The planning aspect is vital in building a chicken coop. This is the part where you determine the materials you will need, the budget you will need and the design of your coop. One has to carefully plan for these things in order to successfully build the house for your chickens.
Choosing the design of your chicken coop is as crucial. Since what you will be creating is a house for your chickens, you should make sure that it will be a safe and comfortable one for them. Otherwise, they can just escape unnoticed or predators will gain entry to their home. So it’s of utmost importance that you build a chicken coop that will keep cats, dogs, hawks and snakes away from the birds as well as their chicks and their eggs.
The materials available today for this kind of project are plenty. You can use wood, PVC pipes, tarpaulin and even converted old and unused campers. For wood, you don’t actually have to buy new ones that can cost you so much as there are some second hand stores from where you can buy cheap lumber. But if you don’t want to use wood to free yourself from the trouble of nailing and hammering, your next option is to use the PVC pipes.
PVC pipes are cheaper to use and easy to work with. All you have to do is to connect them using the right materials or the so-called fittings. If you don’t want to be burdened by cutting the pipes, then all you need is to get the proper measurements before you order.
These pipes come in various sizes based on their diameter – one-half inch, three-fourth, one inch, 1 ¼, 1 ½ and 2 inches. You will also need fittings to be able to complete your work. These include the elbow, the 90 and 45 degree bends which can be two-way, three-way, four-way or five-way, long sweep, male and female adapters, the wyes and the tees that help you connect one pipe with another especially for the corner parts.
PVC pipes are ideal for the open type of chicken coop. The pipes will serve as your main frame and then you can use aluminum screen combined with chicken wire for the covering. If you wish to build a closed type, you can use tarpaulin as covering.
Your first goal is to measure the width and length of the floor space. If you have several chickens, make sure that you provide sufficient space for them to move around. After the floor space, you have to measure the height of the coop you want. If you have a spacious backyard, you can create one as tall as you are so you can freely move inside while feeding and checking your birds. You can also make perches using smaller pipes. For the covering, you can use the same measurement as the floor space and add the height as well.
When installing, the best way to ensure a strong frame for your coop is to bury the pipes under the ground. From there, you can connect the rest of the pipes.
Source by Gloria Smith