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Chicken Coops: 45 Building Plans for Housing Your Flock

Chicken Coops: 45 Building Plans for Housing Your Flock

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By (author) Judy Pangman

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  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 211mm x 274mm x 13mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 7 August 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Vermont
  • ISBN 10: 1580176275
  • ISBN 13: 9781580176279
  • Illustrations note: illustrations throughout with full-colour 16 page insert
  • Sales rank: 62,728

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Easy-to-care-for, productive, inexpensive, and full of personality, chickens are popping up in back gardens throughout the country - in the suburbs, rural towns, and even in cities. All it takes to keep a small flock is a bit of land and a properly designed coop. Just like houses, chicken coops come in all sizes and styles to meet the needs of any chicken family. Author Judy Fangman has combed the country identifying the top chicken coop designs, from utilitarian to high-style. The result is this ultimate collection of 45 building plans that are sure to meet the needs of any chicken owner.The featured designs include basic easy-to-assemble hoop houses, A-frames, and multi-storied wooden structures, as well as larger models for small commercial farms. There are also a variety of moveable coops that can be rotated around the yard, and low-budget coops constructed from found and repurposed materials. A 16-page colour section shows detailed photos of many of the featured coop plans, as well as some amazing kits and one-of-a-kind coops built from recyclables.With its comprehensive building plans and chicken-laden stories, "Chicken Coops" is sure to inspire a sunny-side-up, no-yolks-barred attitude in all chicken owners who dream of building a bigger, better coop to house their flock.

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Bring your chickens home to roost in comfort and style! Whether you're keeping one hen in a small backyard or 1,000 hens in a large free-range pasture, this delightful collection of hen hideaways will spark your imagination and inspire you to begin building. Author and farmer Judy Pangman combed the country to select these 45 coops for housing both laying hens and meat birds (chickens or turkeys). The coops range from fashionable backyard structures featured in the annual Seattle Tilth City Chickens Tour and the Mad City Chickens Tour in Madison, Wisconsin, to the large-scale, moveable structures Joel Salatin has fashioned for Polyface Farm in Virginia. You'll also find ideas for converting trailer frames, greenhouses, and backyard sheds; low-budget alternatives for working with found and recycled materials; and simple ways to make waterers, feeders, and nestboxes. A gallery of color photographs provides other creative ideas to get you going. With basic building skills, a little elbow grease, and this book of conceptual plans, you've got all you need to shelter your flock.