Building Chicken Coops For Dummies

By Todd Brock   |   Published On: Aug 9, 2010
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Get all cooped up with everything you need to know to build the most essential tool for raising chickens―the chicken coop―with the Wiley Building Chicken Coops For Dummies. While keeping chickens has become trendy, this complete guide provides tried-and-true, practical guidance on how to properly house chickens, whether you’re a beginner wanting to get into a back-to-basics lifestyle or a seasoned poulterer looking to improve the efficiency of your flock.

Whether you want to expand your potential for urban homesteading or are looking to have a sustainable source of chicken eggs in your own backyard, you’ll need to know how to properly and safely keep chickens. In this book, you’ll find the information you need to build the most cost-efficient, safe, sustainable, and easy-on-the-eye enclosures for your backyard flock. Best of all, it’s full of easy-to-follow plans that are customizable depending on your needs and available space, including detailed material lists, instructions, troubleshooting, schematic plans and enhancement ideas for building a wide array of different chicken coop styles.

About the Author

Todd Brock: Todd Brock has written, directed, and produced more than 1,000 episodes of television programming. His shows on topics ranging from landscaping to home renovations to gardening have been broadcast nationally on major networks including HGTV, DIY Network, and PBS, and locally in one of the country's Top 10 TV markets.

Dave Zook: Dave Zook, his wife, Suz, and their four children, Justin, Jordan, Jenika, and Javon, live on several acres in rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He is the founder/owner of Horizon Structures, a manufacturer of pre-built storage sheds, garages, horse barns, and chicken coops.

Rob Ludlow: Rob Ludlow, his wife, Emily, and their two beautiful daughters, Alana and April, are the perfect example of the suburban family with a small flock of backyard chickens. Like countless others, what started out as a fun hobby raising a few egg-laying machines has almost turned into an addiction.

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  • Dimensions
    9.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight
    1.2 pounds
  • Edition
    1st Edition
  • Format
  • ISBN-10
  • ISBN-13
  • Pages
  • Subject
  • Author
    Todd Brock, Dave Zook, Robert T. Ludlow
  • Publication Date
    Aug 9, 2010
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Table of Contents


Part I: All Cooped Up.

  • Chapter 1: Flocking to Your Own Chicken Coop.

  • Chapter 2: Beginning with Housing Basics.

  • Chapter 3: Gathering Your Gear.

  • Chapter 4: Deciding on Materials.

  • Chapter 5: Building Your Carpentry Skills.

Part II: Constructing a Coop.

  • Chapter 6: Preparing the Site.

  • Chapter 7: Laying the Lumber: Framing 101.

  • Chapter 8: Adding Walls, Doors, Windows, and a Roof.

  • Chapter 9: Building Creature Comforts.

  • Chapter 10: Assembling a Run.

  • Chapter 11: Plugged In: Basic Electricity for Your Coop.

Part III: Checking Out Coop Plans.

  • Chapter 12: The Minimal Coop.

  • Chapter 13: The Alpine A-Frame.

  • Chapter 14: The Urban Tractor.

  • Chapter 15: The All-in-One.

  • Chapter 16: The Walk-In.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

  • Chapter 17: Ten or So Things Novice Coop-Builders Would Have Done Differently.

  • Chapter 18: Ten or So Cool Ideas to Trick Out Your Coop.



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