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Did you know that poultry wire (chicken wire) is NOT best for building a chicken coop? Are you surprised? Well so are most people when they hear this statement. Poultry wire is best to use in your garden or between cages INSIDE of a chicken coop. See, chicken wire will keep chickens in the pens, but it will NOT keep predators out. In fact, this is how many people lose their whole flock to dogs, raccoons, bobcats, and anything else that is hungry for a chicken dinner. Watch our videos about coop building, or use our 911 help service to answer all of your questions about getting set up with your new backyard chicken hobby. It's important to do this right the 1st time!
Consider instead 2 x 4 welded wire and or chain link for all outer doors and windows, and walls between the studs on your coop. When you design the structure of your coop, make a plan. This is very important. Design your coop for your actual needs. There are many coop plans available and free or very affordable. If you or your spouse or friend are handy with tools this can make a great project. There are many ideas for nearly free or very inexpensive supplies too. You can remake a dollhouse, tool shed, or even scrap wood into a coop. but protection from predators is your number one concern.
Here is also one of the BEST solutions for many reasons. Buy a pre-build coop/shed! This company has PREFAB and premade buildings that are 100% complete and can be modified in a jiffy into your dream coop! By the time you purchase tools or hire someone, you could have a great coop in a few days, for the same price, delivered to your home.