleep chickens, consist of two small logs or branches attached to supports. 
A removable ramp of 1 mxl 25 cm is intended to facilitate the entry and exit of chickens. 
A small fleet of 150 sqm surrounded by a wire fence protects chickens from intrusion and distraction in the grass

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