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This month’s “Cool Coop” is probably the craziest, most original coop yet! It’s the ultimate example of repurposing or upcycling, and it’s a fully functioning coop as well! Continue to read as John L’Heureux from Litchfield, New Hampshire describes how this unusual coop came to be: My sister’s step son used to work for a Porta Potty […]Read more »
This month’s Cool Coop just might be the “Coolest” yet! Tom from Illinois used the architecture of his historic neighborhood as an inspiration for this unique coop. Continue reading as he describes the design and construction of his coop, “Tom’s Bird House”: Our goal for the coop was to incorporate it into the neighborhood. We live […]Read more »
This month’s “Cool Coop” is a great example of a doable DIY project. With some basic carpentry skills and determination, I think a lot of our readers could tackle this construction and create an equally functional and attractive coop. Our featured chicken keeper, Vicky of Texas, built this “Rustic / Whimsical Coop” out of re-purposed, left-over, donated […]Read more »
This Month’s “Cool Coop” is a wonderful example of how a small backyard project or hobby can – with a little creativity – become a thriving business. Continue reading as Pamela Adler describes how her backyard flock grew from providing not only her family with fresh eggs, but also friends and neighbors who enjoy her […]Read more »
This month’s “Cool Coop” promises to boldly go where no coop has gone before… Continue reading as Mike Ferrier from New England describes in detail the construction and launching of the USS EggSurprise: Figuring Out What We Needed We had barely started thinking about a coop when the chicks arrived. All seven of them were shipped […]Read more »
This month’s “Cool Coop” features a movable structure which allows the chicken keeper the ability to relocate the coop to different areas of their property. This feature takes advantage of the flock’s nutrient rich manure from being accumulated in a specific location. Their “fertilizer” can be deposited in different sections of the property by simply moving […]Read more »
This month’s “Cool Coop” will be much appreciated by the backyard duck enthusiasts of our Community! If you’ve never considered waterfowl – this setup just might change your mind. The creativity and uniqueness of this coop definitely rank it among our list of “Cool Coops”! Continue reading as Led Slinger shares the history and photos […]Read more »
The Wisconsin Mother Earth News Fair returns to West Bend, Wisconsin July 09-10, 2016. For tickets and more information, click here. I’ve had the pleasure of attending a few Mother Earth News Fairs throughout the country. They are hands down one of the best ways and places where you can quickly learn from others, […]Read more »
These days the gardens, back porches, side steps, railings and cellar ways are filling up with oversized squashes, odd baskets of cucumbers or buckets of green beans, stalks of garlic and ripening tomatoes. Here, too, the yards, coops, barns, garage and assorted sheds on the homestead are filled with various sizes of poultry! There is […]Read more »
As a gardener and a chicken keeper, I’m always trying new ways to coexist with my free ranging flock. I’ve given presentations through my local Extension Center and Master Gardener chapter on how I take advantage of the benefits of having backyard chickens (free fertilizer and pest control) and at the same time protect my […]Read more »