Hen Coops Plans – get you the best layouts for hens and budget

If you are looking for the best hen coops plans then there are a few things you need to check out first.  I have used a good set of various hen coops plans which gave me everything I wanted, but the reason that the plans include many different layouts is to meet the various needs you have for your hens coop, not least of which is how many hens you want to keep.

Decide on the size of your chicken coop

The easiest way to see what designs are available is to check out the hen coops plans, which show you clearly how much space, time and money each take to build. Understanding what sort of hen coops you can get and meet your requirements will help narrow down the large selection and allow you to start costing out the items needed from the plans. There are hundreds of different styles and designs available, and size and budget will definitely come into play, and you are going to want to have a definite amount of money in mind before deciding looking at any chicken coop plans. Each chicken should have about 4sq feet of coop space to keep them happy and healthy. Do not skimp on the size of your chicken coop. Chickens that live in undersized coops resort to abnormal pecking and even cannibalism. I am sure you do not want this! So if you have a coop holding 5 chickens, 20 square feet will be ample room for your chickens to grow, feed, and produce. Bear in mind that unless you are going to be selling your eggs, 4-6 chickens will produce enough eggs for most families.

Choose the right location

As much as it’s important to focus on a budget, you also don’t want to choose a plan or design that is so cheap, as to be an eyesore to other people in the neighborhood, or go with something so large that it completely overpowers the area in which it will be placed.

fresh chicken eggs

The average healthy chicken can lay up to 300 eggs a year so that can give you a good idea of how many you want to keep and what space they will require.  Measure out the area first, making sure that you level and clear any parts of the garden or yard where the coop will be placed. Once the area is measured and cleared, it’s time to choose the chicken coop plans that best suit your needs, and if you find one that you really like, but it seems a little out of your price range, you should think about perhaps using some second hand materials and tools which will help reduce the price.  Some plans are designed to use almost totally reclaimed wood from pallets so the cost of building your coop could be almost nothing. If this is your first go around at raising chickens, it may be wise to stick with a plan that is small and manageable to begin with. Choose a hen house plan that is basic, but that can be added to and extended at a later date. Deciding to plan and build on your own, or with the help of friends, can save you hundreds of dollars or more, long before you start saving on eggs.

Build Your Coop for Easy Maintenance


chicken coops from plansOne of the largest obstacles when maintaining a chicken coop is cleaning it. Some people do not build their coops with ease of maintenance in mind, and suffer the consequences later on. But you can learn from their mistakes, and ensure that your coop will be easy to clean in the future. One very important feature is to make sure the floor of the coop is sloped downward toward the main door. When you wash the inside of the coop, the water will automatically drain outside, instead of puddling in the middle.

Protect Your Coop From Weather and Predators

It is important that you build your chicken coop with the protection of the chickens in mind. Both weather and predators can wreak havoc on your coop, so build it with these tips in mind.  Hen coops plans have details of how to address both issues. Build the coop on a high area, or lifted off the ground, with ample drainage and locate it door facing the sun. In the event that it rains, this location will not only ensure that the coop does not get flooded, but that it dries quickly when the sun comes out. coop for 4 chickens  plansBuild your doors, windows and vents with proper strength mesh wire. This is one of the most common mistakes people make when building their coop and one that is clearly detailed in the plans. Proper strength ‘chicken wire’ is readily available either online or from a hardware store.  If you say what it is to be used for, most sellers will help you choose the right gauge wire.  Remember, the wire is not just there to keep the hens in, but more to keep the predators out.

These are just a few of many tips given alongside build plans in the Chicken Coop Plans Guide that will allow you to build the best chicken coop and provide real care for your hens.

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Portable Chicken Coop Plans

moveable hen coop wheelsMoveable, portable or mobile chicken coops have been around for ages and can offer some benefits over fixed hen coops.  Some farms have large hen houses that they drag from place to place with a tractor, but most people have much smaller 4 – 8 hen coops that they would want to move, and many of these have wheels built in to them.  The hen coops plans include different sizes using wheels from wheelbarrow to bicycle size so you can build the hen coop most suited to your needs.

mobile chicken coop for 6 chickensWhen you think of a mobile coop you should also think about whether the coop, the run or both need to be mobile.  If the run is nicely made and covered it can be moved and located whilst the hens are in the coop.  If the run is built under the coop then you need to move the whole thing in one go.  For the best care of your hens you need to plan any move and have helpers with you.

 

Benefits of a mobile coop include:

moveable garden hens coopAbility for the hens run area to recover as you move it from place to place.  Hens can decimate an area of run after a while, and having the ability to move to fresh pasture (new grass) will be a definite benefit for them.  Being able to turn a coop around to get the most light, dependant on the season, will also keep your birds happy and healthy.portable chicken coop

Mobile hen coops usually have more all-round access so cleaning and egg collection may be easier.  This is worth noting as a mobile hen coop may take a bit more building and more attention to the detailed plans than a fixed coop.  It will have to be built strongly to be able to handle any movement and require careful inspection after each move.

