Making the right arrange for a chicken house – the homesteading housewife

November 30, 2018 | By alex | Filed in: Mistakes To Avoid When Building A Chicken Coop.

If you’re considering purchasing some chickens for you personally homestead, don’t allow the task of planning your chicken house prevent you inside your tracks.  It might appear just like a daunting task, but my simple listing is you’ll need with this process.

Whenever we first though about benefiting from chickens, we looked online at pre-built coops and made the decision we didn’t have the cash to invest on chickens.  The coops the thing is online are extremely perfect, smartly designed, warm, and costly as hell.  Very few people who are searching to buy chickens the very first time will be ready to make that sort of the investment on something they aren’t sure will fit their lifestyle.

Once we began to hang out with other homesteaders, we observed that none of them of these had one of these simple prebuilt chicken coops.  Everybody we understood had built their very own chicken house from sheds, doghouses, pallets, or simply by hands with scrap wood they’d.  This really experienced my husband’s wheels spinning and that he attempted to build us the best chicken house.

Naturally, I began doing research on which that chicken house required to include since i understood he hadn’t.  After going in one page to a different, I discovered that there wasn’t any single source of new chicken maqui berry farmers to make use of and so i made the decision to create one.  Here’s my listing of everything you will have to include when planning your chicken house.  You might should also chicken out these common chicken keeping mistakes to prevent before getting began.


Chickens need somewhere they can roost and feel safe

A spot for your chickens to roost is an essential, and frequently most overlooked a part of a chicken house.  Chickens are seem sleepers not to mention prefer to sleep as high off the floor as you possibly can to steer clear of predators lurking within the shadows.  They’ll sleep around the perches based on their pecking order, using the more prominent wild birds at the very top, therefore the “most important” wild birds are safer.

It’s also more healthy for the wild birds to rest on roosts.  Sleeping on the floor increases their likelihood of getting sick in the pathogens, parasites, and bacteria which are thriving there.  Keep these things as high off the floor as you would like, just make certain there’s enough room to allow them to roost without striking the ceiling!

Nesting Boxes

Chickens need nesting boxes to lay eggs.

Nesting boxes are an important consideration when you plan your chicken house.  The concept would be to encourage your chickens to put their eggs inside a clean atmosphere by supplying all of them with a hot and place to do this.  Additionally, it causes it to be much simpler that you should discover the eggs without getting to obtain with an Easter time Egg search!

I’ve discovered some cheap nesting boxes online that I like, however i also have had my hubby build them also.  The chickens aren’t particular concerning the nesting boxes as lengthy while you provide them with enough room to suit and line the nests with someone warm and clean.  The standard would be to provide one nesting box for each 3 hens inside your coop

Water and food

Chickens eating food off the ground

While it ought to be apparent that you simply chickens must have water and food, it’s important they you remember that when you’re building your coop.  If you’re able to develop a feeder to your coop from the beginning, it may save a lot of headache later.  Any method for you to keep your water and food off the floor is extremely suggested!

Insulation and Bedding

Hay is a great way to insulate coops

With regards to bedding, it’s most likely better to use something you curently have a good amount of in your homestead.  Our alpacas only consume the leafy hay and then leave behind the stuff that’s a a bit more course, so we use that for out chicken bedding.  Hay, wood shavings, wood chips, or other things that’s absorbent and warm works great.

Because we reside in Colonial, we love to to include some insulation to the chicken coops.  It can help have them warmer during the cold months and extends their lounging season much more time of computer would when they weren’t insulated.


A chicken coop run lets the chickens get plenty of sunshine and air.

Ventilation is among the most significant points to consider when planning your chicken house, yet many people completely neglected.  If you would like your chickens to remain healthy, you will have to provide the coop an origin of ventilation for ventilation.  At the minimum, you need to give them a little window that’s protected with chicken wire or mesh.  From general observations, should you not provide any insulation, the chicken house will begin to stink around the summer time!


If you protect your investments, you should protect your chickens!

Predators are an essential factor to think about when you’re creating a coop for the chickens.  You need to have them in your mind in all you do since the tiniest whole could be deadly for the chickens.  Patch every air whole with chicken wire and don’t forget that predators range from sky along with the ground.

Based on exactly what the predator scenario is in where you reside, you might like to possess a sliding door in your chicken house to ensure that they’re guaranteed during the night.  Opening and closing the doorway every single day is a superb chore in my kids, however, many fellow homesteaders have obtained units that open and shut on the timer.  This helps to ensure that they won’t lose any wild birds simply because they didn’t remember to shut the doorway one evening.

What Have You Think?  Please Tell Me Within The Comments Below



Melanie Varela: You are a Farm now. Come delivery day for Dolly, you'll have achieved it all! I love how the homestead is progressing. So much to learn and it's really interesting and entertaining. I really appreciate that you share all of this.

Tprop12: seriously next year consider getting khaki campbell ducks they lay just as much if not more eggs then the best chicken they are good foragers, mamas and are dual purpose

ART and BRI: We would love to. I love ducks and campbells are near the top of my list to own. Right now the buff duck is setting on eggs. If she is successful, these will be our ducks. We would like to have many breeds but probably one is enough for now.

wotan20: Yes, you are a farm Bri, in the noble, old fashioned sense, before the word 'farm' became synonymous with huge and specialized industrial farming, as the last 70 years 'developments' lamentably unfolded. I'm happy to say however, that you, together with many other modern-day Pioneers, are  working diligently to roll back that toxic and wasteful 'development'. It is happening because homesteaders and smallholders everywhere have resurrecting diversified farms like yours, which functions on a Human scale, using gentler, more natural, and healthier farming methods. In fact it is the reincarnation of the concept from that enchanting song, "Old Mac Donald Had A Farm', which still rings in my ears, from my distant childhood memories.  ♪♫♪

ChezGra: Definitely a farm!!! I have been following since day one. You guys have accomplished so much!!!! Well done!!

Bob Balbirnie: First off, I am really enjoying your video's on the homestead, great to see a comeback of the small farm. Second, when you butcher your older hen I notice some of them have very nice looking hackle feathers which fly fishermen would love when tying their flies for fishing. You may want to look into skinning them and selling the hides for additional income, I am sure there will be a market for them if you check around the fly fishing community. Thanks for keeping this going, all the best for the most success possible.

Just Me: You aren't just a farm, Bri, you're an 'old McDonald farm! E-I-E-I-O! All you need now are pigs, horses and sheep.

Melissa Klingerman: For some time we ran a dozen bantam hens with our full size flock. The only one that had issue was a small English bantam hen. \n\nAlso people will say that silkies don't roost and are bad in winter…we do not offer supplemental heat and get down to 20 below. They happily rooster and survived many Indian winters. \nJust my personal experience.

BunniesAndBubbles: 2:04 there's an egg on the roof!

ART and BRI: Sansa – Yep

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