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Established in 1999, BackYardChickens.com has become the #1 destination for peeps looking for information on raising chickens in any urban, suburban, or rural backyard. The site boasts a very active community forum, and section on raising chickens and over 450 coop designs posted on-line.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Home; First Edition edition (August 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440316961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440316968
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mike on August 24, 2011
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I just received this book and I have to say that I wish this had been published two years ago when I built my coop. I scoured the internet for basic chicken coop plans and came up empty. The one's I found were either for large flocks or were simply impractical. This book highlights 16 basic backyard coops which can be built by the beginner to expert. It's full of color pictures of each coop's construction as well as a measured drawings and supply lists. I highly recommend this book for people looking to build their first coop.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By robert on February 21, 2012
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this book has nice plans however the one i chose to build had 10 cuts listed that were to short causing me to pre cut all my material to then find out that ten pieces were to short for the roof that was needed for the plan. i had to purchase another 5, two by tens to complete the coop. the amount of wood needed is not broken down into a purchase list either so you have to wing it(just a cut list). some other materials needed werent even mentioned at all i.e. siding for my coop. at times the plan i chose got extremely frustrating to build due to the plan not being written down in a constuction type way. if you purchase this book-good luck.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Logan on December 11, 2012
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Everything in this book is available free on backyard chickens forum site. Waste of money. Also, no plans. Just people's pics while building. I'm unhappy.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Gale W on September 28, 2011
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This book is very nice with very detailed illustrations and even better, color pictures of the building progress of each coop. The coops are all kind of small but many of the ideas in them can be used for larger coops. In my opinion (and maybe this is because I'm getting old) the print is too small to read comfortably and would be easier to see on a white or barely off-white background instead of the wood print that it's on. So I admit I have not read much of the text because it gave me a headache to try (and I do a lot of reading-but apparently with bigger print and lighter backgrounds). If it had improved readability I would have given it 5 stars, even though we only saw one coop that would have been big enough for our 12 chickens.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By vtcompgeek on December 31, 2012
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The stories and pictures with each coop are great, but when it comes to actually planning to build one, this book fails. Each coop has a “cut list” which lists different cuts of boards and the quantity you’ll need of each one, but doesn’t have a total quantity of lumber, hardware, or other miscellaneous items you’ll need to build the coop. This would make shopping/ordering the materials WAY easier as opposed to adding up the entire “cut list” and guessing from the pictures what else you’ll need.

There are no instructions on the framing, construction, or carpentry techniques needed to build the ornate coops in the book. I guess the author assumed folks who want coops are also General Contractors?

This is a great reference book for ideas on different coop designs, but the plans for each are inadequate for the amateur backyard builder.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Driscoll on May 28, 2012
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This is an overall nice book. My issue is that the book includes an extensive "cuts list" but doesn't actually give you a "purchase wood/supplies" list making it very difficult to get what you need in one trip out. But it does provide a nice set of chicken coops.

I really wish that there were more chicken tractor designs presented. Nearly all of the ones in the book are for stationary coops.

I wish also that there was more space devoted to protecting chickens from predators (there is a bit, but the author assumes you know some basic things that many readers might not know).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hollister Bulldawg on March 27, 2014
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I have gone through this book at least 6 times. Every design has a great write up and good tips on construction and housing chickens. Each design has a great 3D and plan views, plus bill of materials nicely labeled. Even updates from the owners on what they would do differently the next time. This is a great book! I took the best of each design and used Google Sketchup (free version) to make my own composite design. Easy as pie. I also recommend viewing the website backyardchickens dot com. Real people writing about real life on the farm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lvmypit on March 31, 2014
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I bought five or six books about building chicken coops and this one was by far the best. It has 16 or so detailed plans of building different style chicken coops and lists all supplies needed for each job and pretty much most of what you will need for tools. Makes the building much easier!
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