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:
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
|Kippen House Garden Roof Chicken Coop
Photography (c) Erin Kunkel. Used with permission of Storey Publishing
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!
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