Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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. 

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