Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Book Review: Reinventing The Chicken Coop (plus a giveaway!)

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by Rebecca Nickols from the garden-roof coop

I'm rather fortunate when it comes to having my own personal handy-man / carpenter at my disposal. My husband can create and construct just about anything. And.. when it comes to "Cool Coops" he came up with one of the most unique chicken coops I've ever seen! - Click on this link to check out our special coop:  Living Roof Coops.

However, it hasn't always been this way...  Over the 27+ years that we have been married I've watched my husband evolve from taking an entire day to repair a leaky faucet to being the craftsman behind our side business, Rebecca's Bird Gardens.  Also, check out the article (including constructing plans) he wrote for Grit magazine on his awesome Automatic Chicken Feeder!

So, when I received my copy of the book Reinventing the Chicken Coop:14 Original Designs with Step-by-Step Building Instructions by Matthew Wolpe and Kevin McElroy, I asked my husband, Jeff, to share his thoughts and opinions of this new coop-designing book. Here's his review:

Book Review: Reinventing The Chicken Coop

by Jeff Nickols

Great book! I liked the fact that the book begins with a section on the basics of a chicken coop or what a chicken needs in their housing set-up. Also included is a list of tools, lumber selections and a few "tricks of the trade" that will help you during the coop building process. 

I appreciated the fact that the coops featured were not only innovative and unusual ideas, but most focused on a functional chicken coop--not just something fun to look at. With the variety of plans offered I think just about anyone could find a coop to construct at their skill level.

The book is divided into three levels of carpentry "know how" -  beginner, intermediate and advanced.
For the novice DIY'er, the standard A-Frame coop would be a great weekend project for a small coop that would fit well into a backyard urban setting.

If you're a weekend warrior with a few more skills, then a couple of the intermediate designs stood out as my top choices. First, I have always been fascinated with log cabins--which dates back to the Lincoln Logs I had as a child. The Modern Log Cabin Coop's design is such a solid construction that I'm sure it will last longer than your hens will lay eggs!

Modern Log Cabin Coop -  Photography (c) Erin Kunkel.
 Used with permission of Storey Publishing
Next, the Kippen House Garden Roof Chicken Coop was one of my favorites (probably because I have a soft spot in my heart for green roof designs)...  This coop is not only multifunctional, but the simple modular structure could be easily added on to if you wanted to expand the coop or run in the future.

Kippen House Garden Roof Chicken Coop
 Photography (c) Erin Kunkel. Used with permission of Storey Publishing
Under the advanced skills section, the Container Coop--which is actually a modified shipping container--is the ultimate example of re-purposing. I'm sure this coop could double as a storm shelter for not only your flock, but your family!  

Even if you don't build one of coops featured, the book is full of ideas and examples that you could easily incorporate into your own coop design.   -Jeff Nickols

Now for the good part! Storey Publishing is graciously offering one of our readers a copy of this great coop-building book! Just leave your name and email address in a comment below and you'll be included in a random drawing for the giveaway. In two weeks I'll announce a winner!

Do you have a "Cool Coop" you'd like to share? Email me at:  RNickols@communitychickens.com
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307 comments:

  1. James A Mayo
    23536 Piedras Road
    Perris, CA. 92570
    magtech1@msn.com

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  2. Sounds like a very interesting read. I would love to have it. Thank you for the chance.
    kparsonshunter@suddenlink.net

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  3. I am just starting out with chickens and would love the book, from the review i think it would be a good resource for someone who's choosing to not only think, but live outside the box...

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  4. Dorothy Hines
    dotshines@hotmail.com
    Sounds like a great book!

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  5. Lynette Mattke
    lmattke@picpocketbooks.com
    I just convinced my sister into getting her own chickens, so I would love to see the book! Thanks for the chance.

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  6. Lynette Mattke
    lmattke@picpocketbooks.com
    I just convinced my sister into getting her own chickens, so I would love to see the book! Thanks for the chance.

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  7. Looks like a really cool book! I have 51 chickens brooding in my basement right now (they turned 6 weeks old today!) and am about to build a 200 square foot coop! I need all the ideas I can get!

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  8. I would look forward to adding this book to our beginner's library...

    mjb318@aol.com

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  9. Cindy Mooney
    cindeloowhoo@hotmail.com

    We have a really sad looking coop, but we are hopefully going to build a new one this spring.

