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If you’re interested in raising chickens for fresh eggs and meat, building a chicken coop in your city backyard is a must. Not only does it provide a safe and comfortable home for your feathered friends, but it also adds a touch of rustic charm to your urban homestead. In this article, we’ll share some practical tips on how to build a chicken coop in your city backyard.

It doesn’t have to be as big or fancy as ours at Hogsview… the great thing is that it can be whatever you imagination and budget wants it to be.  Lets jump into it, 

Size Matters

First, consider the size of your coop. Chickens need about 3-4 square feet of space per bird inside the coop, and 8-10 square feet of outdoor space per bird in a run. So, if you plan to keep 4 chickens, you’ll need a coop that is at least 12-16 square feet, and a run that is at least 32-40 square feet. However, keep in mind that bigger is always better when it comes to chicken coops.

Location, Location, Location

Next, consider the location of your coop. Ideally, it should be in a well-drained area that is sheltered from the wind and has access to sunlight. You’ll also want to make sure it’s close to your house so you can easily check on your chickens and collect eggs. Additionally, consider the proximity to your neighbors and any local zoning regulations.

Tools Needed

When it comes to building your chicken coop, you’ll need a few essential tools, such as a hammer, saw, drill, and screwdriver. You may also need a circular saw, jigsaw, or reciprocating saw, depending on the design of your coop. Make sure to have a measuring tape and level on hand as well to ensure your coop is straight and level.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Some common mistakes people make when building their own chicken coop include:

  • Not providing enough ventilation. Chickens need fresh air to prevent the buildup of ammonia from their droppings.
  • Not building a secure coop. Predators such as raccoons, foxes, and hawks can easily break into a poorly constructed coop.
  • Not considering ease of cleaning. Your coop should be easy to clean to prevent the buildup of bacteria and disease.
  • Not providing enough nesting boxes. Hens need a cozy place to lay their eggs, so make sure to provide enough nesting boxes for your flock.

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