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Chicken Coops: 45 Building Plans for Housing Your Flock

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Easy-to-care-for, productive, inexpensive, and full of personality, chickens are popping up in backyards throughout the country—in the suburbs, rural towns, and even on city plots. All it takes to keep a small flock is a bit of land and a properly designed coop.

Just like houses, chicken coops come in all sizes and styles to meet the needs of any chicken family. Author Judy Pangman has combed the country identifying the top chicken coop designs, from utilitarian to high-style. The result is this ultimate collection of 45 building plans that are sure to meet the needs of any chicken owner.

The featured designs include basic easy-to assemble hoop houses, A-frames, and multi-storied wooden structures, as well as larger models for small commercial farms. There are also a variety of moveable coops that can be rotated around the yard, and low-budget coops constructed from found and repurposed materials.

Pangman shares inspirational and instructive stories about the participating coop designers/ builders. Enthusiastic communities of chicken-keepers have organized chicken tours in cities such as Seattle, highlighting the fun and fantastic imagination of some coop architect/builders. There are designs echoing the house styles of the neighborhood, as well as the most contemporary trends in architecture. Building a chicken coop offers a great outlet for any would-be architect who wants to stick to the miniature, scaled-down building!

A 16-page color section shows detailed photos of many of the featured coop plans, as well as some amazing kits and one-of-a-kind coops built from recyclables.

With its comprehensive building plans and chicken-laden stories, Chicken Coops is sure to inspire a sunny-side-up, no-yolks-barred attitude in all chicken owners who dream of building a bigger, better coop to house their flock.

Synopsis:

Bring your chickens home to roost in comfort and style! Whether you're keeping one hen in a small backyard or 1,000 hens in a large free-range pasture, this delightful collection of hen hideaways will spark your imagination and inspire you to begin building.

Author and farmer Judy Pangman combed the country to select these 45 coops for housing both laying hens and meat birds (chickens or turkeys). The coops range from fashionable backyard structures featured in the annual Seattle Tilth City Chickens Tour and the Mad City Chickens Tour in Madison, Wisconsin, to the large-scale, moveable structures Joel Salatin has fashioned for Polyface Farm in Virginia.

You'll also find ideas for converting trailer frames, greenhouses, and backyard sheds; low-budget

alternatives for working with found and recycled materials; and simple ways to make waterers, feeders, and nestboxes. A gallery of color photographs provides other creative ideas to get you going. With basic building skills, a little elbow grease, and this book of conceptual plans, you've got all you need to shelter your flock.

About the Author

Judy Pangman and her husband, Frank Johnson, raise their two sons and grass-fed beef, pork, and eggs on their 200-acre farm in upstate New York. They are committed to sustainable agriculture, raising their animals naturally and cruelty-free and promoting a safe and healthy local food system. .

Table of Contents

Part 1 Providing Shelter: The Basics

Chick Brooders 1

Brooder Basics 2

Feed and Water 3

Temperature 4

Ventilation . 4

Predator Protection 4

Chicken Coops 5

Feed and Water 5

Ventilation 6

Roosts 6

Nest Boxes 6

Predator Protection 6

Things to Consider When Designing Your Coop 7

Part 2 Coops for the City

Setting Hen Hut 10

San Miguel Coop 12

Bo & Friends Coop 16

Cézannes Garden Coop 19

Sun Coop 23

Megans Coop 27

Cottonwood School Coop 30

Oakhurst Community Garden Coop 33

Cordwood Chicken House 36

Little Red Henhouse 40

Seattle Tilth City Chicken Tour 43

Hi-Rise Coop 44

Poulet Chalet 47

The Cat House 51

Shake Your Tail Feathers Coop 55

Toolshed Henhouse 57

Starclucks Coop 61

Kids Garden Coop 65

Chicks n the Hood Coop 68

Mad City Chickens Tour 69

Part 3 Coops for Small Farms

Truck Cap Coop 74

Egg-loo 76

Beck-Chenoweth Broiler Skid 78

Caretaker Farm 80

Chicken Prairie Schooner 81

Sap Bush Hollow Farm 84

Sap Bush Broiler & Turkey Hoop 85

Sap Bush Turkey Roost 88

Sap Bush Chicken RV 90

Sap Bush Eggmobile 92

Sap Bush Brooder House 95

Our Farm CSA 98

Our Farm Broiler Pen 99

Soup Coop 101

A-Frame Henhouse 103

Chicken Greenhouse 105

Shiloh Farm and Retreat 108

Shiloh Mini Hen Retreat. 109

Shiloh Hen Retreat. 112

Shiloh Broiler Retreat. 116

Cotton Trailer Coop. 118

Sweet Tree Farm 122

Sweet Tree Birthday Coop 123

Coop de Grass 126

Winter Coop 129

Polyface Farm 133

Salatin Turkey Coop 134

Salatin Portable Broiler Pen. 136

Salatin Eggmobile 138

Salatin Raken House 141

Salatin Chick Brooder 144

Winter Laying-Hen Hoop House 146

Salatin Feathernet System. 148

Part 4 Cool Coops

Selected Coops 151

Inspiring Coops 156

Product Details

ISBN:
9781580176316
Author:
Pangman, Judy
Publisher:
Storey Publishing
Subject:
Chickens
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Subject:
Housing
Subject:
Construction - General
Subject:
Technology-Construction - General
Subject:
TECHNOLOGY and ENGINEERING / Construction / General
Subject:
Chickens - Housing
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
ENGINEERING / Construction / General
Subject:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General
Subject:
HOUSE & HOME / Design & Construction
Subject:
HOUSE & HOME / Do-It-Yourself/General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
11.14x8.62x.66 in. 1.56 lbs.

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Bring your chickens home to roost in comfort and style! Whether you're keeping one hen in a small backyard or 1,000 hens in a large free-range pasture, this delightful collection of hen hideaways will spark your imagination and inspire you to begin building.

Author and farmer Judy Pangman combed the country to select these 45 coops for housing both laying hens and meat birds (chickens or turkeys). The coops range from fashionable backyard structures featured in the annual Seattle Tilth City Chickens Tour and the Mad City Chickens Tour in Madison, Wisconsin, to the large-scale, moveable structures Joel Salatin has fashioned for Polyface Farm in Virginia.

You'll also find ideas for converting trailer frames, greenhouses, and backyard sheds; low-budget

alternatives for working with found and recycled materials; and simple ways to make waterers, feeders, and nestboxes. A gallery of color photographs provides other creative ideas to get you going. With basic building skills, a little elbow grease, and this book of conceptual plans, you've got all you need to shelter your flock.

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