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  10. Alena Denton Thompson
    aldntn@consolidated.net
    Starting construction here(central IL) soon for a chicken coop, still lots to learn, newby/first-timer.

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  11. I love the whole idea of actually repurposing something into something else like a chicken coop. Sounds like an interesting book! Anne G. (NCHillbillyGirl@aol.com)

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  12. We're having to rethink our setup after a fox visited the garden ... buckleyl@hotmail.co.uk

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  13. Rich Hutchinson
    rhutch888@yahoo.com

    Looks like a great book full of creative ideas.

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  14. Robert Fetterolf
    mightybob7@comcast.net

    I can't wait to read the book, even if I don't win!

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  15. would love to read this book !
    Angel
    mystic1396@yahoo.com

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  16. Getting ready to move to the mountains and will need another coop! I would love this book! Thanks for the wonderful giveaways!

    Donna
    nativefloridagirl@yahoo.com

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  17. My hubby will begin construction on our first ever chicken coop this spring. We'd love a copy of this book.

    Astrid Gordon
    astridgordon@yahoo.com

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  18. THANK YOU...that would be wonderful!

    Mary Gilbert
    Fiatwom10@gmail.com

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  19. Storey Publishing produces great books and I'm sure this book is right there with the rest of them. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway! I'm sure whoever wins will benefit greatly! (Kim.duvall@gmail.com)

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  20. Ooooo...I hope I win! I hope I win! I hope I win!

    I have been putting this book in my cart at Amazon, taking it out, and putting it back in again for about a week now. I want this book, but I am trying so hard not to overspend on my new, er, I mean my children's new hobby/4-H project--raising chickens. I googled reviews for the book today, trying once again to decide if I should buy another book on raising chickens, and your blog was the first site that I looked at! It must be an omen.

    I hope I win! I hope I win! I hope I win!

    Stacy Picard
    ms.stacypicard@gmail.com

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  21. Ooooo...I hope I win! I hope I win! I hope I win!

    I have been putting this book in my cart at Amazon, taking it out, and putting it back in again for about a week now. I want this book, but I am trying so hard not to overspend on my new, er, I mean my children's new hobby/4-H project--raising chickens. I googled reviews for the book today, trying once again to decide if I should buy another book on raising chickens, and your blog was the first site that I looked at! It must be an omen.

    I hope I win! I hope I win! I hope I win!

    Stacy Picard
    ms.stacypicard@gmail.com

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  22. Love the book and the review! Thanks for running the contest.
    Katia
    farmerkatia@yahoo.com

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  23. I'm bugging my husband for some chickens. He would love this book for ideas. Thanks for the chance to win one.

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  24. I'd love to win this book! Genny Best, bestbee1420@gmail.com

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  25. I would love to win. At some point in the next year we will have to re-build our a frame chicken coop! So ideas are always welcome!

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  26. Oh, I would love to win this book. My husband and I built our coop out of Pergo pallets last year, but we are looking to build another coop, since we are getting ducks and geese this year. mags247@gmail.com

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  27. I love this site and often read the others listed as well. I am just completing my first years with chickens. We have 6 and it has been a great year. I too have stories but for now I am concerned about a case of the "runs" my buff has been experiencing for awhile now. I keep fresh water and a clean coop {for the most part}. Their diet is strickly non-GMO with lots of discarded greens from the grocery store or weeds that I pick (they are better than my compost pile!). Physically cleaning this messy bird is traumatic but it doesn't go away on its own. Any suggestions on clearing the "runs) and methods used to clean this area would be appreciated. I wouldn't want to lose this girl.

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  28. I am in the self education stage before buying chicks. This book has grabbed my attention. This is a very helpful site. Thanks

    sunsetruthie@icloud.com

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  29. Stephanie Thurow
    rockydoo09(at)gmail(dot)com
    We don't have one yet but hope to build one this year.

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  30. This book looks awesome!
    Sarah
    soluckyducky at gmail dtcom

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  31. I would like to win this so i can get some tips. damndago1@yahoo.com

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  32. I would like to have this book.I am getting chickens next month. thomson_snyder@yahoo.com

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  33. I've been researching chickens and their needs for over a year now and i think this would be a helpful addition to my research. i hope to have my own backyard flock soon but i want to make sure i have everything ready first.

