Clance McDonald on May 1st, 2012

Just recently Bill Keene launched his new chicken coop plans eBook entitled Building a Chicken Coop.  It’s great to see a new product out there especially one that is so complete and thorough,  This particular product has 3 very detailed chicken coop plans which includes a small mobile coop, a medium sized one and a larger premium style coop which means no matter what your budget or yard size you can get up and running in no time.

One of the best things about this product is that on top of the 3 very detailed step by step plans, there is about 70 pages of information containing everything you need to know before you actually get started.  There is plenty of information about various chicken breeds and what would be best for various environments and climates.  It has information on how to successfully raise chicks, and how to care for adult chickens and very importantly it goes into some detail about the various predators your coop is likely to encounter.  It comes with a bunch of bonuses too including

  • How to best position your chicken coop
  • How to easily build nesting boxes out of common material
  • Best material for Chicken coop floor
  • The Cheapest materials to build your coop out of.

I went and bought this product and have done a video review of it for you where I go through and show each of the chicken coop plans, I go over the table of contents of the 57 page eBook called “Building a Chicken Coop” and I touch on each of the bonus eBooks too.  Please forgive me, the video has lots of umms and aarrs in it and is a bit rough overall but I recorded it all in one go and its the first time I’ve ever recorded a product review like this so hopefully I’ll get better as I do a few more.  So go ahead and click the play button below.

Let me know what you think of the video and also let me if there is anything you think I could do to improve them for the future.

Bottom line, I can very happily recommend these chicken coop plans to all aspiring chicken keepers from beginner to expert.  If you agree, check it out for yourself over at Building a Chicken Coop.

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Clance McDonald on December 25th, 2011

My Sister in law decided to take her flock of bantams from 3 to 5 just recently so they had to revist their chicken coop plans and increase the space of the chicken coop. They normally let the chickens roam free in the back yard and they put them in the coop over night but the coop isn’t quite big enough for 5.

Over the course of one weekend they build a much larger and secure enclosure for all the chickens to enjoy. In the enclosure they have the original chicken coop and have added an extra dog kennel so there is plenty of hiding places for them.

Here is a photo of the finished enclosure:
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Tell me what you think…

Clance McDonald on February 2nd, 2011

If you are building your own chicken coop then it is best to work from a set of tried and tested chicken coop plans rather than making it up as you go. If you have a set of plans and checklist of required materials you are going to save a lot of time and money.

There are many things to take into account before you even start building your chicken coop or even deciding on which chicken coop plans you intend to build from.  You need to decide on how many chickens you intend to start out with and also how many you would ideally like to keep once you are up and running and confident with your chicken keeping.  My suggestion is that you start off with two hens until you are sure you have everything under control.  Once you are happy that you are keeping happy and healthy chickens, you could comfortably keep around six chickens without much fuss.  This is the amount most backyard chicken coops house.

Another thing you should do is survey your back yard and decide where you are going to put your chicken coop.  This is not a huge issue because my suggestion is that you build a chicken coop that can be easily moved but as long as you have room for it then it is fine.  Its great to have a movable one because the chicken poop is great for your lawn so moving it about will spread the goodness all over your yard.  It also allows the chickens to peck at new grass and bugs in the lawn.

Handy Tip: Convenient access to fresh water is important.

There are very specific requirements that your hen house must meet for your chickens to be healthy and happy egg layers.  This includes requirements for perching, lighting, nest boxes.  For example, As a rule, 6 egg layers require approximately 9 square feet (1 sq. meter) of nesting space.

One set of chicken coop plans that I think is ideal for everyone starting out in chicken raising are these Coop Plans. It has the full supplies list for the project with full step by step, easy to understand instructions and photographs that take you through each stage of the project.  It covers framing, interior, exterior, netting and covers plenty of hints and tips and even comes with some fantastic chicken care bonuses.

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Clance McDonald on November 26th, 2010

I have three Old English Game bantams. I bought them as Layers and it took a while for them to get laying, but when the time and season finally came, my lovely little girls started leaving me the most dainty eggs.

It felt like a millennia, from when I picked them up and took them to their new home, to when they first laid an egg. I knew that it would take the girls some time to adjust to the new surrounds and be comfortable enough to start laying, but I was still really eager and over-keen to see that first white teardrop pearl sitting in the laying nest. Alas, I had brought my girls home in a typical Melbourne winter month of June, freezing and wet and the shortest days of the year. What girl wants to put out in that weather?!

Diligently, I checked my girls and their nesting boxes each day, often several times a day, without success. I became a bit nervous when my neighbor (whose parents had owned chickens) would lean over the fence to check on my egg-count. He offered some great suggestions to help get them started, although everything had proven fruitless – we even tried a golf ball in the nesting box (which is a really difficult tee-off position!) I became more than a little paranoid by the third month when my girls had still not found comfort enough to lay an egg. But as their honeymoon period started to expire and the seasons shifted from blue to green, nature stepped in and took its course. You can’t fast track nature – mother nature is her own mistress.

When the time came, my lovely little girls finally started laying and it was brilliant! The only thing that topped it – aside from the exquisite poached eggs and bacon the next morning – was that my girls would approach me for a pat every morning.

They were finally happy.

I can not offer any advice on how to get your girls to lay. For me… it was just a waiting game… a very long waiting game. It may have been separation anxiety from their move, it may have been the dark and gloomy days, it may have been that I had the wrong straw in their nesting box… but at the end of the day, it’s really a girl’s prerogative to decide when they are comfortable and happy.

oeghenone My New Old English Game Bantams

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Clance McDonald on November 25th, 2010

My next door neighbour has just finished building a chicken coop. It is in the front yard of his house and the thing I thought was most interesting about his chicken coop plans was that the chicken run section did not use any traditional fencing. No pickets, no chicken wire. Instead, he made a barrier by piling up the mountain of firewood that he had accumulated. It is hard to imagine without seeing it (and I will ask Andrew if I can get a photo) but the barriers are high and wide. This gives the chickens plenty of protection from predators and it also stops them from escaping.

This is a great example of recycling materials that are already laying around the house or yard. Not only did he save money by doing this, but it made great use of an otherwise useless pile of timber logs.

The actual chicken coop structure that he build was bought in a flat pack from ebay for $500 which is a shame because he could have saved even more money by buying the materials from a hardware and a set of chicken coop plans off the net.

He has got 3 hens in his chicken coop so far but they are not yet laying. I’ve assured him that it is normal and they will probably just take a little time until they feel happy safe and comfortable.

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I thought one of my chickens had done a runner on me the other week actually. She was gone for about a week which is most unusual for her. She eventually turned up out of the blue so I did a bit more hunting around and I found a little make shift nest under the house that had 9 eggs in it. I made sure that when I chose my chicken coop plans that there were enough nesting boxes for my girls so I’m not quite sure what had made her to decide to do this but she is back to her old routine now so no big deal. It was just a relief for her to return. You can get quite attached to your flock huh?

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