If you are considering building hen houses by hand then it is certainly an excellent idea as you will no doubt save a lot of money when compared to buying hen houses from a retail merchant. With manufactured buildings, you are constrained by the overall design and the materials used in producing it. Before you construct any hen houses it would be wise to consider and decide on the size of your hen houses, which will be ultimately determined by the number of hens you wish to accommodate. If you intend to raise just a few hens then small hen houses are ideal for this purpose.
Listed below are 3 important points that you should remember in the course of constructing hen houses.
Hen Houses – Planning Ahead
It will always pay to plan ahead before building hen houses. You should make notes on paper of the design features you want, such as the shape of your hen houses, the number of windows and doors, the type of construction materials for the base, sides and roof along with the other arrangements including lighting, ventilation and feeding apparatus etc. With this plan, you are in a better position to fulfil the requirements of building successful hen houses. Take your time when designing – if possible come back to your plans a few days later and think how your original design could be improved. It is amazing how successful this can be after a bit of brainstorming. If your hens will have access to their own outdoor run, you may want to allow for a minimum of 2 to 3 square feet per hen inside the building, and if possible you should go for about 4 square feet per hen in the run. Be particularly careful that your plan does include considerations in respect of visual impact and appearances of the design of your hen houses in relation to the surrounding area, for example, your garden or paddock. Please also bear in mind that hens like shade, so any hen houses should ideally be placed in shaded positions.
Security Of Hen Houses
An important feature of hen houses is naturally the protection of your hens. Therefore, it would make sense no to negate the quality of the construction materials used on hen houses, for example, using cheaper and thinner softwoods rather solid softwoods. All hen houses should be robust and well built to protect hens against the sun, rain, wind and snow, unauthorized tampering from unwanted visitors or children and predators such as dogs anf foxes. Ensure that all windows, doors and gates can be appropriately locked by using quality door locks and catches from the inside of the hen house. To protect your hens from predators who burrow, it is imperative that any wire mesh fences are placed below ground, at the very minimum, twelve inches (approximately thirty centimetres) into the ground. Failure to install good enclosures for hen houses can result in loss of birds and heartache so this is a very important point that must never be overlooked.
Ventilation And Lighting In Hen Houses
It is also essential to build sufficient ventilation and lighting into hen houses. As with any other animal or bird, hens are far more fertile and content if they are unsoiled, warm and comfortable. To prevent accumulations of odours within hen houses, vents must be installed in key positions within the building to allow passive air to circulate freely throughout the building. Windows should also be positioned to capture some of the sunlight to provide a natural source of light and heat to keep hen houses dry as possible and the hens warm and healthy. Good lighting is fundamental to laying hens. Consequently, if there is not enough natural light within the building then serious consideration must be given to installing artificial lighting powered by mains electric, preferably low voltage lighting for additional safety, or solar etc. With the introduction of light emitting diodes (LED), these unique lights operate at low voltages and consume very little power making them a cost effective and safe alternative to lighting hen houses.
In conclusion, your hens require an environment consisting of hen houses and runs in which to eat, sleep, take shelter, lay eggs, take dirt baths, and just generally be hens. There are numerous considerations, including those discussed above, that need to be evaluated before constructing a building for your hens, and planning ahead makes the process much simpler. With this mind, you must give serious considerations to the issues discussed above before embarking on and building your own hen houses.
We do hope that you found this brief guide ’3 Important Points To Consider Before Building Hen Houses’ useful. If you have any queries concerning the construction of hen houses then please do not hesitate to contact us.