Raising chickens in your backyard can provide you with many amazing benefits. Chickens are a great way to get an easy and constant supply of eggs, but they can also help reduce your household’s organic waste, as chickens can generally eat most of your scraps and leftovers.
Plus, if you are currently or looking to be an avid gardener, chicken manure is a great source of nutrients for your garden that can help your plants thrive when treated correctly – nothing goes to waste!
If you have children, raising chickens is a wonderful outdoor activity you can get them involved in — it’s a great educational experience! It teaches children responsibility; feeding the chickens, ensuring they have water, collecting the eggs and ensuring the chickens are being looked after are all very important lessons to learn when young.
They can also make for great pets!
There are many types of housing available for chickens, made from different materials such as wood, plastic and metals that come in all different sizes. At The Organic Garden Co, we sell permanent steel chicken coops. Whilst they are called chicken coops, they can be used for all sorts of other pet options, maybe to house quail and other fowl, as an aviary for small birds or simply as a shelter for any other animal you care to keep.
Our chicken coops are a great option for all of the above and more, as when assembled and secured correctly, they are a permanent structure that helps to keep out predators.
Our chicken coops come in a variety of sizes and roof types so that you can pick the one that suits your (and your chickens') needs. If you are just looking to house a few chickens, our flat-roof ones are perfect. For a roomier chicken coop, these come with a gable roof.
Now you have selected the best option for your needs, it’s time to learn how to build a chicken coop!
Before you begin, we recommend you take some time to watch the YouTube assembly video and read through the instruction manual to familiarise yourselves with the parts and steps.
Make sure you have all the necessary tools required (which can be found in the instruction manual and videos), and use the supplied checklist to ensure all your parts are there. If you believe you are missing any parts, please contact our friendly customer service team so we can assist you before you start your build.
Have a clear work area and use a trestle table or workhorses, as this will make assembly faster and easier (not to mention how much better it will be for your back!).
Our chicken coops use the SNAPTiTE assembly system, which makes building a chicken coop easier as the SNAPTiTE lugs on the panels lock into the channels without the need for screws.
Simply tap the channel onto the SNAPTiTE lugs until they click into place, working your way along the sheet. The short side of the channel will face the outside (coloured side) of the panel.
The chicken coops come with pre-punched holes and can be easily fastened by overlapping the sheets by one rib and aligning the pre-punched holes. Should you have difficulty with holes aligning, we have some tips and tricks that may help.
Now that you are ready to start building, we recommend assembling the panels following the steps below. You may find having an extra person on hand helpful to move and hold panels during installation.
Building a chicken coop can take time and patience, we recommend you set aside at least a day for the smaller coops and up to a weekend for the largest.
Below, we’ve included the videos of two of our most popular chicken coop builds.
Our friendly customer service team is available seven days a week should you encounter any issues while assembling your chicken coop; they’re happy to help with any question, no matter how small.