Building Chicken Coops in an Affordable Way
"Building chicken houses is a very involved process and you'll have to do some planning about this before you even get started. First and foremost, you'll have to consider the location of the houses. Where you locate these? First, what zone are the houses going to be located in? Check with your city to figure out if the lot you're thinking about using is a residential zone, a commercial zone, or an industrial zone. You'll also want to be wary of whether or not the zone you're in is a tax credit zone that carries explicit and special stipulations and requirements of the zone.
In building your houses, you'll have to figure out how many chickens you'll plan to keep in the next year, two years, three years... You'll have to plan for the future a bit. Not only think about how many you'll want to accommodate now, but how many do you think you'll NEED to accommodate next year?
Sustainability isn't just a fad, it's a style and approach; it's a philosophy of building most anything-not just chicken coops. You'll want to figure if you'll want to subscribe to one of the most basic tenants of sustainability: composting.
Composting is a serious ideological commitment. It's hard to go half way on this. One thing involved with composting and building your chicken coop is the issue of how much manure you want to use in your compost. To determine this you'll want to figure out what sort of nitrogen ratio and saturation level you'll want to achieve with your compost heap.
Composting is a great way to invest in the longevity of not only your chicken coop but your chickens as well. Your chickens will be healthier for it, if they can figure to reuse and recycle as much waste as they can.
Depending on the quantity of chickens that you'll want to keep you'll be limited to a certain number of building materials. You'll have to use steel for example if you want to house multiple chickens on multiple stories. You'll be able to get by with a largely wooden construction if your coop is less than 20, and isn't stacked as high.
Chicken manure is a huge issue, and you'll have to device this method of collecting and keeping the coop clean.
On sustainability and green concepts, it's important to note that the free range sort of living situation for chickens is growing in popularity. The science is beginning to back up what ideologues were largely guessing about when it comes to free range: that is, free range is a lot healthier for chickens. Free range is a great way to go if you have the space. It's true you can't exactly stack chickens on a free range. And a free range is a bit harder to maintain, but if you do have the space, the meats produced by free range chickens are said to be a lot juicier, a lot purer."