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Jared's Sloped Coop!

I wanted chickens for several years, but didn't start the process until a couple of years ago. I started researching online, and I found this wonderful site. Over the course of a summer, I built the coop; using materials my Dad brought home from work.                         I usually worked on the coop at night, with music, and beer.   (What could be better?  ) The coop was built in the garage, thus the ability to build at night. Moving the coop, once it was finished was the hardest part. Those lawn mower wheels were used beyond their capacity and failed.... read more


  • by Skitz

I will try to build an incubator :) I was thinking about buying one online, but the good ones run about $200+  so I will see if my 'KYDLE-Bator' is worth building!  please stay tuned and I will update as I make progress! Thanks.  I will be making two versions of this incubator, one will be a regular styrofoam cooler you can find at walmart (or where I will be getting mine which is United Supermarkets) which will be named 'KYDLE-Bator 01' and the other I will build from scratch out of wood so I can make it however I want to instead of being limited to the dimensions of... read more

Scrap Coop

        This was a lean too a year ago. Nothing was square or planned on it - ugly but manageable. I took what it offered and closed it in with raw lumber, added a front door and a horizontal rectangular floor door in the rear to let the birds out daily in the fenced summer run. We also added a winter run to the right with a polycarbonate roof which I hope generates heat in the winter and allows the bird to scratch around in the dirt here in northern Michigan. Last winter they just sat in the coop all winter and got frost bit - not good. Only one bird (EE) went out... read more

Dallas Urban Coop - Single Slope Design

My coop took about 3 weeks. I designed and built it myself (37yo woman) with no help at all. Literally none. And it's the prettiest coop I've ever seen!       Built/planned for 4 hens. It's 4' x 12'. Coop is 4x4 and raised 24" above ground. 6' tall.  Total cost - approx $800   Materials: Screening - bottom 2' is hardware cloth, top 4' is welded wire fencing Bottom run framing - treated 2x4 Run framing (including roof) - 2x3 and 2x4 for the corners and top framing Coop floor - 3/8 plywood covered in linoleum tiles Coop framing - 2x3 Coop walls -... read more

Chicken Coop Number Two...

  • by Kari

So once upon a time I had this little shed in my backyard,    And I decided to make it into a chicken coop. I kind of went overkill on the nest boxes....rookie mistake. Then I added a run.     And landscaping....   and all was well with the world. Then years passed, and my flock thinned, and work and life got in the way, and I gave my older girls to my neighbor, and I was chickenless.... but I missed having eggs, watching chicken entertainment when I got home at night, and watching their antics. Then this year I built a greenhouse.... And... read more

Potter Poulets

First, I should explain that I live in a historic house and must have anything on our property approved by a historical commission in a very painful and lengthy process.  After two years of process, we finally got to build a new garage this year.  I ordered 6 peeps for my February birthday with the intention of putting them under the stairs in the garage (no approval needed!) and hiding the run behind the garage (out of view from the street).  Hence, "potter poulets".       This is one plan from the construction.  My husband insisted that I did not need any more... read more

Sweet Pea's Rustic Roost

  Hello, this is the story of how we built Sweet Pea's Rustic Roost for our little flock of 7 hens.  Sweet Pea is one of our Barred Rock Chickens.  She was the sweetest of the chicks and used to sit on my shoulder.  She seems to be partly blind which has made her very sweet and a bit funny.  She tends to run straight at you, fast and then runs into your legs.  She is finally happy when she is roosting on your feet.  We named the roost for her.     To learn more about our chickens go to my chickens page... read more

Our Chicken Coup

We love our new chicken coup and the girls seem to be pretty happy with their new home!  read more

Metro Boston

We live in the metrowest suburbs of Boston, very residential, not a lot of elbow room. But last year we moved to the edge of town (not for the chickens, I swear) and have a yard that works better for the zoning regulations.   We started with six chicks (2 RI Reds, 2 Silkies and 2 Barred Rock) which were 90% guaranteed to be hens [insert laughter here]       and a medium-sized kit from Tractor Supply Company, advertised as requiring only one hour and one screwdriver (we needed three of each, but that's me).     We painted it, dug a hardware cloth skirt... read more

Coq au Vin

  This is our first experience having chickens and like any new parents we researched (here) as much as possible before building our coop. The build started in February and was completed in June upon the arrival of 6 pullets- the maximum we are allowed in our town. A large amount of material was scavenged and repurposed keeping the costs lower but we estimate the overall build was probably 1500.00- quite a bit more than I had hoped. Still, the neighborhood is suburban and the better the coop looks the more likely neighbors will be to accept it.  So starting at the... read more

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