    Heather
    heathermarieg68@hotmail.com

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  34. Looks like a great book.

    James Edel
    jpesales@gmail.com

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  35. This is the year we're getting chickens! And my husband is a handy guy, so we'd love to win! This would be great to get our 7 year old to help build our coop, too.
    Paula
    Aponiwriter@yahoo.com

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  36. Jewell Ford
    jewellford@hotmail.com

    It sounds like you have an amazing and creative husband. I'm looking forward to reading your book.

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  37. L Robinson
    lindsayr@ucr.edu

    Thank you very much for the opportunity to win this wonderful book!

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  38. Edie Sodowsky micah68woman@yahoo.com

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  39. Jonathan Goodpasture

    goodpasture@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  40. Patsy
    rmsrosedawson@hotmail.com
    Thanks Storey Publishing!

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  41. I'd love to read this book!
    Tammie Cappuccio
    cspots@netzero.net

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  42. Bobbie Gore
    kerrvillegrandma@yahoo.com

    I would love to win the book. Even more, I would love to know how you get your husband motivated to build these wonderful coops?

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  43. Would like to have this book to motivate my husband.
    Freda
    faldridge123@yahoo.com

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  44. The only thing more beautiful than the coop, is that Silver Laced Polish hen on the book's cover =-) Grace McCain graceinapril@gmail.com

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  45. Stacy B
    reallytall2@yahoo.com

    Would love a copy of the book. Building a coop this spring so we can add chickens to our farm.

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  46. tim hammond timhammond@care2.com

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  47. I would love a copy of this book. We are getting our first chickens in April and still need to build a coop. Your book is just what I am looking for. Lisa slverizzi@msn.com

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  48. If I have a book with a pattern, maybe my hubby will build me one!
    Brenda Myers
    bmyers54@gmail.com

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  49. I would love a copy of this book :-)
    Jin : sixxkillers@aol.com

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  50. Awesome! The garden roof coop is totally awesome! carmankmathotmaildotcom

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  51. Sounds like a great book. I need a new house for my girls. Thanks for the chance to win the book.
    Deb Mason
    dsm326@aol.com

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  52. Sounds like if I don't win a copy of the book I may have buy it.
    steveandmarcy@windstream.net

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  53. Rebecca Gray gray.15@osu.edu

    Love to build my own coop!

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  54. Rebecca Gray gray.15@osu.edu

    Love to build my own coop!

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  55. On our farm, we never seem to have enough housing for poultry. This book will be a great tool. I especially love the idea of planting on top of the chicken house. Great idea for us older folks. Sue Neal, wiccawayfarm@aol.com

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  56. larlyn3@verizon.net
    Lynn Smith
    P.O. Box 236
    Jamesville, VA.23398

    Love the look of the coops- now mine need to be updated. We have three coops but our chickens seem to like our garage the best. Maybe if their coops were more attractive, they would relinquish the garage back to us.

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  57. Jim Legner
    7202 Goldenrod Ct
    Wausau, Wi 54401

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  58. Jason Mullins
    brojasonmullins@yahoo.com
    16750 N Ozark Ave
    Trumann, AR 724772

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  59. I always enjoy your posts
    Jim Admire
    JLAdmire at comcast dotnet

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  60. I am in process of purchasing a baby farm thatdoes not have an existing chicken coop. I know that I will find one that will be fun to build and make into my chicken's motel. Sure hope I win this book!!!!!!!!

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  61. L. bryant
    lab1281@hotmail.com

    Great way to dream!!!

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  62. Oops! I didn't realize I wouldn't get a chance to put in my peersonal info until after I hit "publish". I NEED this book- in process of buying a baby farm and my number one project is to get my own chickens but housing wil be a problem without this book! jjtsemom@yahoo.com

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  63. Sounds like an interesting book!
    Radcliffe Cutshaw rcutshaw@hotmail.com

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  64. I would love this book. My DH has built our coops, and he does a great job. More ideas are always welcome.
    Bette Franke
    435 S. Line St.
    Chesaning, MI 48616

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  65. Moving soon and would like to raise a flock. This book would be great to build the ideal coop for my "girls"......larosbm@live.com

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  66. Jack Melkerson
    melkersj@hotmail.com

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  67. Just introduced my Sister, who is a great gardener, to 8 laying chicks, we really need the book to construct her a loving and living coop!
    Roxanne Ladner
    rxladner@ bellsouth.net

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  68. Trying to renovate the chicken yard used by my late grandparents and other relatives from about 1915 until 1990, and abandoned since. This book would be helpful. Thank you.
    pollycoe@bellsouth.net

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  69. Matt Carroll
    makaio.matt@gmail.com

    This book would be just what I need!

