A drop-down door on the coop end can be opened to let the chickens out, and offers nest box access.
The rectangular coop kit is less expensive because it doesn't use pre-bent hoops, and because the white pipe is less costly. Total price should be about $300.
This new and improved incarnation of the portable chicken coop is designed for three to four chickens, and anybody can build it.
ILLUSTRATION: DAVID STILES
Fowl Stuff is a Michigan company that has designed an injection-molded cover that adapts 3- and 5-gallon pails for use as nesting boxes.