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How To Build a Chicken Hutch

Updated on February 25, 2013

It's time to Build your Own Chicken Hutch

How To Build a Chicken Hutch

So...you are in need of a chicken hutch but you don't want to spend the money it requires to hire someone to do it for you?

Good idea. I've been there too. I screwed up though and had to start over. I learned my lesson and took the smart road of doing it the second time around. I did some research - find out the DO's and DONT's and apply them.

Here what I learned on how to build a chicken hutch.

Have fun,

Frank

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The primary question usually in the minds of much upcoming city chicken farmers is related to the cost of keeping the chickens. They might be dreaming of procuring free range eggs from their own business, but they are not able to suffer financially for the benefit. However, there is good news that chickens are not at all expensive to keep.

To get a young chicken, it is also necessary to have a brooder to keep them for a few weeks. One can also use a plastic bin of a bigger size, a container or even a cardboard box if available. If one desires to possess an older chicken close to laying age, then he/she should be ready to cough up anything between $ 10-15.

In order to light the chicken’s home, one can use a basic shop light with a reflecting material around it. However, if there is a need to buy the equipment, there are heat lamps and special lamps which cost between $10 -30.

There is also a need for some water and food containers. Once you get a food container, it is obvious that you need to keep food in those. Most places were chicks are purchase; the shopkeepers also have food known as chick starters. The larger the size of the bag is, the less will it cost per pound. It is advisable to leave the chicks on the starter until they finish it all and then move on to another kind in the later stages.

A bag weighing 5lb of chick starter costs roughly $5 or a 50lb costs $15. For instance, for 3 chickens, the bag of 50lb will last around six months.

The next thing needed for the chicks is bedding. Some people use old newspapers or shredding paper which is available for free. If the chicks are in the house, wood shavings are preferred and a bag of it costs around $12. So for around $74, one can fully set up the chickens for the first few months of their lives along with food for around six months and comfortable bedding. But after some time, the chicks will grow and would outgrow the brooder size and a new home for them will be needed.

Usually, the chicken coops are expensive. It is thus preferable to use recycled materials whenever possible and used play structure from Craigslist. In case one wishes to purchase a pre-made chicken coop, he/she should be ready to pay a lot of money for it. Talking about food and bedding, it is advised to start with homemade waterer which costs around $2 and works for few months.

It is also advised to change to wood pellets for bedding.

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How to Built a Chicken Hutch
How to Built a Chicken Hutch

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Building a home for your chickens is not a complicated manner. Before choosing to hire someone to do it, I advise that you do some research to find out how to built a chicken hutch. That way, you’ll save money and even learn a new skill in the process. Here are a few key points to plan out…

Portable or not?

There are two main categories of chicken hutch..portable and permanent. A portable chicken hutch is designed with the ability of being easily moved from one location to another (kind of like a trailer home). A permanent chicken hutch is the opposite. Once built, it can never be moved. Ask yourself which one suit your need best before starting to put materials together.

Space

How big do you want it your chicken hutch to be? That mainly depends on how much space you have available and how many of the birds you own. Keep in mind that the more space the chickens have, the healthier they grow. A good rule of thumb is having a minimum of two square feet of room per chicken. Put that into consideration or you might end up with something too small.

Light and Ventilation

I am sure you know receiving sun light is very important to every living creatures. Chickens are no different. That’s why it’s a good idea to place the windows on the south side of the building – this way, it will get better sun light and ventilation in the warm seasons with additional warmth during the cool months. You also have the option of using light bulbs. If you have electrical skills, this would be a good time to put them into practice.

Some Easy Steps for a Chicken Hutch
Some Easy Steps for a Chicken Hutch

Some Easy Steps for a Chicken Hutch

Steps to do...

If you have a farm and own chickens, then it is a necessity to have a chicken hutch. It is basically a house for your birds. It will a provide them with a comfortable living, safety against predators, place to lay eggs, warmth during the cold nights etc…

One thing to remember when trying to build one is to know what material to use. If you don’t do the proper research to find out how to do it right, you’ll end up being frustrated from have to start over when realizing you screwed up.

