For many individuals the dream of becoming a full-time farmer is common. Unfortunately, the western world is becoming more urbanized and land is getting more and more expensive. Full-time farming opportunities are becoming less common than they have ever been in the history of the world.
If it is your dream to live off the land, raise animals and be self sustainable, you do not have to give that dream up just because you live in a more urban setting. One of the best ways that you can live out your farming dream is to raise chickens.
If you want to wake up every morning to fresh eggs, fresh chicken during holidays and the pride of being somewhat self sustaining, then learning to build a chicken coop and raising chickens is just right for you.
This article will provide a few quick tips to building your first chicken coop. After reading this article you will have a better understanding of what it might be like to construct a hen house and raise a flock of chickens.
Tip # 1 – Selecting The Breed Of Chicken
It may seem a little returns but the truth of the matter is that before you lay your first brick, you must determine what type of chicken you are planning on raising.
Some chicken breeds require vast spaces to roam. We often refer to these chickens as free range type birds. These free range birds will have a huge impact on what type of hen house you build.
For example, with free range birds you can actually create a smaller chicken coop in order to free up more space in your backyard or on your property for the chickens to roam. If you have selected a free range chicken breed you will want to provide plenty of perching opportunities within the hen house so that these birds can do what they love most: perching!
Tip # 2 – Determine Your Budget
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. I highly recommend that you spend the time to sit down and determine your budget, both for your chickens and for your chicken coop. The worst feeling in the world is almost finishing a project like this.
If you are on a limited budget, you can still build a very nice chicken coop by simply using recycled materials instead of brand new ones. Recycled hen houses are fantastic additions to anyone's backyard, especially if you live in an environmentally conscious city.
By following these simple tips, you can get yourself ready to have the best chicken coop on the block. I recommend that you pick up some “how to raise chickens” books from the public library. You might be surprised as to how much information there is out there.