Downsides of a mobile coop include:

The hen coop must be securely tied to its location – you do not want it blowing over in the wind.  Tent pegs and guide ropes will usually suffice, but some coop plans use the weight of brick or other heavy items under the coop to hold it down.

You may need more than one person to help you safely move the coop.

Care must be taken at each move to ensure no frame parts have broken or chicken wire has come loose, potentially exposing your hens to injury or predators.

Hens do get stressed with moving;  not as much as changing a whole coop, but nevertheless you need to be aware of this and not move them too often.

 

Overall, mobile chicken coops can offer the easiest way to care for your chickens without having to decide upon a fixed location, whilst also providing your birds with fresh environment at each move.

 

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Chicken Coop Plans for 6 Chickens

If you need chicken coop plans for 6 chickens then you have already decided on a reasonable sized family hen coop.  There is a huge range of designs and plans that can be used to build your coop and I would suggested checking out the hen coops plans that contains loads of different ideas.

There are four main areas that you need to address, each being covered in the hen coops plans guide.  These are location, environment, ease of cleaning and easy collection of eggs.

Location

garden chicken coop for 6

Choosing the proper place for your chicken coop is vital. You need a location where they have sufficient room to move around when awake and a safe, secure room and where they sleep and lay protected. This gives rise to two areas needed for the chickens – the coop and the run.

If you have secure fencing in a smaller garden then you can let your chickens roam free, and they will return to the coop at night.  However this is rarely possible as predators such as foxes, cats, dogs, and the like need to be kept away so usually a fixed pen is made alongside the coop.

 

The coop itself can be placed against a wall, a fence, or in the open and the design and hen coops plans reflect a range of different layouts for your 6 chicken coop.  Whilst the coop must be safe and functional, it can also be stylish and fit in with your house design using color and choice of materials.  The chicken coops plans are there to give hints and tips or truly personalizing your coop.

 

Protection

tall chicken coopChickens have a lot of enemies. Cats, dogs, foxes, racoons, possums, coyotes, hawks to name a few.  The coop needs to be secure at night so that your hens do not worry; this means they lay better and are more healthy which is what you want.  If you have a moveable run then you may want to ensure that the base of it is secure from rodents.  Quality ‘chicken wire’ is a must but it is widely available and low cost from any hardware store. Remember, chickens are social animals and they like both their own company and that of humans.  Ensure that you let them have enough space to roam and interact with each other and you will have happy and healthy hens.  Many chicken coops are built off the ground so the nighttime safe area for your hens would be above the ground.  This allows you to double up utilizing the ground space as a run, and also allowing a walk-in size run and coop, making it easy to clean and care for.

Cleaning

Chickens coops do need to be regularly cleaned out, and this can often be done as a mix of emptying a tray or hosing out the coop (when the chickens are not in it!)  The 6 chicken coop plans and the larger coops plans start to build in certain cleaning designs that require less time to clean that the smaller coops.  Time spent choosing your plan will minimize your ongoing cleaning time. You will also want to choose a coop location which can be accessed easily by hose and also has adequate drainage.

Egg Collection

fresh chicken eggs

Depending on where you locate your coop, the egg collection area needs to be easily accessible and must be part of you design choice.  Fortunately the hen coops plans have a range of designs that allow you to have the collection area in a place that suits both you and the chickens.

 

A chicken coop for 6 chickens is an ideal family coop and will provide you and your family with free eggs for life as well as the enjoyment of seeing your birds stay healthy and prosper.  The hen coops plans have a range of 6 chicken designs that will get you set up with minimal outlay, saving you hundreds if not thousands of dollars on ready made coops.

 

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Chicken Coop Plans for 4 Chickens

If you need chicken coop plans for 4 chickens then you have already decided on a sensible starter-sized hen coop.  This may well be because you have less space or still unsure as to how affordable the coop and chickens can be.

coop for 4 chickens

With the smaller coop size, you have a wide range of hen coops plans that are both practical for your hens and stylish for you.

There are four main areas that you need to address, each being covered in the hen coops plans guide.  These are location, environment, ease of cleaning and easy collection of eggs.

Location

Choosing the proper place for your chicken coop is vital. You need a location where they have sufficient room to move around when awake and a safe, secure room and where they sleep and lay protected. This gives rise to two areas needed for the chickens – the coop and the run.

