Functionality should be a prime consideration for your chicken pen plans/designs and chicken run plans/chicken run designs.
Fencing for your DIY chicken coop plans can usually be purchased at your local hardware store. A frame chicken coop requires sturdy solid support for your chicken hutch, probably four by four support posts.
Chicken Runs protect your flock from predators. Weasels, coyotes, cougars, raccoons, fisher cats rats, bob cats, feral cats and even local dogs will raid chicken coops for a free meal.
Your first decision is where will you put your chicken runs and coops. if your chicken coop designs include more than one chicken pens consider your neighbors. Considering chicken housing when building a chicken run, size matters. You must consider the number of chickens in your chicken pens, chicken cages, chicken huts and chicken hutch.
Will large chicken coops or a small chicken coop meet your need.
Proper drainage should be included in your DIY chicken coop plans.
When considering how to build a chicken run your chicken run designs may include secure attachment of your chicken runs to your chicken coops. Consideration should be given to the color of your chicken pens paint or stain.
When building a chicken run consider a portable chicken pen with wheels for mobility. Perhaps a cover over your portable chicken pen against the elements.
If you are building a backyard chicken coop your chicken house plans should include the following chicken coop house designs and chicken run designs.
Your chicken pen plans/designs must include a chicken runs. Chicken run plans and chicken run designs must meet the needs of your hen houses laying hens.
Building a chicken coop include in your chicken coop house designs quality wood. Building a chicken coop with scraps, bits and bobs of wood around the house provides opportunity for cats, dogs, foxes, weasels, muskrats, raccoons, rats, coyotes, hawks, falcons and other varmint to enter your chicken huts and ravage your flock. Seal off all holes in you chicken hutch with wood or chicken wire.
Chicken coop plans must include consideration for bad weather. Consider insulating your chicken coops against freezing cold and winds. Your chicken coop house designs must include plastic insulation in your hen houses against rain, sleet and snow.
You may consider in your chicken run plans wrapping your chicken pens or a portion of your chicken pens, in strong plastic for the winter. This allows your chickens some access to your chicken runs in inclement weather.
Whether you are building a chicken coop that is permanent, a portable chicken pen, building a chicken run or a new hen houses, it is best to consider your neighbors and neighborhood. Well-planned chicken runs and coops add value to your property and maintain happy neighbors.
Consider your backyard chicken coop and how your chicken house plans compliment your home and neighborhood. When considering your chicken house plans, match the hen houses to the siding and/or paint to your home.
Your chicken coop ideas might include matching your chicken huts to the bricks on your home with paint and imagination. A frame chicken coop may be trimmed with wood to match your house. Chicken pens and chicken run designs should have post to match the hen houses.
Part of your DYI chicken coop plans for your chicken house plans and chicken coops and runs and chicken cages may be to camouflage you chicken housing using hedges, and proper size bushes. Your chicken coop ideas must avoid surrounding your chicken coops and runs with foliage that will invade and destroy your small chicken coop or large chicken coops.
With chicken coops, a chicken hutch, chicken pens and chicken houses and runs comes chicken manure and smell. Whether your food for chickens is organic chicken food, or regular proven chickens food always read the chicken food ingredients on the packaging.
Hen houses must provide the laying hen with security and comfort in the form of bedding. Chicken housing must include food and water and perches.