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How to Start Building Chicken Coops

Building chicken coops can be as simple or as difficult as you want it to be. People build coops for both private use and for profit. Because they can be so simple to build, many people build and sell coops as a business or just to make some extra cash. In order to successfully construct a home for chickens, there are a few steps that must be fulfilled. By following these steps, almost anyone can build one of these structures for their own use or even to sell to other people.

The first step when building chicken coops is to decide what type of building you are going to construct. This basic knowledge is needed before anything else so that you can prepare for your upcoming project. If you already have an idea of what you want to build, then you can move right to the next step.

The next step in building chicken coops is to have a plan. Not just a plan as in an idea of what you are going to do, but an actual blueprint of your future structure. Blueprints for chicken coops are a necessary item for any builder. Having a quality plan to follow will make your job easier. These plans not only instruct you on how to build the actual coop, but also what materials you will need for your project.

Once you know what materials you need, you will need to purchase or find these materials to begin building chicken coops. You can go about gathering your materials for this project in a few ways. The most common way is to visit your local hardware store. Hardware stores tend to be one-stop shopping for most of your project needs. If you are building chicken coops on a budget, you can also find the needed material cheaper from other people. Many times people will have scrap materials that they are selling cheap, or even giving away. No matter how you go about it, you will need to gather all the necessary materials prior to building.

Now that you know what you are building and have the materials needed for your project, it is time to pick a location and get started. Picking a location prior to building chicken coops is very important if the coop is going to be stationary. A stationary coop cannot be moved once it has been built. At least it cannot be moved easily. When picking a location for your birds’ new home you will need to take into account the land and surrounding areas. You will want it to be as level as possible. It is also better not to have the coop placed in direct sun. If it is placed in direct sun, there is the risk that the coop will get too hot during the warm months.

At this point, all you have to do is actually begin building chicken coops. Of course, if you are planning to sell your structures, you will need to figure out how much time and money you spent on each one. Once you have those numbers, you can figure out how much you want to charge for your coops. If you are not looking to turn a profit, it is now time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and let your chickens enjoy their new home.