1. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
  2. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Songster

    Dec 18, 2007
    I have that book and found it very useful. Dh and I took ideas from a couple of coops to come up with our own design.
  3. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Songster

    I think this is a great book. The negative feedback came from those who purchased the book thinking it would give very explicit plans for building the coops.
    The author gives photographs, and also lots of drawings for the coops she shows. There are also particulars for some of the coops featured, ie. measurements, wood sizes, etc.
    There is a great section on Joel Salatin's coops, a section on larger coops, and a really wonderful section on small backyard coops.
    I loved the book, and found it really a great kick start for building one's hen palace. [​IMG]


    DENALI Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    I just bought that book from amazon and was quite dissapointed. I would say 70% of the coops they show in it are the same ones found at various places online including a few that are shown on this sites coop ideas. For me it was a complete bust as i found better more detailed information online for free with a simple search on google. Thanks
  5. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground

    I bought that book and was also disappointed. It really didn't give any more info than what you can find online. I'm still not happy with any of the plans I've found out there, we're just going to wing it and depend on the advice and experience here and in the coops we've seen in the wild. [​IMG]
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If I'd paid money for the book (I had it out of the library, instead) I would have been pretty disappointed unless I did not have computer access. As others have said, you can do better with BYC and google. OTOH a book is handier to curl up with underneath a coupla cats on the sofa, so there is that.

  7. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    I am one of those ppl that tries to check it out from the library first. I am cheap when it comes to buying books [​IMG] Thanks for the feedback-I guess I know I can find stuff online, but sometimes it's nice to sit on the sofa and look through a book [​IMG]
  8. tpantali

    tpantali In the Brooder

    May 16, 2007
    Finger Lakes New York
    I borrowed this book from the library and am, also, glad I did not purchase it. I just got chicks for the first time last spring. We built a coop from scratch gathering information online and from a couple of books we have on hand "Stoery's Guide to Raising Chickens", "Living with Chickens" and "Free-Range Poultry".

    We are now buying a house and will be building a new coop, that is why I got the coop book from the library. It did not have any information I had not already come across and most of the coops I have seen before. There are pretty pictures, which I always enjoy, but again those can be seen online.

    Basically, I suggest borrowing from library or friend. While I am at it, the book critic that I am [​IMG], I would not recommend the "Free-Range Poultry" book. It cost something like $40 and does not have any information you can not find in less expensive books and online. The web is a wonderful thing!
  9. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    Type this ISBN # into Amazon, and see what you think:


    Just type the # into the search box on the homepage
  10. plapczynski

    plapczynski Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Chillicothe, OH
    I saw this book at the local TSC. You might want to check you local feed stores, farm stores. I browsed it really quick, but didn't like it.

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