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My First Coop: Circ Du Poulet

  So here it is, finally complete, well...mostly. Having zero building skills I can't guarantee that anything is square or level in this structure. It is pretty sturdy though, so that has to count for something.There are so many things I would have done differently on this project, beginning with not buying so many baby chicks in the first place. Four was the magic number, but somehow I came home with 9! Chicken math at its finest. Now I have 8 hens (one was a cockerel), who should start laying any day now. I'm soo excited because a couple of them are starting to sing... read more

Clucky-Huddle Coop

So our, my, chicken journey officially started on May 24th when I went and picked up 11 chicks for my wife.  I knew had limited time to build a coop, and after exhaustive reading on backyard chickens, I believed I was ready.  But nothing prepares you for   The dimensions of my coop & run are 11'x13'x 7'.   This would give me plenty of room in the run plus the ability to make it a little bigger in the future.  My coop is 4.5'x11' which is plenty of room for the girls (as you can see below).  Each end of the coop has large doors for easy coop cleaning. ... read more

The Hilton Hen House in Howell, MI

The City of Howell recently approved chicken keeping in our historic city. We were approved in May and began building our Hilton Hen House immediately. My husband built it on site using an outside stair case for the coop support. We have the coop completed with secure fencing, removable upper panels, curtains for the the nesting box, flowers and original art work! The 4 Happy Hens receive fresh food each day in addition to their organic mash. They produce 4 eggs regularly and we often have a super producer that lays two. So we have had 5 eggs in one day... read more

Joe's BBQ and Egg Emporium! or as my friends call it Yolk Manor.

I am a urban farmer in Dayton Ohio. I can see downtown Dayton from my front porch. I always wanted a mini-farm. just never thought I would have it in the city. This is my chicken story !                      These are my chick's! I started with twenty mix breeds, girls and two boys. I lose both of my boys and two of my girls! Now to build them a safe and attractive home!        .          The location is chosen.   Not sure if this is a medium or large coop?                       The air vent and cleaning doors!  Old glass cabinet door.  Pull string door!  The... read more


Hello everyone. I had chickens when I was a teenager and for many years now have wanted to have chickens again. Knowing this my DH promised me a coop for my birthday ( which was back in May so you see it's already become a long term project), and he helps me every chance we get to work on it. I have been researching all these incredible ideas that BYC brings together (thank you all!) (BYC is a goldmine of information!!!) and trying to develop a suitable design for our needs. I am only able to get a little bit done at a time because of our work, so this will... read more

Chickie Pie PALACE

    So we are on year two of our chicken raising adventure, we have learned so much - and we love having backyard chickens!  Over the past two years our chicken coop has had to evolve to hold our ever expanding flock.  Our current coop is so different from what we started out with that it needed a whole new page!  Our first coop was titled Chickie Pie Place, but it has grown so much I think Chickie Pie PALACE is probably now more appropriate lol.   If you would like to read about how our chicken journey got started - and see the beginnings of our coop, with lots of... read more

Gypsy Caravan Coop

Love looking at this everyday...builder friend built it to look like it got stuck in the mud on our hill and was abandoned 9 ft high total - coop is 6ft high ( with 3 ft underneath for shelter ) 8 feet in length and 6 feet wide for 14 kids ( right now ) 6 bantys- 4 mid size girls and 3 red sex lonk big girls read more

My Primitive Coop

My husband and I just built this 8X12 coop for our chickens and guineas. This is the outside (we still need to add white trim to the sides of the coop and to the windows). I decorated it in a primitive style. The outside run is enclosed. Homemade birch door handle:Rooster planter:   Some indoor shots:  It took us about 4 full weekends to get this far...and my husband is cursing the day he said to go ahead and place my first order of chicks online. He even said he'd build me a coop himself! Lol...Boy, were we in for a wonderful, exciting but stressful ride! He's only got... read more

The Coop That Had to Match the House ;)

It all started in March 2013 when I got an itch to have a few chickens running around the yard.  Then it turned into having a few ducks as well.  I ordered my chicks and ducklings 8 weeks out.  I needed time to plan the best coop possible.  I figured by the time they were old enough to move into the coop it would be a nice, warm summer.  I literally designed coops for weeks.  The deadline was approaching and I could not settle.  Finally it hit me.  Keep it simple, put in some windows, add a fence, and just call it a day.  I drew up a design for a 4' by 6' coop with a... read more

First Time Chicken Coop

      Because I work Mon through Friday, the time I was able to spend on this project was limited to weekends (weather permitting).  Prior to starting, I spent a lot of time researching and talking to friends who have chickens to try and come up with a plan we would be happy with in the long run.  This picture was taken after the first weekend.  At this point, we had the framing complete.  All of the materials used for the floor were pressure treated, as they will likely come in contact with moisture from rain as well as chickens.  The walls were constructed with... read more

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