Chicken Coop Kits – 5 Tips to Consider
Chicken coop kits can make short work of setting up a coop and getting started raising chickens. Since these kits are available in a variety of sizes and types, you need to know what you want and, more importantly, what you can afford. Consider these things when you are building your chicken coop.
1. Define your budget
How much are you able to spend? Do your research and include every aspect of starting a chicken coop from buying one or two chicken coop kits (depending on your layout and how many chickens you will start with) to purchasing your chickens to care of the birds.
Raising chickens is a rewarding experience, and fairly inexpensive, especially when you look at the returns – fresh eggs. However, it can get costly if you don’t properly plan for your start up and dive headlong into a project you are ill prepared to tackle.
2. Decide on the space
You probably already have a space staked out for your chicken coop. If not, now is the time to start looking. Find a space, measure it and make sure that your coop will fit inside of it. You will want your coop far away from your house that you won’t be bothered by the smell or the noise, but close enough that it can be a deterrent for predators. It is a good idea to have it where you can look out of a window and have clear sight of the coop.
3. Don’t rush it
Chicken coop kits are pretty straightforward, but if you aren’t accustomed to putting things together then take your time. Don’t rush this project and definitely do not skimp on things like a solid floor or proper venting. Cutting corners to save time or money will only cost you dearly in the long run. Take your time, plan and research and work on it at a steady pace. You want it right, not cheap and fast.
4. Know when to ask for help
If you get to a point where you are stuck or you are unsure, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you have never assembled chicken coop kits before, it can be a little daunting. Read the directions and take your time, but if you find that you are just getting more and more frustrated and still getting nowhere, it may be time to pick up the phone and call customer service or reach out to someone to give you a hand.
5. Choose your chicken coop kit
Choosing chicken coop kits is the fun part of all this, well, next to actually getting your chickens and getting eggs. Think about how many chickens you plan to have. And remember the part here about choosing your space? Well now is the time to haul out those measurements and make sure that your coop will fit in the space you have designated.
Raising chickens is fun, educational and economical. All it takes is a little effort and some organization and you will be cooking those fresh eggs in no time.