Ended - Coop Page Contest Fall/Winter 2011 - Win $20 BYC Store Gift Cert.


BYC Staff
16 Years
Dec 26, 2006
California - SF East Bay
My Coop
My Coop
UPDATE: Winners Announced CLICK HERE!

This BYC contest is brought to you by our sponsors. Please visit them and thank them for their support of BYC: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-supplies

Get 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 page contest winner!)

Contest Details:

This is a contest to see who can create the best coop page for BYC. We define the "best coop page" to mean pages with the most information, pictures, plans, details, etc. that will be very helpful to others who want to build a coop. We don't care if your coop was made out of recycled pallets and was made in 2 days, or if it was made out of the highest grade materials, took 5 months, and is a scale model of the Taj Mahal. We want helpful and informative pages!

The winner of the contest will get a $20 Gift Certificate for the BYC Store!

You'll be using the BYC Page & Article 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.
UPDATE: Contest will end on Sunday 3/25/2012

Things to include in your page:
  1. Start with a finished coop picture at the top of your page
  2. Have a write-up of how you built your coop. Include any information you think would be helpful to other people who may want to build a similar coop.
  3. If you have them, include designs & plans you used to build your coop.
  4. Pictures of your coop as it was being constructed.
  5. Finished pictures of your coop.
  6. A list of things you want to change or add to your coop.
  7. Additional information about what you learned, what you'd do differently the next time, and any other tips for potential coop builders.

To increase your chances of winning the contest, make sure it has as many 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 plans available. If you post plans (rough or detailed) of your coop you'll get bonus points for sure!
4) Pictures - We all love lots of big beautiful and helpful pictures!
5) Remember, this is a contest for the most helpful coop build page and not the best looking coop.

IMPORTANT RULE: ALL pictures MUST be uploaded to BYC (not hosted on other sites like Photobucket, personal websites, etc.

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

  1. Navigate to the "coop designs" section of the site.
  2. Scroll below the thumbnails of coops and to the middle left of the page you will see a button for "Add a Coop Design" Click that button and give the page a title.
  3. Create a very helpful page with lots of pictures and information.
  4. Reply to this thread with a link to your coop page you created.
  5. 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'd still love to have your pictures posted to a BYC page and a link to your page posted in this thread... the more coop designs the better!

To get your coop page on the Index of coops pages of BYC:

1) Create a coop page following the steps above
2) Reply to this thread with a link to your coop
3) Wait for the contest to end

Please keep in mind that adding coops to our coop index is a long and manual process, so we tend to do them all at once and at the end of the contest.

We look forward to seeing your coop pages, pictures, and information!!

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8 Years
May 17, 2011
Here's Our Coop.
Back Yard Chicken and all it's members made it possible. We are new to chickens and without you "experts" and your willingness to share your knowledge, talents and personal experience we would be lost. So, thank you for your support and kind words. Although my children think we are "Nuts" I know you understand completely.
-Tamara & Brian

Erin K

8 Years
Aug 3, 2011
Don't show this to my chickens! They will feel like they live in the chicken ghetto after seeing this luxury! Sooooo pretty.


8 Years
May 17, 2011
Simply B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!! Great job!

Are the nesting boxes open on the inside? If not how do you have that built? We are in the process of finishing our coop. I absolutly love this!

I believe the first picture shows how we rough framed the nesting boxes. The second to last picture shows how they look from the inside of the coop. The roof is hinged and lifts up to gather the eggs from outside. Hope this is what you were asking about.

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