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  70. My chickens want this book.

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  71. Sarah B.
    sarahslennyb at yahoo.com

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  72. Excellent review of very inspiring coops. Thanks, Melody melodyweav@aol.com

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  73. Brian O'Sullivan
    sullio61@gmail.com

    My chickens want this book. (Take 2)

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  74. My daughter needs this book so she can adopt my older hens!
    Carol
    Ilikehorses56@gmail.com

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  75. Rachel
    homesteadingquest@gmail.com

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  76. I think the coops shown are novel, but I wish someone would do a book about sheltering 20 or 30 or even 50 or more birds, and not just the "cute little coops" we always see. That said, I'd like to be thrown in the mix for the book!

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  77. Carolyn
    tows4@msn.com

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  78. YES! This sounds like a great book! I love thinking outside the box or in this case the chicken coop!

    Brian Moyers
    moyersbrian@gmail.com

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  79. I'm always being asked to get more chickens in which case I would need a larger coop. Any ideas would be helpful. Thank you!

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  80. My chickens have a pretty basic coop right now (they can't free range anymore because we have a lot of foxes in our area that were killing them), but I hope in the next year or two to build a bigger coop and be able to have even more cluckers! jlh774@gmail.com

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  81. vatter@mugglenet.com

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  82. dale Hofmann
    dale.hofmann@gmail.com

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  83. Sounds like my kind of reading. I love to create new things from old discards.
    D Barker
    oldboss_2000@yahoo.com

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  84. Judy
    judye@gvtel.com

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  85. Looks like an interesting read.

    Paul Molnar
    pmmolnar@gmail.com

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  86. I definitely need this book.... keeping fingers crossed!
    vblakely8@yahoo.com

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  87. Tim Brown
    Tbrown3589@hotmail.com

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  88. Justin Howell
    justindh@iwon.com

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  89. J Johnson
    ourpatchofheaven@sbcglobal.net

    Our coop is incorporated below a treehouse - the treehouse is the 'roof' and the hens are below. Too bad the hens have to put up with various pirate raids, cowboy vs. injun insurrections, civil war artillery (i.e. confetti shooter canon) and such! They take it in stride. Good hens!

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  90. name is birdman59, address birdman59@hughes.net. I have been doing chickens for 8 years and am still learning something new everyday from them. Would love your book, been a work in progress with my coop, still trying and building ever spring.

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  91. N Miller
    norahann@aol.com

    What a great book to add a bit of creativity to the chicken run. Our girls have quite the run at the moment and love when we work in the yard, they get the run of the property then.

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  92. Beka Hennessey
    bekahennessey@gmail.com

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  93. Shelley Pierce
    upstate_new_yorker at yahoo.com

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  94. Thank you.
    Stuart H.
    smhammerle@yahoo.com

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  95. L. Winegar
    btwljw@gmail.com

    We have a brand new barn that my husband and our family is building, made of steel. The chickens love the nice space and the nest boxes that my husband built. this book sounds very good. I have some friends who want to build a small coop, they would enjoy the book.

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  96. Mark Sachs
    papamarky@aol.com

    I'm ready to start building.

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  97. Marie Morgan-Roth
    3852 Perry Ave N
    Robbinsdale, MN 55422

    marie_roth@msn.com

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  98. We are hoping to build our coop this Spring ☺

    Mary Mowery
    ShanghaiedMary@Yahoo.com

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  99. Susan Dobbins
    suedobbins@aol.com
    Looks like some very innovative and yet simple designs, hope I win one! Thanks

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  100. I would love this book, I want to do farming with all kinds of birds and this may help! : )
    Amanda Culley-Carr
    wolvesbabe84@yahoo.com

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  101. I am just begining to get chickens, need all the tips I can get. I would love to have your book..

