The Costs of Building Your Own Chicken Coop
Building your own chicken coop can turn out to be either quite expensive or quite cheap, depending on a few things. Maybe the most important of all is getting good quality building material which will not cost you an arm and a leg.
Usually building material is quite expensive, however for many people the quality that they are getting is worth every penny. Particularly when they know that the coop will last for many years without anything else besides the regular maintenance and cleaning that needs to be done. However some people are strapped for cash, so obviously finding good material at a good price is a must.
One thing you need to get before shopping for items is a set of blueprints, or chicken shed plans. The reason is that you need first to know how big your coop will be, so you can calculate how much wood and other construction items you will need. This of course depends on how many chicken you want to raise. For just a few chicken to give you eggs on a permanent basis, a smaller shed is enough. But if you want to have a bigger chicken farm, you should be prepared to erect something bigger with more material that will cost you more.
Once you have the blueprint ready, you can go ahead and try to procure your material to start the building process. Before you go off shopping, go by your neighbors and friends and see if they have some good quality wood just sitting around that you can use and they no longer have a need for. This will decrease the amount of wood you will need to actually buy. But make sure first that it's good quality and not something shabby that will fall off with the first stronger wind.
By thinking ahead you will be able to lower your costs of building your own chicken coop and still do it with high quality stuff.