Building Chicken Coops For Dummies

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Overview

As the popularity of urban homesteading and sustainable living increases, it’s no wonder you’re in need of trusted, practical guidance on how to properly house the chickens you’re planning (or have already begun) to keep. Building Chicken Coops For Dummies gives you the information you need to build the most cost-efficient, safe, and easy-on-the-eye enclosures for your backyard flock.

This practical guide gives you easy-to-follow and customizable plans for building the backyard ...

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Overview

As the popularity of urban homesteading and sustainable living increases, it’s no wonder you’re in need of trusted, practical guidance on how to properly house the chickens you’re planning (or have already begun) to keep. Building Chicken Coops For Dummies gives you the information you need to build the most cost-efficient, safe, and easy-on-the-eye enclosures for your backyard flock.

This practical guide gives you easy-to-follow and customizable plans for building the backyard chicken coop that works best for you. You’ll get the basic construction know-how and key information you need to design and build a coop tailored to your flock, whether you live in a small city loft, a suburban backyard, or a small rural farm.

  • Includes detailed material lists, instructions, and schematic plans for building a host of different chicken coops
  • Step-by-step guidance on how to build a coop—or design your own
  • Accessible for every level of reader

Whether you’re just beginning to gain an interest in a back-to-basics lifestyle or looking to add more attractive and efficient coops to your current flock‘s digs, Building Chicken Coops For Dummies gives you everything you need to build a winning coop!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470598962
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/9/2010
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 113,175
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet 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.
As a freelance writer, Todd has researched and written about everything from mobsters to Pac-Man, and children’s stories to cheeseburgers. He lives in the Atlanta, Georgia, area with his wife, Debbie, and their two daughters, Sydney and Kendall.

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.
Dave and his family keep a small fl ock of chickens at home in one of his company's coops. He continues to improve the designs and develop new ones based on customer input as well as his family’s experiences with their own backyard fl ock.
Over the past nine years, Horizon's line of chicken coops has proven to be very popular with chicken fanciers — and their hens — throughout the U.S., with coops now in 48 states!

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 fl ock 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.
Originally, Rob started posting his chicken experiences on his hobby Web site, www.Nifty-Stuff.com, but after realizing how much his obsession was growing, he decided to concentrate his efforts into a site devoted completely to the subject. Now Rob owns and manages www.backyardchickens.com, the largest and fastest-growing community of chicken enthusiasts in the world.
Rob is also the coauthor of the book Raising Chickens For Dummies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

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.

Index.

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  • Posted October 3, 2010

    Finally a coop book that tells me HOW to build it!

    I just finished reading Building Chicken Coops for Dummies and I am so relieved to find a book that truly does give me step by step instructions! I have a shelf full of chicken books (how to care for them, feed them, etc) but nowhere could I find detailed information on how to build their coop - until NOW. Most books or even websites show cute coop photos but don't give the nuts and bolts needed to actually build. But this book does! It give specific how to, step by step instructions for building a huge variety of coops. (Everything from the chicken tractor to a walk in coop). And the "step-by-step" is what I need. But what really cinched a "5 star" rating for me, was the fact that the authors include descriptions and reasons for specific materials, detailed plans AND then tell you HOW to do it. For a novice like me, this is key. They even explain the different saw blades you need for the different materials. Perfect. I especially appreciate the details about the location and size of the roost, nesting box and even ramps or stairs. All important considerations - all spelled out for you. If you are thinking of building your own coop, I highly recommend this book. It is giving me the confidence to do this on my own.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2011

    Do not order this book if you think it is for dummies, it's not.

    I was expecting all coops to be easy in this book no matter the size, very, very wrong. The name is very misleading and would not recommend it for someone who wants a nice, easy, big coop to house your chickens. It gets into FP's, SP's and all kinds of angle cuts so if you do not have the right tools it is useless let alone knowing what they are talking about. An experienced carpenter could handle all of these coops with ease, not for us dummies, the simple ones, a couple, yes. I hope I can find what I'm looking for.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    A must read for beginners...don't have to be a dummy!

    I read this book and the Raising Chickens for Dummies, both are a must read for getting into chickens and know what you need. EVERYONE will have their way to do things. But with these books you can discovery the facts and develop your way. That is what I love about the Dummies books, they get you headed in the informed direction and from there you have what you have learned so you make your own map with sound directions.....Chickenheart

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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