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Build a Backyard Chicken Coop

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Room to Roam

After the coop is built, you’ll need to construct a pen or run for the chickens so they can run loose and feed off of the worms, bugs, and minerals on the dirt. This pen will also keep out unwanted predators.

However, your chicken run design will depend on what type of chickens you keep.  Keep in mind that heavy and large chickens are less likely to fly away so your chicken pen design will simply consist of wooden posts and some chicken wire or fencing.

On the other hand, if your chicken flock varies in size including smaller chickens that can fly over fences, you’ll need to construct a pen with closed in wired or netted roof. If in doubt, err on the side of caution and enclose the pen.

Making it Home

The chickens will also need a feeder as well as a fresh water source set up in their coop. Also, the coop will need to be lined with straw or pine shavings for bedding.

As for food, stock up on all natural feed and let your neighbors know they’re on their way. Chickens are natural garbage disposals, so turn your compost bucket into food scraps for the chickens, including vegetables and bread to supply as treats and supplemental nourishment.

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1:26PM PDT on Jun 26, 2015

Thank you Lucy.

12:09AM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Thanks for posting.

7:55PM PDT on May 2, 2012

Good lookin' coop.

11:40PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

I am glad to know the lifespan of a chicken, and I didn't know they could fly at all.

9:53AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012


12:57PM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Great chicken coop and run design.
I have had laying chickens for years. Nothing like going out to collect your breakfast eggs every day. Once you taste them, you will never want a store bought egg again. Mine are completely free range and come back to the coop at night to sleep. I have to go searching for their eggs, but that's part of the fun of having chickens.

12:11PM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Yes Charlee M you are right to teach your children how to treat animals, pity more people don't do that. I have 6 X battery hens and they are beautifull all girls so no babies. They love cooked potatoe peelings and their droppings make wonderfull manure.

5:57PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

I wish you had put in a video, and diagrams etc.

8:14AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Cute coop!

8:58AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Herman Cain for US president!

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