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  102. Ruth Wagner
    wagnerruth@yahoo.com

    I would lov to have your book.

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  103. Love to have this book! It looks like there are some really great ideas there!

    Lee Seese
    lseese@comcast.net

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  104. I'm planning on building chicken, turkey, and water fowl coops this spring.

    Sandra Reed
    sscombs3@yahoo.com

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  105. Looks like a good book.
    AppyHorsey@windstream.net
    Deloris
    aka: AppyHorsey

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  106. Ooh Ooh! Pick me! I am always plotting a new, cool coop. Someday I might even get one.
    Kathy G
    earthsong@bendnet.com

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  107. Very nice looking coops---will make my neighbors happy, and that is important in my town, which is close to allowing backyard chickens.
    You book would be perfect for me since I'm a handy guy....

    Thanks,

    Wayne Johnson
    wayne@mainstreetstudio.com

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  108. We were successful when living in Maine in raising chickens and now that we are transplanted to the south - would like to start raising them again, especially since we live in the country and feel that having one's own fresh eggs daily is a step closer to controlling healthy food for us. Would love to be able to glean from this book that sounds like it has wonderful ideas for starting once again! :)

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  109. Excited to raise chickens in the near future, this book would help alot! Thank you for the opportunity! Good luck everyone!
    Natalie Erickson crosoldier@earthlink.net

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  110. Opps - sorry didn't leave our name and email address for the transplanted southerners from Maine!

    Barbara & Clem Desso
    bdesso@centurylink.net

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  111. I'm just getting started. This book looks like a must have.
    Pn2606@att.net
    Mary Jane Cassandras

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  112. I love the concept of a garden on a coop! Great ideas! Thank you for sharing all that you do!
    Kate Wilson
    Katn7lives@gmail.com

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  113. These are really great ideas! I've never built anything like them, but am anxious to try. My chickie girls have been living in a repurposed dog house! :) I'd love a copy of the book.

    Thanks,
    Bonnie Earnhardt
    bmesmer@gmail.com

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  114. Thank you for the opportunity- looks like a great book!
    Heather Rodman
    h_rodman@yahoo.com

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  115. Brian Collinge
    bric82577@gmail.com

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  116. Andrew Pierce
    andrew.pierce0@gmail.com

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  117. Thanks so much for the opportunity! We're hosting a beginner's backyard chickens workshop, and I would love to have the book as a prize!
    Mindy Knappenberger
    mindyknappenberger@gmail.com

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  118. Amy Schauland
    amyable80@yahoo.com

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  119. Looks great!
    Aysa Morehead
    aysaelizabeth@yahoo.com
    Thanks!

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  120. Becky Scanlon
    raven37030@yahoo.com

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  121. Thank you!
    Tina Gosnell
    northriverranch@gmail.com

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  122. Would love to have this book and build a lovely covey for my girls!!! Linda Misak garynlindami@yahoo.com

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  123. Always love reading chicken books! Would LOVE to win!

    Pickle1483@aol.com

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  124. Thanks!
    Robbie Chandler
    Sunnyside34@live.com

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  125. Rhonda Compton

    peacefulperspective@live.com

    Thank you for the opportunity

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  126. Great ideas!!

    BJ Murray
    bj33murray@yahoo.com

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  127. Looks wonderful, I will be building 3 new coop/hoop runs for my birds this year, any new ideas are welcome. I would love the book.
    Vicki Weinrich- kuunoita@yahoo.com

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  128. Jen Keeler
    jenkeeler82@yahoo.com

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  129. Please enter me in this contest as I am ned ing to build a new chicken coop.

    Kelli Dornblaser
    ktammen63@hotmail.com

    Thank you so very much.

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  130. I think this book would be a big help for me since I am wanting to raise chickens. thanks for a chance.
    Carrie P.
    cdsp@juno.com

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  131. Sherry Preston
    hummingbird48@ymail.com
    thank you for the chance to win the book.

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  132. Maria Reaser
    mareaser@yahoo.com

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  133. Sounds interesting. I love new designs that are functional.
    PK
    Patti Koranda
    pjkorand@ilstu.edu

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  134. Thank you for the opportunity!
    Jason Malcom
    jaybodrummer@hotmail.com

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  135. I'd love to get my hands on this book!

