Friday, September 30, 2011

Materials Used in Chicken Runs and Coops

Filed under chicken runs. There are methods for building chicken coops that will do the job intended and help you build chicken coops fast. It is important to get it right so you can have happy backyard chooks from the start that won’t go off laying eggs for months at a time.

Chicken runs and coops can be thought of in two parts, one part the materials and design, or two the social make up and habits. I will review some material variations with some tips and recommendations for the new and seasoned chicken ranchers.

Basic Materials

Most chicken runs and coops are made up of lumber and chicken wire, fashioned in different shapes and sizes. There are some chicken ranchers that want to keep their chickens a little bit more out of sight, while at the same time giving the chickens their proper ventilation. The option the ranchers use is a form of plywood called peg board. The peg board has multiple holes made from the factory and it allows air to flow through for good ventilation which is an absolute must for the health of your chickens.

Alternate Your Peg Board

If you want your chicken runs and coops to have a different look or increase ventilation, try using peg board on the side walls only and use chicken wire on the top of your run for protection from predators. If you are not satisfied with the ventilation of the top only method, try using the peg board on top and chicken wire on the side walls. The peg board on top method allows a good camouflage against hawks and other flying predators and still allowing for some sun to penetrate.

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