Finding free chicken coop blueprints isn't as challenging as one might think. They are readily available on the Internet, from feed companies and at farmers'co-ops. The trick isn't in finding them but in choosing, from among those available, the one that best suits your purpose. After you find the perfect set of plans, you can begin to learn how to build a chicken coop.
The first consideration is how many chickens do you plan to raise? If you're going into serious chicken farming, and plan to raise thousands of the birds, you need a chicken barn, designed for maximum efficiency in terms of waste disposal, cleaning and sterilizing, and an area for hatching, as well as roosts, nests, and range space.
Assuming we are looking for chicken coop or house plans, and not barn plans, the best way to get blue prints that will suit your purpose is first to determine what your requirements are. Will you raise 100 chicks to adulthood, butcher or sell the young roosters and nurture the hens for eggs? Or are you looking for a family supply of maybe six eggs a day? The number of chickens and their purpose will determine how many roosts and nests you need.
The following information will lead you to the right plans so you can learn how to build a chicken coop.
Roosting bars-your plans should have enough well-spaced bars to allow each roosting bird space to spread his wings.
Nests-you will need a shelf nest for each laying hen, and a few extra, in case your flock grows or you need to sterilize a nest or two so be sure to check for this in the house plans you select.
Ease of cleaning- Bedding must be replaced frequently, and floors must be swept or raked daily to prevent illness in the flock. Plan for your comfort while cleaning.
Feeding and watering-chickens aren't particular where their droppings land, and food and water dishes are often recipients. Make sure you allow for the greatest part of dishes to be outside the enclosure, to minimize contamination and maximize cleaning ease.
Ventilation-All animals do best with plenty of fresh, clean air. Additionally, in warm weather, chicken droppings dry quickly and break up into fine dust that floats in the air. Make sure your chicken coop plans allow good cross-ventilation. You don't want to breathe chicken dust while you clean the coop.
It isn't hard to find free chicken coop blue prints. It's most important to find the right ones for you so you can begin building today.