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  136. Please enter me in the contest!
    Scott Barth
    scott.barth@gmail.com

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  137. I love your site.
    Nellie Blackburn
    kokorottiemom@yahoo.com

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  138. Very intersting!
    Rose Rowella
    leahlliam@yahoo.com

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  139. andy at andyw7777@live.com Iam new tohaving chickens and using the compture. my wife and I want to get chickens this spring and i want to build a coop. this book is one Iam going to need to help me do it right. keep up the goodwork

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  140. Thanks for the great information.

    Judy Jacobs
    judy.beth@comcast.net

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  141. Looks like great reading.

    nancylschliesser@gmail.com

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  142. Nate Bratton
    natebratton@yahoo.com

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  143. ginaandtheboyz@sbcglobal.net

    Looks like a fun idea book on how to enhance the appearance of the plain chicken coop.

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  144. Cool!
    Michelle Burris
    michelleburris1@yahoo.com

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  145. Candice Andreason
    candi@eugenemailbox.com

    I'm excited to read it sometime!

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  146. anna
    aquiverattheriver@yahoo.com

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  147. I'm in! Tracyd.Scott@gmail.com

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  148. Awesome!

    Michele Bergeson
    meshebe8@aim.com

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  149. John Mansky
    JRMansky@yahoo.com

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  150. James Lamb
    hivesandhoney4u@yahoo.com

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  151. I would love a chance to win this book,I have to try to build a few breeder coops this spring
    Bonnie Boyer
    bazriel@gmail.com

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  152. Thanks so much! This looks like a fantastic resource for us newbies. :)

    bethwade1 at gmail dot com

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  153. Going to get some chicks this spring would love to have the book.

    georgegobble24@cox.net

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  154. Sue M.
    Looks like a great book full of ideas!

    almend@clearwire.net

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  155. David Draney
    dodraney@gmail.com

    I look forward to each community chicken email that I receive, and have stock piled a collection of articles, for when I get my chickens. For the last two years I haven't been in a position that I could have my own hens, so I have had to enjoy my neighbors and sisters birds. Within the next four to six months I hope to be in a position where I can build a coop and prepare for my first flock.

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  156. Really looks like a GREAT book & would be put to good use as we expand our flock
    Nbphonehome@msn.com

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  157. Sounds like a cool book.

    James Celichowski
    kybigft@gmail.com

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  158. Milton Platt
    1422 Wagon Gap Trail
    Houston, TX 77090

    mjplatt@hotmail.com

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  159. Teresa Salerno
    teresagroup@yahoo.com

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  160. Wow I would like to try my hand at Chickens one of these Days... This would be an ideal Book to build them a Great Place to roost, lay eggs and make fertilizer for my Garden... I sure would like to win this Book...
    wthomp@windstream.net

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  161. I would love to have this book as my husband and I are exploring the possibilities of having our own backyard flock - soon. However, I am reluctant to leave my e-mail addy. In leiu of, however, I hope you might accept my web site? http://makingoursustainablelife.com
    I do have a question...... what about neighborhood cats? Do I have to worry about them terrorizing my free-range backyard chickens?

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  162. Vicky Myers farmerfanny@msn.com

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  163. I would enjoy reading your book. Fairly new at these chickens, and all information is greatly appreciated.
    Krystal Ross
    poncaross10@yahoo.com

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  164. W G Rice
    1116 Webster Ave
    Orlando,Florida 32804

    looks informative AND interesting

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  165. LINDA MITCHELL lscmit@aol.com
    I would love the opportunity to win this informative and beautiful book.

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  166. ring.dana@yahoo.com i have been wanting to get a chicken coop started like my family had years ago

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  167. Karin Vilanova
    kvgraphik@att.net
    This would be a great way for me to start this endeavor! :)

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  168. Cecilia Beasley
    cebbird@yahoo.com
    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

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  169. I love the photos that you have here.. love the opportunity to win the
    book..

