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Coop CONSTR UCTION

Consider these basic architectural elements, whether you’re building your own or plan to buy a pre-made structure.
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You know what you need for your coop, but how do you build a coop — or make an informed purchase — to suit your chickens’ needs? We’ll take a look at the architectural elements to plan for when setting up a new coop.

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Coops can be both beautiful and functional.

Private nest boxes help keep stress down.

TOP: FORGEMIND ARCHMEDIA/FLICKR, BOTTOM: BRAH MA/FLICKR

Coop Features and Decor

When it comes to making your ladies feel right at home, it’s all about the niceties. Think about it: the features that make your own house a home include cozy comforts such as plush carpeting, an overstuffed couch and big-screen television, central heating and air conditioning, and granite countertops, right? It’s a similar story with chickens. They thrive in a coop with clean and fluffy bedding, private nesting boxes, adequate ventilation, comfortable temperatures, and clean and sanitized food and water dishes.

With some architectural planning and interior coop-design savvy, it’s easy to ensure your chickens’ henhouse and yard provide not only the special touches that make chickens comfortable but also the essential elements that they need to flourish. Here’s what you should consider before you break ground on your ladies’ new digs.

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