DescriptionAs 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!
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.