Deciding to become more self reliant and raise a flock of egg laying chickens is a great idea but it does mean that you have to figure out how to build a chicken coop.
When I first decided to start raising egg laying chickens, I was completely unprepared and I think I made every mistake you could make. I literally decided that I would love to raise chickens in my backyard after spending one afternoon watching my friend’s chickens.
I came home that afternoon all excited about having chickens running around in my backyard and conveniently forgot that I had no idea how to build a chicken coop! I ordered my first batch of chicks online and eagerly awaited their arrival. Let’s just say that it was a disaster from the start.
At any rate, once I got straightened out, I realized that I needed to figure out how to build a chicken coop and I panicked! I like to try and figure out how to do things on my own but honestly, I had never built anything as large as a hen house or whatever you want to call it.
So I went to my local hardware store where I found a few kits that I could order. But after looking at the basic designs, I decided that I wanted something more original. I didn’t want my chicken coop to look like everyone else’s. Not that I wanted anything big and fancy but I wanted it to be unique and I really liked the idea of finding chicken coop blueprints online and building it myself.
So, that’s what I did. I eventually had to cave in and ask my father to help me figure out the chicken coop blueprints. He can build just about anything and he also had a lot of great ideas that we were able to incorporate. I was really happy with the final results and my chickens and roosters love it. As a matter of fact, I ended up building three smaller chicken coops and runs because I was always needing someplace to keep bickering chickens or new chicks or injured hens, etc. I even have one hen house that I use to raise my chicks in once they are ready to go outside.
Raising your own egg laying chickens is a great way to become more self reliant and less dependent on your local grocery store. You will never get rich from raising chickens in your back yard but I love knowing where my food is coming from.