Chicken Nesting Boxes

Chicken Nesting Boxes
When building your coop, you will also want to include chicken nesting boxes for all those tasty eggs you will be collecting.  Here is a quick faq to hopefully answer the most common questions new chicken owners have...

How many nesting boxes will I need?

Many beginners think they need to have a box for each chicken they own.  However, you actually only need one for every three to four birds.

What size should I make the nesting boxes?

A good size for average breeds is 12" x 12" x 8".  You may want to make it smaller if you are raising bantams, or larger for bigger breeds.  However, as long as you make the box slightly bigger than the anticipated size of your mature chickens, they will be more than happy.

What materials should I use to build the boxes? [Read more...]

My Favorite Chicken Coop Building Plans

A good set of chicken coop building plans will save you a lot of hassles.  Surprisingly, they are not that expensive either.  The plans I recommend here cost about thirty dollars, a modest investment considering how much they will probably save you in the long run.

Before I chit chat any more, here are the ones I recommend...

Downloadable Chicken Coop PlansThe one great thing about these is that you don't have to wait around for them.  They are downloadable, which means they could be in your hands within the next five minutes.  Ten minutes from now, you could be getting in your truck with a complete list of materials, driving to a nearby lumber store.  And by the end of this weekend, you could have a brand new, handmade chicken coop sitting in your backyard.  That's the beauty of the internet.  I don't know how it works - I just know it does! [Read more...]

Chicken Coop Kits

If you live in a rural area, there's a good chance that either a nearby store or farmer sells do it yourself chicken coop kits.  To find a supplier, it may take some calling around to local farm equipment dealers, feed suppliers, and even veterinarians specializing in livestock care.

If your search is not successful, you may be able to track one down online.  We found a few good sources:

Not to henpack or anything, but one major disadvantage to purchasing online is that you end up spending quite a bit of money to pay for shipping and handling.  After all, chicken coops are not a lightweight little bundle that the UPS man can just plop on your front porch.  Even if the vendor claims to provide "free shipping", you can bet your bottom dollar these costs are added into the price.

A good alternative is to build one from scratch.  If you can get your hands on a good set of chicken coop plans, you may be surprised at what you can build in a weekend.  The best plans come with detailed blueprints and material lists, and although you will have to cut your own lumber, there really is not much additional effort involved.

As always, if you find any other good sources of chicken coop kits, we would love to hear about them.  Just leave a quick comment below...