Once you have decided that you are going to buy and look after some chickens the next stage before getting them is building a poultry shed for them to live in. You can of course buy poultry sheds, but this has many downsides, they generally come in flat-pack form (so need assembling anyway), they are a mass produced product and can work out very expensive and you rarely get one that suits your needs. When you build a poultry shed you get a far better quality chicken coop that will tick every box.
By looking after and protecting your chickens in the right way they in turn will look after you by providing you with a constant flow of healthy nutritious eggs for you and the whole family.
Predators can play a major part in chicken keeping and should not be overlooked or underestimated. Sadly by their very nature and make up your hens can appear as a very tasty food source to a variety of predators in your area.
This is yet another factor that they will benefit from by you building a poultry house for them. You will be able to custom build their home to incorporate features that will keep your hens safe and worry free.
Chickens are not only practical to keep due to the resources they can provide you with, but they are also friendly and easy to get along with and look after. One thing to keep in mind is that they will not just be around for five minutes and will be alive for years to come so by giving them an equally sturdy accommodation in the first place will save you time and money in the future by not having to continually upkeep and maintain their housing.
Try not to cut corners when building a poultry shed as this will also give you an inferior chicken coop. You will not only gain a great sense of accomplishment from building a poultry shed, but by involving family members can be a great project for all involved. When the time comes to move the chickens into their new home not only will you be very happy, but they will too.