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Chicken Coops: 45 Building Ideas for Housing Your Flock [Kindle Edition]

Judy Pangman
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Book Description

Easy-to-care-for, productive, inexpensive, and full of personality, chickens are popping up in backyards throughout the country—in the suburbs, rural towns, and even on city plots. All it takes to keep a small flock is a bit of land and a properly designed coop.

Just like houses, chicken coops come in all sizes and styles to meet the needs of any chicken family. Author Judy Pangman has combed the country identifying the top chicken coop designs, from utilitarian to high-style. The result is this ultimate collection of 45 building plans that are sure to meet the needs of any chicken owner.

The featured designs include basic easy-to assemble hoop houses, A-frames, and multi-storied wooden structures, as well as larger models for small commercial farms. There are also a variety of moveable coops that can be rotated around the yard, and low-budget coops constructed from found and repurposed materials.

Pangman shares inspirational and instructive stories about the participating coop designers/ builders. Enthusiastic communities of chicken-keepers have organized chicken tours in cities such as Seattle, highlighting the fun and fantastic imagination of some coop architect/builders. There are designs echoing the house styles of the neighborhood, as well as the most contemporary trends in architecture. Building a chicken coop offers a great outlet for any would-be architect who wants to stick to the miniature, scaled-down building!

A 16-page color section shows detailed photos of many of the featured coop plans, as well as some amazing kits and one-of-a-kind coops built from recyclables.

With its comprehensive building plans and chicken-laden stories, Chicken Coops is sure to inspire a sunny-side-up, no-yolks-barred attitude in all chicken owners who dream of building a bigger, better coop to house their flock.


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From the Back Cover

Bring your chickens home to roost in comfort and style! Whether you're keeping one hen in a small backyard or 1,000 hens in a large free-range pasture, this delightful collection of hen hideaways will spark your imagination and inspire you to begin building.

Author and farmer Judy Pangman combed the country to select these 45 coops for housing both laying hens and meat birds (chickens or turkeys). The coops range from fashionable backyard structures featured in the annual Seattle Tilth City Chickens Tour and the Mad City Chickens Tour in Madison, Wisconsin, to the large-scale, moveable structures Joel Salatin has fashioned for Polyface Farm in Virginia.

You'll also find ideas for converting trailer frames, greenhouses, and backyard sheds; low-budget
alternatives for working with found and recycled materials; and simple ways to make waterers, feeders, and nestboxes. A gallery of color photographs provides other creative ideas to get you going. With basic building skills, a little elbow grease, and this book of conceptual plans, you've got all you need to shelter your flock.

About the Author

Judy Pangman and her husband, Frank Johnson, raise their two sons and grass-fed beef, pork, and eggs on their 200-acre farm in upstate New York. They are committed to sustainable agriculture, raising their animals naturally and cruelty-free and promoting a safe and healthy local food system. .

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267 of 276 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fifteen bucks down the drain... August 1, 2006
Format:Hardcover
I'm not usually so critical, but I was utterly disappointed in this book. The title is misleading. The '45 plans' mentioned in the title were not plans at all. They were at best 'general arrangements'. While overall dimensions were given, most 'plans' barely mention materials of construction and certainly didn't include an actual bill of material.

Some of the illustrations were little more than crude, badly proportioned hand sketches.

I guess I expected more from someone who felt they were qualified to write a book. I would have to guess that this is the authors first book. Apparently the publisher wasn't paying any attention during this project.

A synopsis of the book might read "throw some scrap material together and give it a cutsie name...I'll include it in my next book!!
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173 of 178 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissatified - Misleading Title July 29, 2006
Format:Paperback
This book is entitled "Chicken Coops- 45 Building Plans for Housing Your Flock". There were no complete building plans, only drawings with construction "notes". There were no material lists with specs. I cannot build a chicken coop with this book. There are websites listed where I can buy some of the plans - but wouldn't a person expect these plans to be inside a book entitled this way?
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No plans in this book! Just ideas August 11, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book would have gotten 5/5 stars from me if it read, "Chicken Coops: 46 Building IDEAS/PICTURES for housing your flock." There are absolutely NO PLANS IN THIS BOOK!!! If your looking for with actual plans in it, try "Poultry House Construction, by Michael Roberts." That book is under a hundred pages and is a wealth of knowledge (with various plans in it). If your looking for great chicken coop IDEAS than this is your book. There are a lot of great ideas in this book, and if your good with planning and tools than this is all you need. As I said if the book supplemented the word Ideas instead of plans I would have given it five starts. This is a great book, it just has a misleading title. Sorry Ms. Pangman I can't give you 5 stars when your book doesn't live up to it's title.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what the tittle implies July 11, 2007
Format:Paperback
Should I have read the reviews, including that of the author... I would probably not have this book on my shelves.

