Country Lore: DIY Portable Chicken Coops

Who knew there were so many ways to build functional, cheap, portable chicken coops? You do, now.

| April/May 2009

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    This portable chicken coop was made from scrap lumber, a few found materials, and some chicken wire.
    PHOTO: MARA ZIEGLER
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    Mobile coops are a great way to keep a few chickens in a small space, while still allowing them to graze.
    DAVID HYMEL

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  • low-cost coop

Our inventive readers have come up with not one, but two unique portable chicken coops.

Clever Coop Design

After reading many of your chicken and egg articles, my 13-year-old daughter designed this mobile chicken tractor and my husband built it.

Our 11-year-old daughter is a vegetarian, and she has motivated us to begin our chicken venture with the goals of healthier eating and living. Our daughters are responsible for taking care of the black Australorp hens.

The main house is constructed mostly from recycled materials, including a large wooden shipping crate and a piece of metal roofing we found on the side of the road. There are doors for gathering eggs and a door to the “run.” One whole side opens for cleaning. I think it is a very ingenious design!



The tractor and run are moved around our yard with the hope that the hens will eat the grubs, ticks, beetles, etc.

Mara Ziegler
Boalsburg, Pennsylvania

AlexJenn
5/27/2013 9:24:54 AM

Thank you for great articles.People actually don't know how great chickens and chicken coops are! And lots of people don't know how to raise chicken and build chicken coop. People need detailed plans and instructions to build functional and good looking chicken coop. Then they also need to know how to raise chicken in proper conditions. These two create perfect balance while deciding to build chicken coop.I can recommend this website to have lots of plans and learn everything about raising chicken.

http://www.makeusknow.com/categories/home&garden/diy-chicken-coop.html


AlexJenn
5/27/2013 9:24:12 AM

Thank you for great articles.People actually don't know how great chickens and chicken coops are! And lots of people don't know how to raise chicken and build chicken coop. People need detailed plans and instructions to build functional and good looking chicken coop. Then they also need to know how to raise chicken in proper conditions. These two create perfect balance while deciding to build chicken coop.I can recommend this website to have lots of plans and learn everything about raising chicken.

http://www.makeusknow.com/categories/home&garden/diy-chicken-coop.html


Darian Johnson
2/25/2012 2:24:19 PM

i just bought six chickens and they currentally are at my Aunts house i need a chicken coop fast could u please send me the building instructions/plains.







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