Coop designs, where to find?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mommysongbird, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. Mommysongbird

    Mommysongbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    Small Town, Virginia
    Is there a really good book out there that has coop designs? I have found 4 on Barnes & Noble website but not sure if they are going to be what I am looking for. I want something that shows the finished product, shows what materials and how much to use, how big it will be and so forth.

  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    My personal opinion is that if you want a walk-in size coop, you are BY FAR better off getting one of the many many good step-by-step SHED building books. There are a bunch of them out there with excellent detailed lists, plans, photos, and hold-you-by-the-hand directions. Then just add more ventilation, a roost popdoor and nestboxes, and there ya go, it's better than most of the "official" commercial walk-in size coops [​IMG]

    If you want a small reach-in size coop, the Coop Building for Dummies book (authored by this forum's owner, but a good book in its own right) is probably your best IMO.

    The other ones I'm aware of:

    The book by, I think, Judith Pangman (?) does NOT (despite its title) have actual PLANS, it just has poorly-measured and incomplete sketches, so if you are a novice builder you would not be able to use it very well to actually build any of the coops in the book.

    There is a Country Wisdom pamphlet that is an extract from Gail Damerow's "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens" that is not going to help you very much in terms of construction plans either.

    There are a few British books on building coops that I have not seen and thus have no opinion on.

    Really, either get a shed-building book or the Dummies one, depending on size of coop desired [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

  3. Mommysongbird

    Mommysongbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    Small Town, Virginia
    Thank you Pat for the information. The Dummy book is one that I am looking at now I have to decide if I want to buy it in paperback book format or Nookbook for my son's iPad. [​IMG]

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