A wonderful idea to try is to build a chicken coop. Chicken are less demanding to take care of when reared in small numbers. However, before considering this idea, be sure to confirm with your local city council if chickens are allowed in your city. If your area is a bit rural, they are most likely allowed.
Creating that country feeling in your backyard.
What to consider before building
While every coop varies according to the owner and available space, most share similar characteristics. I have listed two among others.
Save yourself remodeling time in the future by ensuring your birds have enough space to move around and spread their wings. Various health issues such as cannibalism and egg-eating should be considered when allocating space. Layers chicken and broiler chicken have different requirements depending on which you want to raise.
2. Proper insulation
Weather varies according to various seasons. Unless you want to keep these birds in spring alone, save yourself heating costs and build a well insulated coop. This will also go a long way in keeping your birds comfortable.
How to build a coop
Here are steps that you can follow to come up with your own coop;
1. Size and location
Chicken are prone to squabbling when packed tightly together. 2-3 square feet on the inside and 4-5 square feet in the run are recommended per bird. Also, locate your coop in a place that can readily provide shade when needed.
2. Build a frame
Natural rot-resistant lumber is a highly recommended material for your coop. Other treated kinds of lumber can be harmful to the health of your chicken. The conventional way of building is to begin with a rectangular frame and add other components as you go. An open air run should be covered with chicken mesh wire to keep predators at bay.
3. Outfit the interior
A thick layer of straw on the ground is good for absorbing chicken droppings and moisture/rain water. Interior essentials include a roosting bar, nest boxes, watering devices and feeders and an optional incandescent bulb
4. Finish the exterior
Add a roof and walls to your coop. Weather proof material like tin is excellent for roofing. Important points to look out for when finishing are ventilation and access points. Make it easy to clean and collect eggs if you have egg laying birds.
Having an idea is one thing, sharing it is another. Successful companies like apple began in garages. You may find yourself a neighborhood guru that formed a prosperous back yard chicken-raring society.