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Free Hen House Plans

April 26, 2010 by Scott  
Filed under Chicken Coop Plans

Are you looking for free hen house plans?

free chicken coop plansIf this is your first time raising chickens, then you are probably on a tight budget and have many questions that need answering, from how to care for your flock to the best type of chickens to raise. But there are many questions that people don’t think to ask and something as simple as using the wrong set of hen house plans can be the difference between it being a great experience and a total nightmare.

Most people choose to rear hens to supplement their grocery bill and to have a great supply of fresh eggs that are not only tasty but healthy for the whole family. By raising hens and farming your own eggs you are also doing your bit for the environment. I also bet that, like most new chicken farmers, you don’t want, or don’t have, a huge budget for this project.

If this sounds like you then you are probably looking for free hen house plans. That’s fair enough – by looking for hen house plans at all means you have taken the first important step.

Having a plan or a blueprint for your chicken coop is very important because it will guide you through your project. And there are many free hen house plans on the internet and in books. In fact there are so many that it would be easy to become overwhelmed by all the choices available, so how do you choose the one that is right for you?

The first thing to do is to assess your family’s needs and look at each plan individually, only keeping those that meet your needs. But if you haven’t done this before how will you know what you will need?

There are a few elements that you will have to look at.

  1. Decide how many chickens you want to raise. If you are going to have more than six chickens then you are going to need to look at medium or large sized hen house plans. Any less than this then a small chicken coop is fine.
  2. What the climate is like where you live. If the weather is unpredictable you need to chose hen house plans that have good weather protection so that the chickens will stay safe and warm.
  3. Easy to clean and maintain. You also will need to make sure that the hen house plans that you look at have a layout that allows for easy cleaning and maintenance. This is very important not only for for the health and well being of your chooks, but also for your comfort. This is an essential part of caring for chickens as the overwhelming smell that can come from a badly maintained coop is very hazardous to the health of both the chickens and humans.

You also should keep in mind your intentions and a budget for raising your hens. If you want them as a hobby or as pets, and only need them to deliver a few eggs a day then you won’t need a massive barn-like coop. But if you really want them to concentrate on egg production, you will need loads of accessories like nesting boxes, roosts sand baths and so on, so make sure you choose hen house plans that provide for your needs, that will be easy to maintain and that will fit within your budget.

If you keep all of these things in mind, you should be getting a much clearer idea on the sort of coop you need and you can start really browsing the hen house plans that are available. Once you have chosen a plan, then the fun really starts!

Fortunately there are a great selection of hen house plans that contain all the essentials and with easy peasy step by step instructions. This makes building your own fantastic chicken coop a breeze – In fact I bet it even makes your neighbors jealous and your eggs taste better! http://www.henhouseplansonline.com

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