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Win A Portable Chicken Coop

1/18/2011 1:56:18 PM

Tags: chicken coop, chickens, poultry

If you want a few hens for fresh eggs, but haven’t had the time (or money) to build a coop or chicken tractor, here’s your chance to win a free coop! The Handcrafted Coops portable chicken coop is an ark-style coop with space for three hens (or five bantams).

We have several coop and pen designs on the website (Easy Backyard Chicken Coops, Small Backyard Chicken Coop and An Easy and Affordable Poultry Pen), but the ark from Handcrafted Coops has several design features I really like:

  • Easy access to the nest box
  • A solid wall on one side of the grazing pen to protect birds from wind
  • Shade and shelter from rain in the grazing area
  • Raised roosting space (chickens don’t like to roost low)
  • Sturdy design to reduce predator risks

Check out the video below, then go to www.MotherEarthNews.com/Win-March2011 to enter.

 



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Linda Rothenhoefer
4/5/2013 7:02:45 PM
We just love our Hens, we keep Welsummers a very gentle easy going hen that lays a large dark brown with black specks in shell color...We also keep Americanas that lay a medium to large light blue egg with verious colors from pink to olive green shell color...said to lower in colestrol and wonderful eggs for kids. We feed our hens purina layer with omega 3... our customers love our free range eggs.

Marie Collins
8/1/2011 8:57:17 PM
I would love a safe coop for my chickens. We lost some chickens to racoons.

Sara Moon
7/26/2011 6:14:39 PM
I would be the happiest girl in Georgia, if I won the chicken coop. I don't have any chickens,but I want 3or 4 to enjoy. The only reason I don't is I don't know how to build a coop and chickens need a good place to live. Thank you for the chance to win. Sara Moon

Kathaleen Cook
6/25/2011 3:19:57 PM
Oh, wouldn't it not be wonderful to win this. I have had chickens in the past and I loved the eggs. My neighbors dogs killed all my hens. But if I win then I will have a pefect place for a few lovely hens.

Laurie A
6/1/2011 4:47:58 PM
I've love nothing more than to win this coop. Then my aunt and I could raise our new custom flock of chickens. I live in a rural area north of Sacramento on almost an acre and I miss what a great job chickens can do with insects. I just need a coop that will protect my flock of healthy,happy,handy,hardy,hefty,hardworking hens.

Karen Brandt
4/19/2011 10:10:05 AM
Good Morning All, I live in the city limits, was raised most of my childhood on the farm with my grandparents and loved it with my dear belated brother, those were such wonderfull days, gathering eggs and having those fresh eggs, and yes fried chicken. Now I'm 67 years young and have survived lung cancer so far, and would love to raise a few hens in my backyard for fresh eggs. and a nice place for them to live in would ber great, so me and my O2 tank can care for them,and join the logs I have plug to grow my own mushrooms. Guide these words Lord and help me to be a winner. Thanks

Jeni C.
3/30/2011 5:41:29 PM
I would love to win this chicken coop I recently moved on 2and a half acres and this would be perfect for me. I am trying to be self sufficent we already heat our house with a wood stove and I just put a vegatable garden in. Oh I hope I win this I love chickens and I soooo love fresh egg's. God Bless

carmella mayo
2/27/2011 9:36:02 AM
THERE IS A DR. THAT LIVES DOWNTOWN AND HE PROBABLY HAS MORE MONEY THAN HE KNOWS WHAT TO DO WITH. BUT ANYWAYS HE HAS A PORTABLE CHICKEN COOP THAT HE MOVES ALL AROUND HIS YARD AND I SAID TO EVERYONE I KNOW "THAT IS WHAT I WANT IN MY YARD" DO YOU THINK SOMEONE BUILT ME ONE? NO THEY DIDN'T. I JUST THINK IT IS THE MOST WONDERFUL THING IN THE WORLD AND WHO EVER INVENTED IT IS JUST WONDERFUL. THE HENS ARE SO HAPPY IN THERE PORTABLE PEN, THERE FEATHERS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL CAUSE THEY ARE SO HEALTHY CAUSE THEY GET MOVED AROUND TO FRESH GROUND ALL THE TIME. I BET THEY LAY THE BIGGEST AND HEALTHIEST EGGS YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE. I HOPE THAT IN THE NEAR FUTURE I WON'T HAVE TO IMAGINE ANY MORE CAUSE I WILL HAVE MY OWN AND I WILL KNOW FOR SURE.THANKS FOR LETTING ME BEND YOUR EAR FOR AWHILE.

