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Building A Poultry Enclosure On A Budget



If you’re building a poultry house enclosure and are trying to stick with a firm budget, there are a variety of different things that you should keep in mind in order to have maximum success with this project.
 Many chicken farmers spend far more money then they really have to trying to build their chicken coop and with a few simple adjustments they could have saved hundreds of dollars at least.
 Here are the main points to know about building a poultry house enclosure on a budget.

 Choose The Best Land Before Building
 The first thing you should be doing before building a poultry house enclosure is taking a good look at the land you have available to build on. In most cases, you would be required to do some landscaping before building.
 This is due to the fact that building a poultry house enclosure on ground that wasn’t firm and level would significantly decrease the stabilization, especially as time progressed, and that could in turn make it much more likely that rebuilding needs to take place.
 If you choose to hire in help to do this landscaping, expect to pay big dollars because it can get quite pricey.
 The second option is to just do it yourself, but even still, this will take time and could still cost you a small amount of money.
 Therefore, the best option is to just survey the entire land you have available and locate the place where no landscaping will be necessary.  You may need to look hard for this, but once you find it you’ll be happy you did.

 Add Properly Placed Windows That Allow For Ventilation
 The second thing you should take into account to help save yourself money is making sure you place the windows properly in the chicken coop.  Windows are going to be the primary light source that the chickens have unless you plan to wire in electrical light – which is very expensive.
 Also, windows will serve for ventilation purposes, which is another important aspect for helping your chickens maintain good health.  By making sure the windows are stationed well and also allow for ventilation, you essentially kill two birds with one stone – and save yourself money in the process.

 Build A Smaller Sized Poultry House
 Finally, the third way to save money while building a poultry enclosure is to choose to build a smaller size.  Obviously the smaller you build, the fewer building materials you will need, which is often where you incur the highest amount of costs.
 Unless you’re planning on selling the eggs commercially, often two to three chickens will be plenty to give you more than enough eggs that you need each day, provided you are building the coop well.
 There’s no need to build bigger unless you absolutely have to as this will not only increase your building costs from the start, but could also make them higher down the road as well with upkeep.
 So be sure you keep these points in mind. 

Hen House Plans – How To Choose One Properly

There are a wide variety of hen house plans available right now that you may feel overwhelmed in choosing which one will be most appropriate for you.  This isn’t surprising because of the fact that most people don’t understand the process of building a chicken coop, therefore to them all the hen house plans may even look the same.


They are not the same however and if you’re not choosing the correct hen house plan, the chances that you have success with the building process will be much lower.
Here is what you need to know in order to choose the correct plan for you.

The Number of Chickens You Plan To Keep
The first thing you’ll want to think about is the total number of chickens you plan to keep in your chicken coop.  The hen house plans you’re looking at should differentiate between small, medium, and large sized plans.  Matching the correct size to the total number of chickens you want to keep will help make sure they’re happy in their surroundings are will be laying eggs properly.
If you’re not sure exactly how big you should be building, always go larger than you think you’ll need.

The Type Of Land Available To You
Next, also consider the type of land that you have available to you.  Are you going to have to landscape? If so, you’ll want to make sure you’re looking for hen house plans that give information on proper landscaping techniques so you can do this correctly.
Also think about how firm the ground is. If it’s not very firm at all, you will likely want to consider a more solid base structure on top of the land to prevent the walls from shifting over time.


The Climate You’re Located In
The third factor to think about before you dive right into the building process is the climate you are located in.  If you’re getting a wide variety of weather patterns, you’re going to want to think a great deal harder about the amount and type of insulation you use in your chicken coop.
It’s important that the hen house plans you’re looking at identify methods that you can use to help maintain proper temperature over time because if it’s either too hot or too cold in the house there is a very high chance that you’re going to run into some problems.

Whether You Want Your Chicken Coop To Be Mobile
Finally, consider whether or not you want to build a mobile chicken coop. These are increasingly popular among many people, especially those who also want to keep their chickens as pets as well.
There are many advantages to a mobile chicken coop so it is something you should give some consideration at least.
By taking some time to look through various hen house plans you can take a big step towards making sure you’re choosing one that best matches your own individual needs.

"My chickens are happy with their new home..."


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"If you are considering keeping chickens in your back yard, you must read this book..."


...If you are considering keeping chickens in your back yard, you must read this book. Whether you have a tiny courtyard or acres to play with, Keene’s advice will stand you in good stead and help you build the right chicken coop. The focus of the book is on being well-prepared for your flock before they even arrive. Keene ensures that you consider every issue before you spend a cent on birds, feed or equipment. He discusses which species is appropriate for your garden, what they should eat and, as the title suggests, how you should house them. Anyone with basic do-it-yourself tools and a patch of land could follow his instructions. The drawings and diagrams are easy to interpret and the lists of materials and tools needed are very helpful. Keene also appreciates that the value of using recycled materials in your chicken coop – cheap and environmentally friendly. Keene encourages responsible husbandry – his reminder of tasks to be completed weekly, monthly and sixth monthly should be replicated onto the calendar of any careful poultry keeper. The level of detail is just right, from a list of the color of the egg you might expect from you hen to a description of healthy hen’s poop! If you follow his tips, your happy hens will be very productive. Next we need a cookbook for ideas to use up all the spare eggs…

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