Chicken Coop Construction Guideline
How to build a cheap chicken coop
Building a backyard chicken coop will be one of the best investments you'll ever make. Not only will you have a self sustained miniature-farm that produces fresh organic eggs every day, recycles your food scraps and provides high quality fertilizer, but you'll be proud to know that you made something with your own two hands.
Also, building your own chicken coop just makes economical sense. You can build a chicken coop at just a fraction of the cost of buying a pre-built one. Most pre-built chicken coops you buy need to be assembled anyway, you're really just paying hugely inflated prices for the material.
Unfortunately, building your own chicken coop is not as easy as hammering some wood and wire mesh together. You need to take into account materials, insulation, ventilation, lighting, positioning, nesting, perches, litter collection and protection from the elements and other animals.
I've revealed an excellent guide that can show you how to build a cheap chicken coop .It doesn't matter if your a master carpenter or a total beginner, If you require a big or small coop, or if you have a small or big budget.
So first thing take a look at this excellent guide that will show you,easely
step by step how to build a chicken coop with your own two hands.
Now that you have your guide to show you how to build a cheap chicken coop,
You are ready to buy your construction materials and supplies. To save on expenses, it is recommended that you shop for your chicken coop building supplies from second hand shops. You never know the kind of bargain you will be able to find in these shops.
Check the chicken coop plan you have chosen and copy the list of materials of the plan. If you will have less than 4 chickens in the coop, the size of the coop is sufficient but for future expansion purposes and to preclude building another coop after a year or two, it may be best to double (or triple) the original size of the chicken coop.
Make sure that all of the basics are taken cared of before you buy a single piece of lumber.
If you took our advice to use used lumber in building your chicken coop, then one of the problems you'll face is getting them all in the same lengths - don't worry, you can always cut them to size but bear in mind that the shortest piece you should get should also be the dimensions of the smallest piece in the chicken coop plan that you have chosen to avoid unnecessary joints.
In choosing your lumber pieces, make sure that they are:
1. Choose wood that are bigger or longer than the actual dimensions specified (you need to sand them clean yet) which means they'll become a little bit smaller.
2. Choose lumber that you can cut in half to make two equal pieces of the same length.
3. Don't worry about the cracks in the wood, the age of the wood guarantees that they are dry and will not split.
4. Buy as much as you need that are available in the second hand shop, you'll discover what a bargain (not to mention fun) it is to build your backyard
Now the real fun begins!
Don't forget your notes, chicken coop plan, measuring tape, sander, power saw, work bench, face mask and leather gloves. It pays to be safe whenever you work with tools - electric or not!
Once you have your plan and your materials you can start to build your backyard chicken coop. Follow your plan details and make sure that everything is secure.
It's not difficult to build a chicken coop although it may take a long time if you have not done any carpentry work in a long time but it is definitely exciting and fun, especially when the chicken coop begins to take shape!
Clean all the pieces of wood that you will use making doubly sure that there are no more nails on them.
If necessary, sand them down with your electric sander so you will have a smooth surface for all the wood you will use.
Cut them to size based on the dimensions provided on your chicken coop plan details.
Join the bottom frames first, then the side frames and supporting frames.
In assembling the frames, use wood glue to hold them in place where they are to be joined and drill very small pilot holes for the nails. Drilling pilot holes ensures that the nails go in straight.
Better yet, use a miter joint or end lap joint as shown in the figures below. These are the two most common joints you need to use in building your chicken coop to ensure stability and sturdiness of your project.
Miter Joint End Lap Joint
When increasing the size or dimensions of your chicken coop, make sure that you double the length of the wood supports and the size.
For example, from a 25mm x 25mm x 2m wood, increase it to 50mm x 50mm x 3m to ensure that the frame is strong and sturdy!
The windows and doors should be the last ones you should work on.
As soon as everything is finished, do a once-over inspection and plug all seams and joints with insulation material to prevent cold air from entering your flock's new house.
That's it ! I hope the article helped you. I wish you a quick construction, cheaper and a lot of satisfaction and fresh eggs. yaniv
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