ENDED Coop Page Contest 2011 - Win BYC Store Gift Certificate


Staff member
13 Years
Dec 26, 2006
California - SF East Bay
My Coop
My Coop
UPDATE - Contest ended. Winners here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=7248374#p7248374

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those digital cameras out and scan those plans you wrote on the back of your chick starter receipt. Throw them together with a great write up and you could be a winner! (okay... everyone on BYC is a winner... you'd just be a super coop contest winner!)

Contest Details:

This is a contest to see who can create the "best" coop page for BYC. The winner of the contest will get a $20 Gift Certificate for the BYC Store!

You'll be using the BYC Page Creation Tool to design your pages.

Deadline: The deadline will be based on the number of submissions we receive and how quickly we get them. Usually we wait for at least 20 - 30 submissions. Once we get "enough" we'll give everyone at least 1 week notice before the contest ends so they can put final touches on their submissions.

Here is what should be included in your page:
1) A write up of how you built your coop along with any information you think would be helpful to other people who may want to build a similar coop.
2) Any designs / plans you used to build your coop.
3) Pictures of your coop as it was being constructed.
4) Finished pictures of your coop.
5) What you want to change / add to your completed coop.

If you want your coop to win, make sure it has all of the elements above in as much detail as possible! Here are some additional hints to help you win the contest:

1) Follow the format of some of the existing coop pages.
2) The more details and pictures the better!
3) Plans plans plans. Very few coop designs have available plans. If you post plans (rough or detailed) of your coop you'll get bonus points for sure!
4) Pictures - We all love lots of pictures, but PLEASE follow these guidelines: Pictures on the page should be no wider than 800 pixels. If you want to add a larger picture please post a thumbnail link or regular link to the picture instead of the picture itself.

NEW RULE: ALL pictures MUST be uploaded to the BYC Image Upload Tool.
It is super easy to use and will help ensure that the pages always have the correct images and that they load quickly.

Here is a great example of a page with lots of good information and pictures during construction. You'll notice some pictures are in the body of the page and others are links from the page:

If you have any questions about how to use the BYC Page Tool, read the following thread and post questions here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=11399

expect to add all of the pages submitted to the coop design page of BYC, but the best will win the contest.


1) Create a cool page
2) Reply to this thread with a link to your coop page on BYC!
3) Have Fun!

NOTE: If you're one of those modest types and want to add your coop to the site but don't want to enter the contest, that is fine. We still need pictures posted to a BYC page and a link to your page posted in this thread... the more coop designs the better the community will be!

A few items to help everyone create BYC Coop Pages quickly and easily:

BYC Page Instructions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2-Personal_Pages
pics to BYC: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=52145
a BYC Page in 20 seconds: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=75877

the process of how we get your coops rated / ranked and listed on the coops pages of BYC:

At the end of the contest we go through the process of creating thumbnails, sorting the coops by size, and adding them to the database. It is a long and manual process, so we tend to do them all at once and at the end of the contest. We use the contest to group them together into one place so we can crank through them all at one time.

So, to get your coop page on the Index of coops pages of BYC:

1) Create a coop page
2) Submit it to the current coop contest
3) Wait for the contest to end

We'll complete the manual process above, declare the winners, and add all the coops to the various coop pages♠

Alan M

8 Years
Mar 3, 2011
I'm still in the thick of the build, but with any luck it's be populated by the time this contest is called to a close...

Its very much a "what have we got lying around the garden" approach, but having to spend some money where its important.
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