There are a variety of reasons you may wish to build a simple chicken coop. One I can think of straight away is to keep things simple and not have to go through the procedures of getting planning permissions from the local building departments.
For timber frames you will need to paint every 3-5 years or, if you are using hardwood, oil or varnish as appropriate. I recommend an annual “spring clean” for all windows and doors no matter whether they are PVCU/Vinyl, Aluminium or Hardwood.
If you have never dealt with your local Planning and brookhaven building permits then you might not realize that you are in fact, not free to build whatever you see fit on the piece of land which you paid for and now own. Most areas have several types of limitations on the amount of development that a piece of property can have on it. The first consideration is the setback requirements; this is how far from the property line your home must be. In addition, many building departments regulate how high the building can be at the setback line. Usually this height limit gets higher as you get farther and farther away from the property line.
Before you run out to Lowe’s or Home Depot for the materials to build a coop, check with your local zoning and building departments to determine if the feathery friends are allowed in your neighborhood. You may learn only noisy roosters are banned, rather than hens. And where the hens are banned, some cost-conscious residents are banning together to get zoning laws eased.
Municipal Fines, Condemnation and Demolition. This is my absolute nemesis. As an investor, you have little or no control of what your friendly town building will decide to do to that land parcel or building you have a tax certificate on. And, don’t expect the owner of the property to take care of any issues. With municipalities strapped for cash these days, it’s not unheard of to have $500 fines each time the city comes out to cut the grass on a small parcel. To make matters worse, the federal government is giving out grants for cities to demolish whole blocks of older properties. What you thought was a nice, older property to have a tax lien on could be on the condemnation list and demolished in less than a year. And, you have very few remedies to stop it.
If you are wondering how you’ll get the eggs without a rooster, any farm boy or girl will tell you that you can still get that primary nog ingredient without all the crowing. You don’t need a rooster unless you want fertile eggs to hatch. Female chickens hatch unfertile eggs perfectly well without a male chicken strutting the roost.
Be sure to check with your local wildlife association to make sure that you can collect river rocks not for profit but to use for your own fun and innovative needs.