The majority of chicken hutch are made using woods as the main material. Due to that, no matter how well made they are, they will face one problem…The wood will eventual rot. To avoid that, consider the following options:

- Use wood that is mixed in with pesticides (pressure-treated)

- There are woods that are naturally rot-resistant. For example, tropical hardwoods, cedar and redwood.

- Softwoods are also an alternative. Look for Douglas-fir, hemlock, or pine. Just use a sealer to them.

- Lastly, you can use a man-made material instead of wood.

The bad news is, a few of those solutions also come up with downsides. One problem it may raise is toxicity in the chicken hutch.. If you choose to infuse the wood with pesticides, the toxic material will contaminate the chickens. And if they are being preserve as a source of food, the poison can hurt the consumer. Same problems goes with the sealer.

Before purchasing those kind of materials, find out what ingredients they are made of. Don’t choose anything that can bring danger to a living creature’s health.

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Build a Chicken Hutch Quickly With These Techniques

Do you think that it's going to take weeks to build a chicken house? If so, you may want to think again. With the right techniques and tips you can easily accomplish this goal in as little as a few short days and have great success while doing so.

Here is what you need to know in order to build a chicken house properly.

Plan The Entire Inside Before Building

The first thing you must do as you build a chicken house is take the time to plan the entire coop before you build. Many people make the mistake of building too early and then find out they have built too small because of all the additional pieces that have to go inside.

Remember that the measurements that you get in terms of total free space are just that - free space. If you start adding the feeders, the waterers, the perches, and so on, this will take away from the total amount of free space you have, making your chickens feel more crowded.

To solve this problem, draw a blueprint out first and then proceed to build a chicken house according to that design.

Make Sure You Give Your Chickens Enough Light

Next, you also need to make sure that you're giving your chickens enough total light. This is accomplished by being sure you add enough windows throughout the coop which will serve to allow the sun to shin in.

Just be sure with these windows that you are not placing them too low or the sun may shine directly at the chickens, which can make them feel uncomfortable. Locate the main direction the sun typically hits your chicken coop and be sure to focus your windows on that side of the house.

Never Build Smaller Than You Think You'd Need

Finally, as noted in the first point, size is one of the biggest things you must take into consider as you build a chicken house. If you aren't sure how many chickens you plan to keep, it's a smart move to build slightly larger than you think you'll need, then if you do decide to add one or two more, you will have enough room.

The worst situation is when a chicken farmer builds the perfect size coop but then finds out he needs more chickens. Then you have to tare down the coop and rebuild parts of it or else add an extension onto the coop that's in place.

So be sure you're following these three tips as you build a chicken house. The process may seem quite intricate but by using a building plan that breaks it down into manageable steps, it really becomes something that you can easily handle over the course of a weekend.

A Simple Step!
A Simple Step!

How to Make a Decent Chicken Hutch

A Simple Step!

The very first thing to plan out, is the location. You need to make sure that it is a flat area. Also, there shouldn't be any trees nearby. There is the possibility that they can fall down on the chicken hutch and destroy your hard work. The trees can be also be used as a way for other animals to climb on and get in the chicken hutch through the windows and attack your birds.

Second thing to consider is size. How many chickens you have? How big are they? How much room do you want to give them? etc... The size also depends on what kind of business you are involved with. If you are in the chicken raising industry, then you should consider building a two floor chicken hutch since your number of chickens will grow over time

Now, you are ready to gather your materials. You'll need to find yourself a saw, hammer, nails, screws, fencing and such. Everything should be listed in your chicken hutch plan. Like I said before, the ground on which you plan on having this project on needs to be flat. If it's not, you might need to rent a bulldozer to get the job done.

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You got a Chicken Coop allready build? Let us know if there are some pictures online to check it out!

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    • Judy Goldsberry profile image

      Judy Goldsberry 5 years ago

      This is great! Thanks Frank, you have given me lots of neat ideas.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These are so cool, I love the van one.

    • wolfie10 profile image

      wolfie10 6 years ago

      i got a yard, but these are very good and you can move them around.