If you want to start a backyard chicken farm, chicken coop kits are a great way to start if you are not comfortable in building your own coop from scratch. There are a lot of kits available in the market depending on size, style, color or designs. Therefore, starting your own backyard chicken farm is as easy as the hen laying its eggs.
Most chicken coop kits for sale online come with complete set of wood cut into specs, all the hardware needed as well as a set of plans. Some would even add a paintbrush if the owner would like to paint his coop to make it look more attractive. It is always advisable to fully check the kit to ensure that it is complete.
If there is a missing part or if the kit is defective then be sure to return it. Make sure that any chicken coop kits you bought have the highest quality materials otherwise it might fall down easily and kill your chickens.
Choosing the right chicken coop kits and setting up
· Choose a coop kit size appropriate for your chickens. There are different sizes of coop kits available in the market. If you have small a number of chickens and you are not planning to expand it, then a small coop is applicable. A standard 4×4 coop will house 3-4 standard hens comfortably. However, if you have a big number of chickens, a bigger coop is needed to house all of them comfortably. Remember, each adult chicken needs 4 square feet of free space, thus a 4×4 coop provides 16 square feet of space for 4 chickens.
· Chickens need to run around and exercise as well as to get some fresh air. They also love to scratch around. Therefore, a chicken run is important. There are some coops that provide a chicken run attached to it. Most of the time, it is included in the coop but you can also buy it separately.You can also do it yourself by adding simple wood frame and some good gauge wire.
· The type of wood used is also important. Make sure that the chicken coop wood will not easily rot or easily be eaten by termites. Find a good chicken coop material that can withstand the heat, the rain, even the cold weather. Also, find a good wood that has been treated to prevent termites or prevent it from rotting.
· Use necessary precautions in protecting your chicken against predators such as dogs, raccoons and others. Use a heavy duty wire instead of chicken wire because weaker wire can easily be pushed through or torn apart.
· Find a suitable place to install your coop. Unless you order a mobile chicken coop, the location of such will play a crucial role in building up your chicken farm. Choose the location that can provide protection to your chickens against the elements as well as from any predators in your area.