Which coop is right for your needs? That’s a question only you can answer. The only perfect coop is the one that’s suitable for your specific needs. You’ll need to take into consideration the climate where you live, how much space you have for a coop, and how large it needs to be to comfortably house your birds.
I’ve said it many times, but I’ll say it again, the more coop space the better. Always build bigger than what you think is adequate, especially if your chickens will be confined. Remember, happy chickens fill the egg basket!
Keep in mind that a coop should be convenient for you to clean. One you can stand up in is a huge plus. At the very least, a coop should be easy to access drinkers, feeders, and of course, fresh eggs. Bedding material should be just as easy to remove as it is to refresh. That means the door of your coop should be large enough for a standard size rake to fit through.
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Ready for my fall chicks with this totally customized brooder! Hubby spent countless weekends designing and building this beautiful addition to my brooder shed. The interior can be divided into two sections, both are designed for radiant heating as well as overhead low wattage supplemental heat lamps. The plexiglass front allows the chicks to actually see the world before they’re moved into the grow pen.
• Brooder has six conveniently placed power outlets and cord stays.
• Plenty of storage below for all those bulky supplies.
• Digital wireless temperature read-out from brooder to our home.
• Floor of brooder is easy to clean linoleum tiles.
• Top lifts for easy access on both sections and both are self-soft closing.
• Brooder box is high so it’s easy on the back for cleaning.
I can sure appreciate the dedication and effort involved to create this coop from scratch. It’s lovely, creative, and more than suitable to accommodate chickens. Keeping chickens for many is a hobby, it should be just as fun watching them as it is caring for them. This is where the coop plays such an important role in chicken keeping. It needs to be a place you want to be too!
Putting your individual signature on a coop will turn the ordinary into a unique image of your personality. New isn’t always better, a coop just needs to be functional, style comes from the touch of caring hands and love.
Here’s an example of how much fun it can be to design a chicken coop. I found it on Backyard Chickens.
Very Low Cost But Tons of Work: Recycled Coop | by Nardo
Not sure about the “low cost” of this DIY coop, but use your imagination… we can all find scrap materials that would add a little dazzle to our chicken coops! I like the plants inside, nice touch!
Updated June 2018… and there’s way more than 1,200 coops and set-up ideas now! Thinking of getting chickens? Or is it time to upgrade your current set-up? I’ve collected a ton of ideas on Pinterest that will inspire you.