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

    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:

    great video can be found here:

    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)!

  2. Terri O

    Terri O Crowing

    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!
    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
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  3. ParadiseFoundFarm

    ParadiseFoundFarm Goddess of Good Things

    Jul 6, 2010
    Joliet, IL
    Fantastic Nifty!
    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]
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  4. WriterChick

    WriterChick In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2011
    [​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):


    and progress on my blog:
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  5. rittert3

    rittert3 Songster

    May 1, 2009
    Ks (Manhattan area)
    great videos thank you for posting
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  6. lemondsm

    lemondsm Chirping

    Aug 9, 2010
    Yulee, FL
    Thanks for the links. I like that website as well.
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  7. tjbabies

    tjbabies In the Brooder

    Sep 24, 2011
    Tehachapi CA
    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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  8. IRChicken

    IRChicken In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2011
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  9. JahDW

    JahDW In the Brooder

    May 18, 2011
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  10. Desert Plum

    Desert Plum In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2009
    So. Calif desert area
    [​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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