The book is interesting and amusing to see how different people has built different Coops and Houses for their birds but if you are looking for (as I was) real plans and how to build kind of book... you should look somewhere else.

What I have learned... is to read reviews and don't take book titles literally.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Coffee table chicken coop book April 22, 2007
Format:Paperback
I was aware that there were no building plans (based on other reviews), but I wasn't too worried because of I can make materials lists pretty easily from drawings. However, I was surprised that the drawings in this book have incorrect measurements (rather frustrating). This is a coffee table book, and even as that, it's not so exciting. There were really only a few designs that broke away from the square-box chicken coop idea. The best thing about this book is the presentation of the idea of keeping chickens as being an urban middle-class phenomenon. It was good for ideas, but it's not a keeper.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No plans - only pencils drawings April 28, 2008
Format:Paperback
I agree, a waste of money. There are no plans in this book, some lovely photos at the back and some pencil drawings of the coops, but no actual building plans and no list of materials. If you are already an experienced builder - no problem. If not, don't waste your money. Oh, there is a web site listed to have the plans and materials list for one of the coops mailed to you - that will cost $35.00.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed October 30, 2006
Format:Paperback
I was hoping for a book that had actual plans and dimensional drawings of various coops. Instead, this book is more of an "ideas" book or a grand tour of various coops that people have built. Definitely a disappointment.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for anyone serious about raising chickens August 13, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book to look for bona fide plans for building a new chicken coop. I have had chickens a long time and have built several coops. I wanted to avoid the mistakes I made before.

This book is very nicely illustrated but is like the worst of Mother Earth News -"Make a City Water Treatment Facility From Used Cereal Boxes." If you are high and live on a commune this is the book for you. It is not for anyone with a small farm who wants to build a chicken coop that is easy to maintain and clean, will last, and is safe for chickens.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars She loved getting the book for Christmas
My granddaughter can hardly wait for the snow to melt so she can build a new home for her 4H birds. She loved getting the book for Christmas! Read more
Published 7 days ago by Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great condition of product
Published 2 months ago by Stephaine Anne Warren
3.0 out of 5 stars ... as I had hoped for but still got some useful information. Someone...
Wasn't really as detailed as I had hoped for but still got some useful information. Someone that is unfamiliar with building and needs of the birds would probably benefit more.
Published 2 months ago by lee litherland
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, Very Informative!
Raising Chickens next year! So excited to review all these ideas and plans!
Published 2 months ago by jacqueline m omicioli
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is really great with a lot of good info for the perfect ...
this book is really great with a lot of good info for the perfect chicken home.
Published 3 months ago by BONNIE
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting. Not near detailed enough Some illustrations/drawing...
interesting. Not near detailed enough Some illustrations/drawing confusing and misleading
Really is for IDEAS only.
Published 4 months ago by Various Woodpecker
2.0 out of 5 stars No real plans, just a few photos. Not very useful.
Not very useful to someone looking for building plans for coops. Only a few pages of color photos stuck at the end of the book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars as described prompt shiping and good condition great
as described prompt shiping and good condition great price
Published 5 months ago by M Christian
1.0 out of 5 stars I bought your book too !
I'm very disappointed with 45 building ideas , I couldn't even find the coop we saw online that made us want to buy the book ! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of great information
I really appreciate this book. It has a coop for every situation. It is also full of great advice from people seasoned in poultry care. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lightworker
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Judy Pangman and her husband, Frank Johnson, raise their two sons and grass-fed beef, pork, and eggs on their 200-acre farm in upstate New York. They are committed to sustainable agriculture, raising their animals naturally and cruelty-free and promoting a safe and healthy local food system.

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