personally I would build. First of all, it means you can make it the way you want to, but it depends whether you like building or can build . I have 3 ducks and we have built everything for them so far. However, chickens are more prone to be eaten by predators then ducks are, so u might be best off buyingHi Guys!
I was wondering if I should build or buy a coop.
If I should build it, what are some of the main elements to remember when building a coop?
If I should buy, what supplier should I use?
I would think building would be better for predator proofing, IMO. You can customize it for the predators common in your area. Like I added hardware cloth under my coop because I have rats, etc. But you might be able to fix up a pre-fab to be more secure.However, chickens are more prone to be eaten by predators then ducks are, so u might be best off buying
OK, if I have tools laying around and I'm pretty good at it, I would definitely build one to my liking. It's cost saving and you get something that you like. BUT, I would look on Craigslist first, sometimes you can find good coops for sale on the cheap! Sometimes free too! Saw one but some lucky bastard beat me to the punch, I hope that coop fell off the road while he was transporting it..... anyway, pre-made coops are often avoided due to their flimsy material and the number of chickens that could fit in (cut that number in half).If you are going to buy you should consider these things:
- Predator proofing
- ease of accessibility to coop, nesting boxes, run
- how many roosts & that they are both high enough & the right size & shape for your birds' feet
- Ease of cleaning
- size for the space available
- How many birds you want will determine the size of your coop, run, & how many nesting boxes you need View attachment 1625935This is my pre~fab set up for 5 hens. It has a slide out tray for ease of cleaning the coop. The nesting boxes are accessible from the outside. I deep mulch the pen, Have my water set @ chest height so it doesn't get so dirty so quickly & a treadle feeder to discourage rodents & wild birds. I have since run fencing from the coop to my verandah to keep my birds out of the garden & encourage them to forage on the hill so they have heaps of space.
Thanks, I was thinking that starting with a good structure would be a good place to be even if you only have basic skills. You just need to add a roost and a place to lay eggs and if you talk to the builder perhaps get them to add nice overhangs and vents.