Upcycling an Urban Chicken Coop

| 1/29/2014 11:59:00 AM

UpCycled Coop Build

This will be the first in an on-going series of posts chronicling my family's efforts to raise chickens in our Minneapolis, Minnesota backyard. As you may have heard, urban chickens are all the rage. Cities all over the US are changing their urban agriculture policies to allow homeowners to raise chickens as more than just pets. Minneapolis has actually allowed poultry since before 2001, but it’s only since the big economic downturn of 2009 that the urban farming trend really took off.

The decision to raise chickens was not one we came to lightly. I grew up with chickens on our farm, and I know that they take a lot of work. Minneapolis winters can be hard, as evidenced by our recent 4 day, -19 deep freeze caused by the Polar Votex. Chickens must be cared for regardless of the weather, our busy schedules or other happenings. As a family (and as a neighborhood) we wanted to be sure we understood what we were getting into.

City Ordinances for Urban Chickens

Chicken Coop UpCycle

In Minneapolis, the quest for our chickens begins with building a chicken coop. Regulations have changed over the years and the city has refined it’s approach to chickens. The application package that came in the mail was 1/2 inch thick, filled with coop guidelines, care and feeding information, neighborhood permissions affidavits, city planning and animal control permit forms.

Coops have specific requirements, which include minimum square footage per chicken, both indoor coop (4 square feet each) and outdoor run (6 square feet each), roost clearance specifications (1 foot from roof), R4 coop insulation, heating (maintain 52 degrees minimum in coop), waste handling (enclosed composters only) and proper placement of the coop on your property. Overwhelming, to say the least.

DIY Recycled-Wood Chicken Coop

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