Creating a chicken house –

August 21, 2017 | By alex | Filed in: Mistakes To Avoid When Building A Chicken Coop.

Among the big stuff that I wish to get across here’s that whenever you need to animal, you are taking around the responsibility for your animal’s care, feeding, protection and overall welfare. We can’t overstate the truth that if you’re not interested by doing this, then please stick to buying meat, eggs, milk or other things which comes from animals.

Pastured Poultry Profit$

The surface of the list for learning to look after and learning to build an abode that compliments the chickenness from the chicken may be the book Pasture Chicken Profit$ by Mr. Joel Salatin. The Brand New You are able to Occasions calls him, “The High Priest from the Pasture.” I suppose that’s a awesome moniker and all sorts of, what impresses me probably the most would be that the man certainly knows his chickens.

Coop and Run

I additionally enjoy the Chicken 2. article by Paul Wheaton on chickens where he compares and contrasts (with measurable indicators) why raising chickens inside a paddock shift system is preferable to inside a coop and run.

I believe that either of individuals two sources works perfectly for somebody searching to obtain began with chickens, thinks about the problem that certain day they may want chickens, or were built with a dream of chickens. I just read greater than I actually do, I’ve found that it’s less expensive this way. Why feel the learning from mistakes to do a problem when others might have documented their mistakes already?

I needed the look to include fundamental features:

-Reasonably strong

-Well ventilated

-Could be guaranteed (during the night)

-Light-weight and portable

-Stored the chickens dry during rain

-Had enough roosts for that chickens

-Had nesting boxes

-Open at the end to prevent getting manure collect

-Open at the end so the chickens can forage (when they’re away from the yard)

-Built using materials on hands (affordable)

Building the coop: While using above needs, here’s what Used to do to construct the coop/tractor:

-I scavenged two old pallets from Chaya’s pavement version 1 which were about 3’ wide

-I required the underside “skids” from them so they were flat somewhere coupled with the uncovered ribs on the other hand.

-Then i was them on finish (about 6’ apart), and connected all of them with a bit of plywood across the backside

Chicken Coop

-Then i measured the width from the roof using the bit of tin I’d on hands

-I required that measurement and determined (comprising a little over hold on the back and front) just how much I possibly could stop the pallets (with an position) to create the rooftop line

-I covered both sides from the coop with chicken wire to give the chickens some protection

Chicken coop front

-Then i connected the 2 high points on every side to create the leading from the roof

-Used to do exactly the same using the low sides and laid a couple of rafters across after which attached the tin roof

Chicken Coop rear

-I covered the rear uncovered portion with chicken wire and built a removable window to permit accessibility lounging boxes in the back (rotate individuals two blocks of wood and also the window pops out)

-I attached some “skids” towards the bottom after which presented right in front creating a simple door and covered any open space with chicken wire

-I trimmed the edges to pay for uncovered cut chicken wire

laying boxes


-I put two simple roosts around the right side and built shelves around the left that held three lounging boxes ~12” X 12.”

-I made use of a brief portion of rain gutter for any feed trough (when needed)

-To really make it mobile, I attached two horizontal struts with old lawnmower wheels in it along with a mix bar around the front. Chaya and Scooter can move this every day. Bear in mind, it doesn’t need to move far (no more than 6-8’).

Chicken Coop wheels

The chickens enjoy it. Installed themselves to sleep every evening and awaken prepared to eat bugs every day. I have to admit that we don’t miss ticks within the yard, so we do like fresh eggs so it’s victory-win.

Further enhancements/consideration:

-If some building grade lumber might be salvaged from the destruction, I believe the framing would go considerably faster and also the overall chicken houseOrtractor could be lighter.

-I am certain the spiral nail market is stored alive through the pallet industry. Should you have had in your mind you could pull individuals nails out—you are kidding yourself. Easier to pound them straight in!

-The greatest expense that people had were the fasteners—pretty much anything else was salvaged. If you’re one to maintain stocks of things before they be costly, you might want to look at fasteners. They don’t go spoil or go rotten, but make sure to safeguard from their store from rust.

-This coop/tractor is clearly not getting me around the cover of Chicken Keeper Quarterly, however it was affordable. Sure, you are able to drop big gold coin on the coop, construct your own, etc. The very first a double edged sword of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle frequently get overlooked. Should you keep the farming intrastructure lightweight and portable, you typically will keep your costs way lower.

Leave a remark regarding your chicken house building encounters.


Pro Deo et Patria

Photo Credits:

Cover of Pastured Chicken Profit$ by Polyface Farms

Chicken House and Operated by Paul Wheaton at

Other Chicken House photos by Kitchen Paratus


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