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  • Writer's pictureTravis Leicht

Wanna build your own chicken coop?

Our mission at OnSite Tree is to localize food. Through sustainable tree and forestry services, we empower landowners with the tools and expertise needed to exercise responsible stewardship for their land. But there are many ways to honor your land! Creating a simple DIY and eco-friendly chicken coop is one of the best ways to localize food - think fresh, nutritious eggs from your own back yard every morning! Here's a basic guide to building such a coop:

Materials You'll Need:

  • Wood for the frame and walls (even better if recycled/repurposed).

  • Hardware cloth or sturdy wire mesh for predator protection.

  • Salvaged roofing materials or metal sheets.

  • Deep bedding materials like straw or wood shavings.

  • Rain barrels or a rainwater collection system (for water conservation).

  • Local, sustainable feed options (supporting the local economy).

  • Basic tools: saw, hammer, nails, screws, wire cutters, and a shovel.

Steps to Build Your Regenerative Chicken Coop: 1. Design and Planning:

  • Sketch a simple design for your coop. It should include a sheltered area for the chickens and a run for outdoor access.

  • Ensure the coop design allows for easy cleaning and access to nesting boxes.

2. Construction:

  • Build a sturdy frame for your coop using the recycled wood.

  • Cover the frame with walls made from the same materials or hardware cloth to keep out predators.

  • Create a slanted roof to provide shade and protect against rain. Use salvaged roofing materials.

  • Install windows or vents to promote natural ventilation and light.

3. Deep Bedding System:

  • Fill the coop area with a deep bedding system using straw or wood shavings. This will provide comfort for the chickens and help with waste management.

4. Rainwater Collection:

  • Set up a rainwater collection system with gutters and rain barrels to capture and store rainwater for your chickens.

5. Foraging Space:

  • Create an outdoor run area for your chickens to forage. This can be a fenced-in area with access from the coop.

6. Sustainable Feeding:

  • Source local, sustainable feed for your chickens, and consider growing some of their food on-site, such as greens or grains.

7. Composting:

  • Use the deep bedding material and chicken waste as compost for your garden. This supports regenerative agriculture by recycling nutrients.

8. Pest Control with Crop Rotation:

  • Rotate the location of the chicken run to help control pests and support the health of your garden.

9. Regular Maintenance:

  • Keep the coop clean and provide fresh bedding regularly.

  • Check for predator vulnerabilities and make necessary repairs.

This simple DIY chicken coop embraces regenerative principles by recycling materials, conserving water, supporting local agriculture, and contributing to a more sustainable ecosystem. It's a great way to start your journey into backyard poultry farming while promoting a healthier environment.

Want more support? We can help! Call or text (941) 920-2625 for a free consultation!

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