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How To Build An Affordable Chicken Coop

Updated on June 28, 2011

If you’re on a tight budget but would still want to build your very own chicken coop so that you and your family could save and earn a lot of money from selling chickens then this article is the one for you.

A lot of people think that building your own backyard chicken coop can be a very expensive task. However, it should not be as long as you stick with a firm budget and keep in mind a variety of important information in order to have the maximum success with your chicken coop project.

In reality, a lot of experienced chicken farmers have been spending far more money than they should have in trying to build their backyard chicken coops. However, with a few simple adjustments, these farmers could have saved hundreds of dollars. Here are some points to consider when building your own chicken coop under a tight budget.

1. Choosing the best location before building your chicken coop

The first important thing to consider is to make sure that you have the best location for a chicken enclosure in your backyard. In order to do this, you have to survey your land to look for the most solid and most compact area as possible to build your chicken coop on. This is to make sure that the ground is stable enough and solid enough to keep the foundations of the chicken coop in place. A ground area that is loosely packed can eventually cause the foundations of your home-made coop to collapse in the long-run and therefore will cost you more during rebuilding.

Expect to pay more if you will have somebody survey the land for you and do a little landscaping first before building. However, you can save on money by doing the surveying yourself or having your family and friends help in surveying for a solid spot or making sure that the ground you will build on is tightly packed.

Remember that this is the first important step so be careful with choosing the right place to build your chicken coop on.

2. Make sure to have proper ventilation

Chickens need a lot of light and ventilation in order to grow healthy. Therefore, it is important for you to have a chicken coop design that will allow a lot of ventilation and light to pass through. Placing windows properly in the chicken coop will allow for a lesser expensive option than wiring the coop with electrical lights and ventilation.

One good thing to consider is the seasonal wind directions. Chickens need ventilation alright, but they can easily get sick with too cold winds.

The best advice is to get a good and affordable chicken coop design with proper ventilation already planned out.

3. Opt for a smaller design

The final thing to consider in building a chicken coop is to start with a smaller size design. Due to obvious reasons, a smaller chicken coop will need fewer materials. However, buying smaller amount of building materials will cause them to have a higher cost. Nevertheless, unless you are planning to sell your chickens or eggs at a commercial level, a small size chicken coop is still the best affordable option for a backyard.


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