If you have secure fencing in a smaller garden then you can let your chickens roam free, and they will return to the coop at night.  However this is rarely possible as predators such as foxes, cats, dogs, and the like need to be kept away so usually a fixed pen is made alongside the coop

coop for 4 chickens plans

The coop itself can be placed against a wall, a fence, or in the open and the design and hen coops plans reflect a range of different layouts for your 4 chicken coop.  Whilst the coop must be safe and functional, it can also be stylish and fit in with your house design using color and choice of materials.  You should feel free to modify or enhance the plans as you want to; especially use colorful materials as the coops do not have to be plain wood all over.

 

Protection

Chickens have a lot of enemies. Cats, dogs, foxes, racoons, possums, coyotes, hawks to name a few.  The coop needs to be secure at night so that your hens do not worry; this means they lay better and are more healthy which is what you want.  If you have a moveable run then you may want to ensure that the base of it is secure from rodents.  Quality ‘chicken wire’ is a must but it is widely available and low cost from any hardware store.

Cleaning

Chickens coops do need to be regularly cleaned out, and this can often be done as a mix of emptying a tray or hosing out the coop (when the chickens are not in it!)  You will want to choose a coop location which can be accessed easily by hose and also has adequate drainage

Egg Collection

fresh chicken eggsDepending on where you locate your coop, the egg collection area needs to be easily accessible and must be part of you design choice.  Fortunately the hen coops plans have a range of designs that allow you to have the collection area in a place that suits both you and the chickens.

 

A chicken coop for 4 chickens is an ideal starter and will provide you and your family with free eggs for life as well as the enjoyment of seeing your birds prosper.  The hen coops plans have a range of 4 chicken coop designs that will get you set up with minimal outlay, saving you hundred of dollars on ready made coops.  Many can be built using reclaimed wood or even built from shipping palettes, and anyone who can use basic tools can build a good coop they can be proud of.

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Small Chicken Coop Plans

Small chicken coops plans are ideal for 2 to 4 chickens are a sensible size beginner or small garden hen coop.  The coops can be very simple in design, and assume that a lot of protection your birds will need from predators or weather will be provided in some part by the location the coop is placed in.  Some coops can be very elaborate and really are aimed at the ‘ornate’ end of chicken keeping.  The route to go down depends on your skills and choice of hen coops plans.

simple a frame coop

A frame chicken coop

 

 

 

 

 

A simple A-Frame coop can be a very goodstarting point, allowing both coop protection for the birds and a run space.  They can be extended easily (and cheaply) enough using readily available materials.  Make sure you follow the plans closely for inside the coop to ensure the correct nesting, laying and perching spaces.  Remembers, happy hens lay more eggs and maintain better health and I am sure this will be a priority for you.

dual ended A frame hen coop

You can be creative with A frame coops to provide both practicality and expansion capability.

 

 

There are still the four main areas that need to be covered in the hen coops plans guide.  These are location, environment, cleaning and collection of eggs.

Location

A small coop can be placed alongside a wall or fence, but will need to be able to get as much daylight as possible, as chickens thrive on being outdoors in the daylight.

Simple to build chicken coop

Many plans have the coop off the ground, so you can consider the hen house as a two story building with the run going underneath the coop.  This doubles the amount of space the hens can have for no increase in space used by the coop.

 

As the coop and run will most likely be small, you may well want to consider a mobile coop.  This will allow you to move it around the garden so the hens always have a regular supply of fresh run space.  It will also allow easy access for cleaning.

Protection

freerange happy hens

Chickens do have a lot of enemies. In smaller gardens you may find that cats, dogs and occasional hawks or kites need to be kept away from your chickens.  Chickens feel safe when behind wire or in the coop, and that is often why you see pictures of coops with cats sitting outside the run and the chickens ignoring it.  Do remember, that that only works if the cat (or other predator) is outside the coop.  You will want to make sure that all doors, vents and run netting is secure, and you should check it daily as a matter of course when feeding and watering your birds.

Letting your hens roam free in your garden may look lovely, but you need to be sure there are no predators around.

If you have a moveable coop then you will want to ensure that its base is secure to prevent predators trying to burrow in. Quality ‘chicken wire’ is a must but it is widely available and low cost from any hardware store.

Cleaning and Collection

fresh chicken eggsFortunately the smaller hen coops plans have a range of designs that allow you to have the collection and cleaning areas in a place that suits both you and the chickens.   Some allow you to completely remove the roof of the coop, so the smaller more dainty looking coops are just as practical as the bigger ones.

 

Ideally you want to allow as much space as possible for your hens, so although you may be looking for small coop plans please ensure enough space for the hens.  Given how easy it is to make the coop mobile, the hen coops plans will give you a wide choice of styles and designs that will let you build a coop at a fraction of the cost of a ready-made one.

I wish you every success in building your coop.

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