Advice for chicken coop construction
January 7, 2013 7:00 AM Subscribe
Can you help me, a complete carpentry novice, build a heated chicken coop?
posted by torisaur to Pets & Animals (6 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I am fortunate enough to live in a city where backyard chickens are legal (Guelph, ON) and in a neighbourhood where they're actually surprisingly common. I would like to get in on the delicious, happy-hen-produced egg experience.
I have done a fair bit of research already, so I know about the amount of space they need and tractors vs. stationary coops and all that. I would ideally like to build my own stationary coop and run for 4 - 6 hens, but it gets a bit complicated when I consider:
- the coop should maybe be heated since it can get quite cold at night time in the winter. However, not all the coops in my neighbourhood seem to be heated, so maybe the birds just huddle together to keep warm?
- I do not have an outdoor electrical outlet in my back yard
- I have virtually no experience building things. My dad is a competent handyman/carpenter but he lives nearly 2 hours away. As a result of watching him while growing up, I have a basic knowledge of how most tools work, but no real experience with them.
- There are like 100 000 plans for chicken coops online and I don't know where to start or how to find a simple one that fits what I need. I don't mind paying for plans, of course.
So, is this impossible? Can you direct me to some simple plans or offer some advice re: heating the coop safely?