    Monica Willbrandt
    2274 Venus Rd
    Kernersville, NC 27284
    mokeisa@aol.com

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  170. This sounds wonderful, I'm hoping to start raising hens this year! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  171. jessicas.cake@yahoo.com
    I also have a carpenter/farmer husband, but he isn't always so excited to build one of my "crazy ideas" lol! I have had chickens for 4 years now, and they are in a retro-designed hog building, complements of my wonderful husband. In the spring when chicks are big enough, they go outside to the large rabbit cage my husband built as a kid (moved 2x a day) until they are incorporated into the flock. I would love to have your book!
    ~jessica

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  172. molli vandehey
    molliwantstowin@gmail.com

    my family is JUSt starting our endeavour as community farmers and we can use all the help we can get , realizing our dream...from advice to instructions to equipment. we hope to have a CSA that will offer not only veggies but meats and eggs and a full diet for people that will be available on a barter basis as well as cash..... our goal is to be sustainable, not rich in funds... :)

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  173. Sounds like a great book!
    Tricia McAtee
    mcateemenagerie@yahoo.com

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  174. Darryl Pendergrass
    pgrass101@yahoo.com

    My wife and I have been wanting to get chickens

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  175. Thank you
    Jean Williams
    jmb4856@gmail.com

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  176. Thank you
    Sheila Junso
    sjunso@centurytel.net

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  177. Barb Simeon
    the simeons 1990 at yahoo dot com

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  178. Would love to explore building a Chicken Coop!
    Chris Meyer
    Meyerc1604@aol.com

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  179. RON MORRIS
    ACADDRAFTING4U@YAHOO.COM

    MY SON HAS A DUEL INTEREST: HE HAS RECENTLY DECIDED HE LOVES WOODWORKING AND WANTS TO RAISE CHICKENS. SO HE WOULD LIKE US TO BUILD A COOP. THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN THIS BOOK.

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  180. Tony Reynolds
    tonyr@night.net

    Our family just became the proud parents of five chicks. I new coup is in order. The book sounds great!
    TR

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  181. jlh7btn@yahoo.com

    Isn't the Internet marvelous. Normal ratio is 10% of those viewing will actually take part in anything; this should make you feel good about your number of viewers. We are currently just in the research stage of owning chickens. Right now our CSA provides our fresh eggs as well as supplementing our garden produce. Your husband's review of the book makes me even more interested in it. I keep entering all the Mother Earth News contests but so far I'm still without a coop. giggle. The one with the green roof sounds right to me. Thank you for all your great articles. You are an inspiration to those of us just getting started.

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  182. I want to rebuild my chicken coop.

    222popeye222@gmail.com

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  183. Deana Rogers
    2122 Merritt Rd
    Forestburg. Texas 76239
    dfwquiltr37@yahoo.com

    would love to surprise my daughter with a coop out of this book. She just moved out on her own and is wanting to get some chickens for her own yard but not till she can get a coop or have her dad build her one. Be fun to get one built with out her knowing and when she is at work set it up at her house with some baby chicks from the Hen and Roo she picked out to add to my flock. This way she and her boyfriend can have their own eggs and not steal mine when I need mine lol

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  184. Awesome, would love this book!!!

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  185. sharonbrotherton@hotmail.com

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  186. Just moved to the mountains, would love this book and I do have a very handy hubby!

    Amber
    lipstick007@rocketmail.com

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  187. plindlau@embarqmail.com
    I can see many other uses for soem of the pictured coops! Rabbit hutches anyone?

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  188. My chickens would love it if I won this book,Thanks Renee'(badcatx3@hotmail.com)

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  189. Erin Danzer
    ecdrebis@yahoo.com

    Sounds like a great book. However, is it geared at more than just the urban chicken keeper with 3 to 6 hens?

    Are there plans for people who keep flocks of 12 +? What about tractor designs?

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  190. Feel sorry for my birds in the barn after seeing these
    Lois Zambon
    ljozambon@gmail.com

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  191. This looks like a great book! My coop needs an update so it would come in handy, thanks for the chance to win! Henrietta Newman hnewman26 (AT) windstream (DOT) net

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  192. I like the designs.
    Scott Fair
    revscottfair@gmail.com

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  193. This will be my first year with chickens, and still don't have a coop, so this book would come in mighty handy!

    Thanks!

    Laurie

    lmpcarl@gmail.com

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  194. cassandra mccann


    star95011atyahoodotcom

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  195. Kayla Potega

    TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com


    Thank you so much for this great giveaway! :)

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