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Egg prices have you dreaming of a chicken coop? Here’s what you need

May 09, 2023May 09, 2023

by: Breanna Richey, BestReviews Staff

Posted: Jan 16, 2023 / 08:58 AM MST

Updated: Jan 16, 2023 / 12:35 PM MST

Along with travel expenses and gasoline, food prices have also increased in the past year, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic and supply chain issues. While we’re finally starting to see some costs slowly return to normal, egg prices have continued to rise, and it's for an entirely different reason. Starting in early 2022, the avian influenza virus broke out and has already affected 57 million birds. As a result, egg prices increased by 59% in December 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

To mitigate this additional expense, many are considering a life of chicken farming for personal use or selling to others. Of course, that journey begins with a home to keep the chickens safe, warm and dry. So, if you’re daydreaming of having a flock of your own, here's everything you need to build a backyard chicken coop.

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The entire world is facing price hikes on everything from eggs to used vehicles to travel expenses. Fortunately, inflation seems to be easing on almost all fronts, save eggs. In December 2022, during the highest demand for eggs, some states saw the price for a dozen eggs hit $7.

The culprit behind these high egg prices is the spread of avian influenza, which has affected a record-breaking number of birds, beating out the last outbreak in 2015. As of December 2022, the virus had touched 57 million birds across 47 states, severely depleting the stock of eggs in the U.S. and driving up prices on not only eggs but also products that contain eggs.

Fortunately, there's good news to look forward to, as the USDA is already reporting the price of eggs is down 15 cents. With lower demand for eggs after the holiday boom and egg production ramping back up, hopefully, we’ll continue to see that number drop in the coming months.

Whether you’re impatient for the egg prices to drop or want to get ahead of future price hikes, raising chickens is a smart way to get ahead. And it all starts with creating a safe home for your flock.

Picking an optimal location is key to healthy, happy chickens. While taking care of chickens isn't too labor intensive once your outdoor chicken coop is built, creating the perfect home will help all other aspects to run smoothly. Here are a few guidelines when choosing a location:


Allocate a minimum of 3 square feet per bird if there is additional space to run, or 10 square feet per bird if there isn't access to the outdoors.


While coops don't usually need to be insulated depending on the location, it's essential that a coop has airflow to remove fumes and moisture. It's also helpful to prevent diseases. Airflow can be accomplished from windows in the walls, roof vents or electric fans. However, be sure to cover all openings with hardware cloth or hardware mesh.

Roosting perch

Provide a roosting perch of at least 10 linear inches per chicken that is 2 feet off the ground.

Nest box

Plan for one nesting box for every three to four hens. Each nesting box should measure around one square foot. Position the nesting boxes lower than the perch since chickens will seek higher ground while sleeping. Stuff the boxes with straw or sawdust.


Raise the coop at least one foot off the ground to prevent rats, snakes or raccoons from breaking in underneath the enclosure. Otherwise, plan for a dirt floor rather than a lower wood floor. You’ll also want a secure lock on the coop door to keep the chickens in at night and the predators out. To enclose the outdoor area, bury the mesh fencing or other material at least six inches deep to prevent predators from digging underneath. Finally, to boost security and scare away predators, opt for a motion-detector light.

Everbilt Galvanized Poultry Netting Chicken Wire

Chicken wire is ideal for fencing in an outdoor area to keep chickens in and predators out. This chicken wire is constructed from galvanized, zinc-coated steel wire to prevent rust and ensure it's durable.

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Solar Motion Sensor Security Lights

Protect the flock all night long with motion sensor security lights that turn on if a predator gets too close. Plus, these solar lights convert sunlight into electricity.

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Little Giant 1-Gallon Complete Plastic Poultry Fount

Keep chickens hydrated with this poultry waterer made of heavy-duty polystyrene to withstand heat and cold. It also has a gravity-fed design to provide water flow at a constant rate.

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Wiss Compound Action Straight Cut Aviation Snips

Building a backyard chicken coop requires chicken wire and hardware cloth that's difficult to cut without the correct tools. These snips cut up to 8 miles of 18-gauge low-carbon steel.

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Dewalt Atomic 20-Volt Max Cordless Drill/Driver

Build the ultimate chicken coop faster and stronger with this cordless drill. It comes with two 20V Batteries 1.3 Ah, a charger and a tool bag. Plus, it's compatible with all other Dewalt 20-volt Max batteries and chargers.

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Little Giant Reel-Top Poultry Range Feeder

This poultry feeder is designed with a free-spinning reel to discourage roosting and curved lips to reduce feed waste from spillage. As a bonus, the feeder's reel snaps in and out, making it convenient to fill and clean.

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Everbilt Steel Hardware Cloth

Hardware cloth is a must-have when building a chicken coop to cover openings and protect the flock. It's corrosion-resistant and requires no maintenance over time.

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Dewalt Flexvolt 60-Volt Max Cordless Brushless Circular Saw

Why work harder when you can work smarter with a quality circular saw? This option is designed with a brushless motor that delivers up to 57% more run time over brushed.

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