Two Great Videos - Building Chicken Coops for Dummies

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Nifty-Chicken, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Hopefully y'all know that "Building Chicken Coops for Dummies " is the official chicken coop book of BYC! I think it is the best book out there for building chicken coops. Of course, I might be a bit biased since I helped write it! [​IMG]

    We worked hard to take the top question and issues raised in the coops section of the BYC forum and cram them, and a handful of great plans into the book.

    Here is a fun promotional video for the book: http://bcove.me/6fgd4sh0

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    great video can be found here: http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/episode210/

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    only does the video above have fantastic information about raising backyard chickens, at about the 11:00 minute mark in the video you can see the co-author of the book, Todd Brock, walks through building one of my favorite coop designs in the book, "The Minimal Coop"! I pushed REALLY hard to get a coop design in the book that had the lowest cost, least amount of cuts, and least amount of waste. The results are a super basic coop that costs only about $200 to build (plans found in the book on page 186)!

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  2. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    WOW Rob...imagine my surprise when I checked out t "the minimal coup" and realized that it is very similar to one I build myself! [​IMG] Yours is a it better though and I might make the modification of having a large door that opens...I opted for a window and it is really hard to get in there to clean it out!
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    I built mine out of found materials and it only cost actual money for the hardware! Isnt this hobby a blast? Thanks for this great place to share and learn! Terri O
     
  3. ParadiseFoundFarm

    ParadiseFoundFarm Goddess of Good Things

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    Fantastic Nifty!
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    I ordered it just for the fun of it. We are well established here with coops and tractors and free range runs, but you can always learn more!
    I LOVED the first video with the narrating cartoon rooster. Very well made. Congratulations. [​IMG]
     
  4. WriterChick

    WriterChick Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] I wish I had seen this BEFORE I started building! I started the Minimal last weekend (it's actually part of a whole "hen palace" - a covered porch flanked by two Minimals from the book - I added a chicken door to each, and I'm installing a shingled roof).

    Check out my plans (each square is 2 feet square):

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    and progress on my blog: http://cricklewoodfarm.com/blog
     
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  5. rittert3

    rittert3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    great videos thank you for posting
     
  6. lemondsm

    lemondsm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the links. I like that website as well.
     
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    My book is in the mail. I can't wait to get it and get started if only hubby would trust me with his power tools - I think I could actually do this myself..[​IMG]
    Thanks for the info.
     
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    [​IMG] [​IMG] Love it! I have a coop in mind but I'm getting this anyway as you can not have too much info on chicken housing.
     

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