How to build a chicken house for 12 chickens?

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  • SandyG SandyG on Dec 17, 2017
    Hope this gives you some ideas. Click on the links below.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Dec 17, 2017
    There's lots of U-tube videos on different designs.

    You will have to decide if you want a chicken tractor; if you want them enclosed all day in a fenced area or to roam loose. Do you have hawks and other critters that would necessitate an enclosed run? How cold is it in your area? Will they need heat and heated water? - that would necessitate electricity. Lots of decisions go into building a chicken house.

    Otherwise, you can just clear out an old shed, build some nesting boxes for them inside and have a flap door with ramp on the outside. Chickens are very adaptable.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Dec 17, 2017
    If it were me, I'd build a large sized dog house and make the roof to open on hinges on one side to get the eggs out, saving you going in. Make the nests close to the roof so you can open it, prop it, gather eggs, and close it and lock it again (to keep out predators from doing same). Also build a door that can be closed on the front to lock them in at night and put in some dowel rods or large branches or straight trees with no limbs for the roosting. In our part of the NW we also include a way to put in a bulb in winter to keep them from freezing. Just some ideas we have had from our experience of raising chickens.

  • Dana Mason Dana Mason on Jan 01, 2018
    Our first chicken house was a dog lot covered with chicken wire (around the sides and across the top since we have hawks that prey on chickens). The house itself was a glorified dog house with a nesting box on one end, the top is hinged, and a window with operational shutters on the front. This was added on to with an additional dog lot when we wanted our girls to have more room (there were only 3 then).
    Our new lot (which houses 20 chickens) is a metal carport, enclosed on three sides (bought off of a friend for cheap). the front has a walk-in area for us to store the feed in an old freezer and the door to the coop and the whole front is covered in chicken wire. Faces South for sun in the front half and is always shaded in the back. We even have a swing for our girls with several perches and nesting boxes (and heat lamp). One area inside is sectioned off to raise diddles in in the spring.