If you’re just starting to keep chickens or you’re enlarging your flock, a great way to save money is to try building a chicken coop yourself. Although there are some good ready-made coops available they are expensive, and building a chicken coop is not hard ” especially if youve got a good set of plans and instructions to follow.
Its a great family project too. Depending on the ages of your children, they will be able to help building the chicken coop by doing something: fetching and organising the materials, telling you what to do next, assembling some of the pieces or even building the entire chicken coop.
The first thing to decide is what kind of chicken coop is right for you. If you only have, or are planning to get, a few hens, say around three, then a chicken ark could be a good solution.
If you want your chickens to free range, you can let them out, but a chicken ark is designed to be moved around so the chickens get to range as you move it. The simple design includes a roosting area one end and run the other.