Chicken Coops / TO BUY? or TO BUILD?

Chicken Coops:

Which is best?
To buy one of the chicken coop kits readily available, or to find easy chicken coop plans and build your own?

Both options have some pros and cons.

Before considering your options, you must first decide on a few things:

Your needs, for instance:

– How many chickens do you want to keep?
– What size chicken coop will you need?
– What is the space you have available for your coop.

Degree of shelter that the coop need to be able to provide in terms of:

– Temperature
– Rain
– Snow
– Wind
– Predators / rodents

Apart from the coop, what else will you need, like:

– Poultry feeder
– Poultry drinker
– Chicken grid
– Chicken pellets
– Box liners
– Heat lighting
– Wood shavings

Consider your own level of skills and confidence in building a coop;

– Do you have the skills, tools and confidence to build your own coop from a set of plans?
– If you’re hesitant you may consider rather purchasing your chicken coop in kit form than building it from plans.

Option 1:
Purchasing chicken coop kits that are available on order.

When selecting a kit from say Amazon, you may consider the following:

The product:
– Adequate size, shelter and of good quality.
The supplier:
– How well is the manufacturer / supplier established?
– How long are they in business?
– How diverse is the product range they are offering?
Product ratings:
– Look for products that have ratings of 3-star and higher.
– Also look at how many ratings the product has.
A product with a 3-star rating from twenty ratings may be better evaluated than a product with a 5-star rating from only two ratings.
– Read the questions and answers on the product.
Shipping:
– Is shipping readily available to your destination?

If you can tick all the above, you might as well order a ready to assemble chicken coop kit.

My recommendation ( Option 1):

With all of the above in mind, the kit that I recommend on Amazon is:

My reasons:
– Product is priced at $174.95
– Supplier is in business since 2002
– Supplier has a broad product base
– Product ratings by customers = 3+
– 47 Customer reviews
– 32 Answered questions.
– Simply put, I can trust them.
Get  it here.

Option 2:
Building your chicken coop from a set of plans.

You may opt to save considerably on the cost of your project by building the coop yourself.

Plans are readily available from which you will get proper dimensions, material lists and building instructions to build your own coop as a DIY project.

This really is easier than most think.
As the plans are so detailed and comprehensive, the building process is not complicated at all and all materials can be sourced form hardware stores.

When you work from plans, you can scale the coop to size to meet your required needs.

My recommendation ( Option 2):

I am a keen woodworker myself.
I did some research on chicken coop plans and I found this set of 10 plans that I chose as my preferred recommendation.
The plans are practically presented and it is sharing all information required to complete the project successful.

What I also like about it, is the 60 days money back guarantee, as well as the four handy bonus guides that comes with it, namely:
– Chicken breed guide;
–  Selling Your Excess Eggs;
– Common Chicken Diseases
– Starter Guide to Raising Chickens
Get it here.

In closure:

I trust that this information will assist you in making your decision:
Firstly, if you’re going to purchase your chicken coop in kit form, or if you’re going to build it yourself from a set of plans and;
Secondly, to make the right product selection.

Your comments will be appreciated.
Any questions?
I will answer all from the comments section.

Copyright:
Cobus vdM / https://offgridbasics.com

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4 Comments

  1. I’ve been tossing the idea of getting chickens for awhile now. Many people in my neighborhood have them. Not only is it satisfying to get your own eggs, these chickens also seem to become like pets to them with their own unique personalities. But I digress. This was very helpful information since I thought I would have to purchase coop and thought making it would be too daunting. I love your suggestions and will bookmark this for future reference.

  2. Thanks for sharing this useful information.

    There’s definitely a lot to consider before actually raising chickens, just like having any kind of pet.

    I think building your own chicken coop by following the guide book will be a lot of fun!

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