Edna
2/22/2011 5:22:22 PM
I have been enjoying your magazine for over 20 years.

Amy
2/15/2011 2:52:42 PM
I would love to win a chicken coop. As food is getting more expensive I've been trying to grow more our own. I do a lot of canning. I grew up with my gandparents having chickens on the farm and really enjoyed the fresh eggs. Not to mention that fried chicken grandma made on Sundays.

Judy Thurnau
2/9/2011 8:34:42 AM
I come from a large family (13 children)and grew up on a farm here in northern Iowa. Chickens were a big part of the wonderful memories of my childhood. The farm was our playground and making mud and egg "pies and cakes" out in the grove was such fun. We enjoyed the bounty of chicken for Sunday dinner and a steady supply of eggs. Today I still enjoy having a few of the colorful varieties around our acreage. The grandkids love them and it is the highlight of their visits. One Easter I surprised them with a big basket of baby chicks! They all had their favorite one and watched them grow and loved picking up the eggs.

Ken & Betty Schleif
2/8/2011 7:46:50 AM
We have been a steady subscriber of MEN since the 1970's. Thanks for continuing with the great articles. As we move into our retirement years we want to add chickens to our already self sufficient life style. A chicken tractor has seemed beyond our building skills. We have been off the grid for 12 years and grow a lot of our own food. Thanks again.

Karie Cole
2/7/2011 12:59:29 PM
Last year both my husband and I lost our jobs. To help us financially I've been gardening so we have fresh foods. We have wanted to include chickens to this but have not been able to afford a nice small coop. It would mean so much to win a coop that would make it possible to have our own eggs.

Nicole Keeley
2/2/2011 10:26:03 AM
Last year I had a flock of 40 hens and loved having my chickens. But in March of last year a bear came and killed and ate all of my hens. He also tore up my chicken coop. We turned the chicken coop into a shed but would love to have just a few hens. A smaller portable coop would be perfect. It could be moved into a safe location every night.

sandra Coman
2/2/2011 10:17:25 AM
How generous Mother Earth News to have such a cool giveaway. This is an empowering tool to support our "local" food ways.

Anita Jackson
1/31/2011 8:38:50 PM
I would be so blessed to win this chicken coop. I am a retired disabled senior who watches my 3 year old great grand-daughter who is the light of my life. She is learning from me the "old" ways, actually has learned how to roll out homemade bread dough and cuts out the rolls. (I bake our bread weekly, by hand. I am so blessed to be able to teach her these things. She is an animal lover to no end. She knows eggs come from chickens and it would be so awesome if she could gather them herself. She feeds and always makes sure our few pets have food and water, and treats. I can't say enough about her accomplishments. This way, I can get some of my childhood back too, at 5years, I took the banty eggs and mixed them with dirt to make cakes, loved every minute of it. Have a Blessed Day.

Timothy Evans
1/28/2011 11:20:42 PM
My 10 year old daughter loves animals. Adding a few chicken would be great. She would love to collect the eggs. I wouldn't mind it either. It would remind me of being at my grandfathers when I was a kid.

Len/Nancy
1/28/2011 7:22:11 PM
We have always talked about getting into Chicken farming for our own eggs. Winning this coop would make a dream come true for us and would help feed the family and friends.

Lilly
1/27/2011 7:06:10 PM
I love chickens. I raised them in the past, but we moved so I have to set up a whole new coop and fencing. This would help out my budget.

MIN Schlarb
1/27/2011 5:24:49 PM
I`ve been trying to convince my husband to let me raise chicken for the past (3) three years. If I could win this chicken coop he could not say "NO" any more. Thank You







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