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I will show you how to build a chicken coop, but let me give you an introduction to chicken coops. First off, a chicken coop is used as a shelter and safe retreat for chickens and it also give hens a place to lay their eggs in a safe environment. The chicken coop needs to have an area where the chickens can roam around in their outside environment called a run. You should determine whether or not the chickens should be confined in a holding pen that is fully enclosed, free-range, or fenced off. This depends on the natural predators that are around the area and it can be either wild or domestic.

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Depending on how many chickens you plan to have, you will need to build a coop based on that size. It can range from small, medium, large, to even chicken tractors. The example I will provide on how to build a chicken coop is for 8 chickens. You should follow these general rules when knowing how to build a chicken coop.

– You need to allow at least 5 square feet of space for each chicken. This allow them plenty of space for each individual chicken or hen.
– Generally, if you have about 8 chickens, they can share a total of 3 nests between those eight. Any more chickens, you’ll need more nests.
– Give at least 9 inches in perch length for each of your chickens. I will explain this further later on.

How to Build a Chicken Coop

It’s important to keep these things in mind when building a chicken coops. The chicken coop needs to provide a bit of storage area and needs an entrance hole, called a chicken hatchway. It’s imperative to have ample lighting and ventilation for the chickens. Also keep in mind that the door to the entrance should be big enough so that you can clean the chicken coop with ease. The door should open inwards and consider putting a lock on it as well. When knowing how to build a chicken coop, you’ll know that the floor has to allow for about inches of wood shavings called deep litter.

When installing a feeder and water system, some people make their own, but you can also just buy a supply system that has it already made.

Keep these 3 main focus points when learning how to build a chicken coop.
1. It’s important that your chicken coop stays safe from predators and from the weather. You don’t want to lose and chickens, hens, or eggs to something that you can do to protect it.
2. Make sure that you keep the chicken coop at an easy maintenance level. This way you can keep it clean and take good care of the chickens and hens.
3. The chicken coop needs to have ventilation but also stay warm. It is a safe haven for the chickens and they also need some light that gets into the coop.

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