In the United States, there are two things about our food that are regularly increasing: the price and the awareness that what we are eating probably isn’t healthy. Many people have decided to tackle a small aspect of both issues by raising their own chickens. Having chickens not only ensures that you know exactly what is going into your body (free range, anyone?), it also can provide a small income to cover the cost of feed (depending on how many birds your have and how much you want to “share” what they produce).
But once you decide that raising chickens is the best choice for you, that leaves the problem of where the birds are going to live. Lucky for you, Bennett Buildings of North Carolina has a lot of experience in storage buildings and sheds, which includes the type of building you would need for a chicken coop.
So instead of building a home for your hens from scratch, follow these tips on how to convert an existing shed into a coop:
1. Screen Doors & Windows. Add a screen on top of the existing door and to any windows that the shed might have. Hens need lots of fresh air; just make sure that both the doors and windows are strong enough to keep out any predators.
2. Shelves. Your hens will need somewhere to roost, so simply add shelves to the inside of your shed. Divide the shelves into sections for roosting spaces (as a visual image: each space should be about the size of your child’s cubby space for their backpack school). Make sure that each space also has a ramp leading up to it from the ground so that your chickens can easily get up and down.
Also, be sure to think about clean up while you are installing these additions to your shed. Keeping hay inside each cubby space will help clean-up, but chickens are messy and they do what they want, when they want, where ever they want. It helps if you think about where you DON’T want them to go before you start.
3. Storage. If you have enough space in your shed, consider adding a side room or even a cabinet to store feed and equipment. If your available square feet is on the smaller side, keeping a sealed container for supplies below the roosting shelves is a good alternative. For tools that can be hung up, add some hooks next the the door so you easily reach them when you enter.
If these chicken coop basics have piqued your interest, call us today at 910-779-0293 or stop by our lot in Fayetteville! Whatever you are looking for, we would love to help you find what you need!