Archive for the ‘Coops’ Category

Creative Recycled Chicken Coops


We have culled the Web to find the most creative chicken coops made from repurposed objects. Beat the high price of lumber and materials by re-using some of these common items to make a home for your hens! We especially love the idea of repurposing old wardrobes, cabinets, and other large pieces of furniture to make chicken coops. If you don’t own any of these items, they can readily be found at thrift stores or resale shops for a low price.

Build Your Own Recycled Coop!

To make a functional coop from recycled materials, it is important to know the essential components that all chicken coops should have. I am teaching an online class called Chicken Coop Basics on July 7, 6:30-8:30pm, that will help you give your chicken coop design a firm foundation. This class addresses minimal requirements for building a safe and comfortable home for your hens. You’ll learn the basic housing needs of backyard birds, construction materials to choose and avoid, important construction tips, and see different coop styles. More information about this online class is available at the link below.

Chicken Coop Basics, July 7, 6:30-8:30pm

Tip: A great place to find used building materials is at your local re-building warehouse. These are popping up all over the country to salvage unused building materials from construction projects, home remodeling, etc. and make them available to the consumer. Here are links to a few in the Chicago area:

Chicago Rebuilding Exchange

Maywood Reuse Depot

Habitat ReStore – many Chicago-area locations

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse

Basic Chicken Keeping, Coop Classes at Fremont Public Library


I will be teaching Basic Chicken Keeping and Chicken Coop Basics for the Fremont Public Library (located in Mundelein, IL) in June and July. These online classes are open to all, regardless of where in the U.S. you live. Please note that all class information on predators and climate will be geared to the Chicago area. Register now at the links below!

Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping, Online — Fremont Public Library, June 23, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Learn the basics of raising backyard chickens, from chick to adult.

Chicken Coop Basics, Online — Fremont Public Library, July 7, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Learn the essential components of a chicken coop, important construction tips, and different coop styles. Do you have your own creative ideas for a coop? This class will teach you the basic elements that all coops need to have.

Out-Of-This-World Chicken Coops


We love how some chicken keepers express their quirky personalities in the coops they build (and, incidentally, their science fiction/fantasy fandom). These coops may push the boundaries of practicality, but we admire the creative vision expressed in these designs!

  • TARDIS Chicken Coop

Build your own creative henhouse!

Do you have some ideas for a fantastic chicken coop design? Once you have built your chicken castles in the air, give them a firm foundation by signing up for my online class, “Chicken Coop Basics” on July 7, 6:30-8:30pm. Learn the essential components of a chicken coop, important construction tips, and different coop styles. More information is available Here!

Reminder: Chicken Coop Basics — Online Event on May 19!


If you have questions about chicken coop design or construction, bring them to my online event “Chicken Coop Basics” on May 19, 6-8 pm! Learn the essential components of a coop, important construction tips, and different coop styles. Use what you learn to construct your own coop or evaluate an existing design.

This class will be hosted online by the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange. Registration information is available here.

As a free gift for participants, I am offering a copy of GRIT Backyard Chickens magazine. This publication is full of practical advice for chicken keepers. I wrote several articles in this year’s issue, on subjects including reasons to keep chickens, how to boost egg production, and the importance of chicken gut health.

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Register now and receive a free copy of Backyard Chickens magazine!

Register now for Chicken Coop Basics class (virtual) on February 11!


This is your last chance to register for Chicken Coop Basics, presented by Home to Roost LLC and the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange on February 11 at 6:30 pm. This online class addresses what you need to know about building a safe and comfortable home for your hens. You’ll learn the basic housing needs of backyard birds. Find out the essential components of a coop, construction materials to choose and avoid, important construction tips, and see different coop styles. 

Registration info is available here.

Chicken Coop Basics Virtual Workshop, July 25, 2020


This class addresses what you need to know about building a safe and comfortable home for your hens. Join us online on Saturday, July 25 from 2pm – 4pm! You’ll learn about the main features of coops, allowing you to take that knowledge and come up with your own custom design. Find out the essential components of a coop, learn dos and dont’s for choosing construction materials, get important construction tips, and see different coop styles.

Saturday, July 25, 2pm – 4pm. Cost is $20.

Register Here for this online class, co-hosted by Home to Roost and the Rebuilding Exchange.

Please note there is a prerequisite: the Basics of Chicken-Keeping class. Haven’t taken this class yet? No problem! You can purchase the recording of this class when you register for Chicken Coop Basics.

 

Needed ASAP – volunteers for 2017 coop tour


We need your help for the Windy City 2017 coop tour! It’s only one month away, and the coordinator Martha Boyd of Angelic Organics Learning Center has put out a desperate email, calling for “5-10 really motivated people” to volunteer ASAP. If she can’t muster the necessary support, she’ll be forced to pull the plug.

If you can help, email Martha today. 

This year’s concept was to extend the Tour as a showcase of the variety of Eco-Yard systems and activities that many of folks demonstrate over and above backyard chickens — Eco-Yards can include hosts who don’t have backyard livestock but can share lots of other interesting examples of green/sustainable yards and homes.
SO — We hope that the notion of a bigger, more expansive Tour in 2018 can tide folks over if no Coop Tour this Sept.

 

 

 

Coop Ideas


Thinking about building a coop? Here are some great ideas with instructions! I love the Hobbit Hole coop.

Coop-building Class: May 7 at 7 PM, Oak Park Conservatory


If you’re getting chicks, this is the class you’ll need to learn about building a safe and comfortable home for them! In this class, you’ll learn about the basic needs of adult chickens (they’re not fussy, really, but there are some things you need to know!). Find out the essential components of a coop, things to avoid when choosing construction materials, important construction tips, and see different coop styles.

Date: May 7
Place: Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield Street, Oak Park, IL 60304
Time: 7 PM to 9 PM

 For more information, contact the Oak Park Conservatory.

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Gardiner

Automated Coop Door Design


Here is an automated coop door design from a family in the UK that rescue battery-cage hens.

Enjoy!