Raising hens is without a doubt not an easy process. Hens are vulnerable to several diseases, when they are not given a neat and clean shelter. Are you currently gonna build a comfy, secure as well as nice looking coop to your chickens? By taking your time to take a look through many hen house plans you possibly can have a big step towards ensuring you’re selecting the one which perfect matches your own individual needs.
This part-14 is intended as guidance for little projects that make the chicken coop your own. This page will cover adding a chicken access and a ramp. This coop was designed to use the larger access doors in the rear as a chicken access, but should you live in colder climates, you will want a smaller chicken access to keep the cold out of the coop and keep warmth in.
Also, on that note. If you do live where the weather can get really cold, we recommend at least insulating the interior walls. You will want to put some interior sheathing inside or else the chickens will use the insulation in their nests and the insulation is not good for the overall health of the chickens.
For the chicken access, pick a spot on the rear wall that you can cut out. Keep the scrap for a door. If you live in inclement weather, you will also want to frame in the access as shown. We have chosen the space between the door supports and the nearest stud. If you have larger fowl, the space to the left is also a good spot. Either way, you will have to frame in around the opening, Especially if you live in a colder region (insulation will have to go around it).
Use the scrap cut from the opening for a door that can be opened and closed. We recommend just putting hinges on one side and use a hook and eye-pin latch to keep it closed.
Now, weather you have a chicken access or not, you will need a ramp to let the chickens get into and out of the coop. You can simply slap a rough ramp together with scrap plywood at least 3 feet (900mm) long and 1foot (300mm) wide, but this is such a nice chicken coop, we are going to lead you through making a nicer ramp.
You will need a piece of scrap plywood roughly 3-4′ (900-1200mm) by 6″ (150mm), 2 scrap wood pieces 3-4 feet (900-1200mm) long and plenty of 6″ (150mm) 1 x 4 (25x90mm) or 2 x 4 (45x90mm) pieces.
- Rip a groove down the center of the planks (you have routered enough to almost be a professional). Make sure to rip through the thin edge.
- Cut the plywood to a nice rectangle the length of your router planks.
- Run a bead of glue in each groove and assemble the ramp as shown.
- Cut the scrap pieces into squares that will fit in between the sides of the ramp.
- Screw or nail the ramp and the pieces together and you are done!