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Fresh-Air Poultry Houses: The Classic Guide to Open-Front Chicken Coops for Healthier Poultry Paperback – October 14, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Norton Creek Press; 1st edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097217706X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972177061
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thanks to Norton Creek Press for re-printing another wise, but out-of-print book!
Lisa Jordan
It is informative, sensible, easy to understand, it contains lots of building diagrams/designs that have been proven and used.
Cameltribe
My husband learned how to design and build a quality hen house that keeps my hens healthy, happy, safe, DRY!
Adobe Gardener

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Valued Customer on January 11, 2009
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This guide was written when the family farm was the rule rather than the exception and therefore is full of useful information written in plain english for prospective or experienced aviculturists.
I was able to narrow down my choices for an appropriate coop design and avoid some pitfalls that used to be common knowledge.
This book is clear and precise in describing the requirements and techniques for safe and healthy poultry husbandry from backyard coops to much larger commercial operations.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Jordan on November 23, 2008
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Thanks to Norton Creek Press for re-printing another wise, but out-of-print book!

What an eye opener, especially when it comes to winter flock management in cold, snowy, harsh climates like ours!

This book will change our winter management style--and make it a lot simpler. Our chickens will be more comfortable and healthy, and we'll have a lot less work to do!

Highly recommended for those who keep chickens for pleasure, as well as profit.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Dennis on December 8, 2010
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I wish I could back the umpteen hours I spent looking at standard poultry house design books and internet sites. This is the only one you'll need, folks. As another review stated, some of the specific info for building each coup is spread out within the chapter; but it is discussed in context. Also, I believe this makes personalized modifications easier (seeing the directions in context rather than as a one-size fits all blueprint format).

Very highly recommended.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By L.E. on May 5, 2009
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This book is chalked full of ideas, about building open front building. It contians several diagrams and "blue Prints". It presents a lot of good ideas. The only draw back is that the drawings don't have all the imformation for building. The imformation is in the book, just not all in one spot, some of it is on the picture, some of it in the text or on the caption below the picture. That just means that you have to do a little digging around the book to find out what you want to know. Over all the book was worth the money to me.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Ward on September 11, 2009
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Really liked this book and wish there were alot more like it. Sometimes it's hard to remember that it was written almost a century ago. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to raise chickens in a more natural, healthier way.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cameltribe on August 23, 2010
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I loved reading this book! I wish I'd known about it when I first started out with my chickens! It is informative, sensible, easy to understand, it contains lots of building diagrams/designs that have been proven and used. The author writes well, with a bit of humour at times, and with fantastic information that (I believe) people have forgotten about in our modern times, in regards to best coop design and placement for chickens (not for us!)I highly highly recommend this book, definitely the best design book I've come across!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By troutski on January 7, 2009
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The reprint books from Norton Creek Press are all gems of early poultry keeping. They predate mega farms, and have great insights into how it was done. As topical now, as in the day.
A big thanks to Robert for making these available.

Mark
Sebastopol, CA
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Adobe Gardener on December 26, 2011
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I love my pet hens. Being an animal lover, I never want any of my pets to suffer. While originally published in 1924, this book really opened my eyes as to how many modern-designed coops cause harm by forcing the hens to live in overheated, poorly-ventilated hen houses that traps moisture and allows ammonia to build up to unhealthy levels. My husband learned how to design and build a quality hen house that keeps my hens healthy, happy, safe, DRY! and laying those wonderful eggs, even during sub-zero winter temps with NO added heat. Don't just build a "cute" coop. Build one that has your hen's health as the #1 priority. Most chickens are hardy animals (if you choose your breed wisely) -- let's keep them healthy and comfortable.
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