Cost savings and the ability to customize the design are usually the two main reasons why people prefer to build their very own chicken coop. If you are a handy man or woman, then the cost of building a chicken coop can be kept under $ 100. The basic materials needed for a chicken coop are relatively inexpensive and include the chicken wire, wood, hinges, screws and nails.
The first step is to come up with the right chicken coop design. You can derive inspiration and ideas by searching online for chicken coop plans and pictures and you should adapt the design to suit your budget and needs.
It is best to keep it simple and small enough to fit in your back yard but roomy enough for the chickens to live and roam in. Keep in mind also the needs of your future chickens, most need a warm living area that is raised from the ground, secure chicken wire fencing to protect them from predators and enough room to walk and frolic around.
After you have chosen your own design and plan, make a list of all the tools and materials you will need to complete the entire DIY task. You must have the basic tools like saw, hammer, screw driver, and of course a measuring tool. Be sure to measure the pieces of wood to ensure that they were of the right size as needed. But do not fret if there are slight inaccuracies, as your pet chickens won’t definitely mind.
The chicken coop does not have to be beautiful but it does have to be sturdy and practical. Your chickens will need something that is safe so ensure that at the very least, they are protected from predators with adequate mesh cover and even wire on the ground to prevent foxes from burrowing under. Good luck with building your own chicken coop.