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Small tractor

I am starting a new tractor this week. Need a bit more space for my babies in the incubator. I will be updating this page with photos and step-by-step directions. For now, here is the plan for it with materials and approximate cost. read more

Baby Brooder

2 Layers, 2 doors on the bottom level   Feeder and water on the bottom layer   The ramp to the top level   MHP cave     The top is the run, roosts for them to play.   read more

Northern Exposure

When my wife and I became a couple some years back, she let it be known that if we ever made it back to the country, she would love to have a few chickens.  I promised that if/when we made that move she WOULD have those chickens.  Fast forward about five years and we were in a position to buy half a farm well out in the hills of western Wisconsin (the half without the buildings).  We set about building our house and getting settled deep in the woods on top a ridge with a beautiful view.  Once the house was complete (a 2 1/2 year project), and a little rest and recovery... read more

DIY $10 Fully Recycled Coop - looks so amateur and it is, but does the job

Don’t laugh  I spent $50 on add-ons and less than $10 on the actual coop... Basically, with a handsaw, drill and some free pallets, I managed to bump together a house for my new kiddles. Ignore the piece of wood leaning there. It’s covered in art work by my 10 year old sister. I was worried that, if I did it, then you’d all laugh at me, so I let a child do it. I spent my $50 on: 2x padlocks + 2x hooks + 2x hinges + a wooden plaque for above the door + the rest was on PVC piping and adhesive. The side wall is removable, so that I can clean it out. It’s attached via... read more

First time owning chickens!

Hello everyone! My name is sophie and this article is about my first time owning chicks. well,It's not about owning them it's about building the coop for now. I am not getting the chicks until the spring of 2017, but my mom and dad asked me and my sister, @elpaint03 to design the coop! So that will keep us busy until we start building the coop this fall/winter. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I will keep adding posts until the chicks arrive and the I will start a new article about keeping them and raising them. I hope... read more

Mike's Tractor Coop de Ville

This is my coop for five hens.  I built it this past May in Sacramento Ca. I didn't use any plans but I have been planning it in my head for quite a while and it's a lot like other coops I built in the past.  I'm a pro carpenter so I just winged it.     Before I built the coop I made sure I had dog proof 6' fencing for the perimeter.  The handle for moving it is built into the frame.  The wheels are rated for 900 lbs and have solid tires.  Most of the material I used, I had on hand.  The biggest expense was the roofing and the wheels.     I tried to keep it as... read more

by the night or week

We bought 18 chicks from the local feed store at the end of April. I built a 4 x 4 x 2' high brooder out of Advantech (very good particle board), complete with heat lamp (38 dollars a month extra to run), and kept them in the house for my two-year-old to amuse herself with. I figured I'd be done with a coop by the end of June at the latest. By the time July rolled around and the coop no more than four , 8 X 8' walls with not much sheathing, we had to do something so we moved the brooder out of the house into our quonset. I built a little roost into the inside back of the... read more

Coop add ons!

This is the semi final coop after 3-4 revisions to keep adding footage. We started out with a 4x4 foot inside and a 4x10 foot run underneath. Then I added on another 4x4, 2 story area with the wooden door. That then became a duplex with the big girls on top and babies on the bottom. Eventually it will be one big area once I migrate all the girls together. I then added on another 4x6 foot run for the infants. The big Girls free range an hour or so a day. In October they will all mix and The coop will be one big mansion. Enjoy! read more

Ultimate PVC Gravity Feeder

    This feeder improves on other PVC gravity feeder designs by solving these key problems:   Mess and wasted feed: The enclosed feeder design and front spill guard eliminates mess and wasted feed Rain getting in the feeder opening: A rain hood keeps the grain dry Keeps pests’ away: Easily seal the feeder closed with a cap to keep rats and other pests away at night.   DIY Instructions   In the past I have found it frustrating and time consuming to try and follow other feeder designs with only a photo and some very rough detail to go from. To make this... read more

Little Red Barn Coop

  My goal was to build a coop that reminded me of the red barn I grew up with and to reuse as much material as I could.  This was to be a home for 8 layers, who were 5 weeks old when I started.  The finishing touch was a 'coop' quilt on the door.  The coop/run was built in four sections which allowed me to get the girls out of my mudroom sooner.  The coop is 4'x6', the porch (upper level) is 4'x4', and the lower run is 4'x10'.  It is fully enclosed with hardware cloth and the wire runs under it and beyond the border to prevent digging.  There are perches in the lower run... read more

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