Building a coop is probably the biggest expense you’ll invest in keeping chickens. And it’s best to do it right the first time. If you have a well designed coop it will aid in ease of cleaning, protect your flock and add charm to your property. It’s good to do a lot of research before you begin. This Guide to Backyard Coops will cover topics like; things to consider before you build, elements to include in your coop, using re-purposed materials, and lots and lots of coop tours all categorized by design. It also covers ways to make cleaning your coop fast, easy and effective.
Things to consider before you get building.
This is a great list of posts that help you think about what to include in your coop before you start building. Many of these coop posts are from people who have raised chickens for years and have learned what works and what doesn’t. If you’re planning to build your first coop take advantage of their experience and know-how. These posts discuss design elements, checklists to make sure you include the important things, help with determining the size of your coop and even a book to check out, all about building coops.
Using re-purposed materials to build a coop can save you time and money. It also gives new life to something that might otherwise be considered trash. Learn how to alter existing structures into functional coops, use free materials in creative ways and open your expectations as to what a “typical” chicken coop can be.
These coop have amazing “green” elements about them. Whether it’s a living roof growing with chicken friendly plants, or a solar powered heating element. Learn how you can raise chickens and help the planet with your coop design.
These posts are all about making your coop charming. Pick up decorating ideas to make your coop unique, personal and beautiful! There’s even a Holiday tour of coops decorated for Christmas!
Chickens need more than four walls and a roof to keep them happy. Elements like roosts, nest boxes, outdoor runs and dust bath boxes all make for happy healthy chickens.
Also learn about using products like Linoleum, Tyvek and Plexiglass to make your coop functional.
Every coop needs roosts for chickens to sleep on at night. Take a look at some different roost options.
These posts break down the specifics of designing and building a coop for your flock.
Moving a Coop
Sometimes life changes and we must move to a new place, but that’s no reason to leave your chickens behind. Learn how to move with chickens and take your coop with you.
Coop tours are the best way to gather inspiration. Take these tours categorized by design and be inspired to build your dream coop
These coops have a bit of whimsy, whether it’s fantastic art work, beach themes, or colorful decoration.
These coops have an element of genius. They take functionality and design to a whole new level. Be inspired to make your coop truly unique.
These coops are adorable, yet functional. They would work in any backyard and offer great design and functionality.
These coops are just plain adorable. Any chicken would be considered lucky to live in one of these stylish coops.
Rustic Coops and Barn Themed Coops
These coops have more of a traditional barnyard feel. Whether it’s a classic barn red paint job, or a beautiful rustic stained wood.
Chicken tractors are wonderful for protecting your flock while allowing them to range around your yard. Check out these designs.
Even when you build a great coop, there’s always something that can be improved upon. Farms and flocks are always changing and the needs of your coop can change as well.
Coops with an inspiring story
These posts will help you carry out the dreaded chicken chore with ease. A fresh and clean environment is a healthy environment.
Cleaning checklists and maintenance
Learn different options for bedding use with these great posts. Learn the pros and cons of each.
Make DIY, natural cleaning products to keep your coop clean and smelling fresh.
Coop elements that make cleaning easier
These design elements help making cleaning your coop a snap!
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