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Chicken Coops: 45 Building Ideas for Housing Your Flock Paperback – July 1, 2006
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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.
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Now... Here's the reason I didn't give this book 5 stars: The dimensions shown are trash. In the coops I'm looking at, the measurements are completely wrong. For instance, the Cat House: Length is 6 feet and it contains (from end to end) FOUR 12"x12" nesting boxes. There is no extra space shown. Just the 4 nesting boxes. And it does not look six feet long in the drawing OR the real picture. Mine will be, because that's what I have planned all along.
So, I love the book. The ideas and drawings are nice, but I cannot believe anyone would publish something with indicated dimensions so out of measure.
And OF COURSE for the coop I wanted to build, it says "visit so & so's website to BUY more detailed plans" What a JOKE!!! I should've just bought the plans online in the first place. I didn't need to spend another $15 for this book to tell me that.
SOOOOOOOOO angry and disappointed. This book is downright dishonest in my opinion. The "authors" should be ashamed of themselves. This is an idea book, nothing more, and you can find almost all of the coops online in a simple google image search.
Its going straight back to amazon and I'm getting my money back.
The valuable information I mentioned is in the stories of the individuals from all over who give their management styles, tips and thoughts in the text. I love the idea of over-wintering my future hens in a poly-tunnel greenhouse. With this method, the owners of this flock (from New York state, I believe) had such rich soil the next spring, that they had tomatoes by June! That's an attractive idea to those of us living in the north. This is just one of the many ideas that intrigued me.
My local library system has three copies of this book, I had to turn mine in without being able to renew it as I would have liked, because someone had placed a hold on it, all three copies are currently checked out. My advice on buying any book would be to check it out from the library first if possible, then decide if you want to own it. I'm about to spend the $13.57 because I feel the information within is worth it.
I purchased this book because it was supposed to be "plans" but it is NOT!
This is a visual vacation featuring chicken coops. The author must have toured
around the countryside and snapped some photos of coops that looked interesting.
But the problem is, if you are looking for plans, they are not in this book. there
are a few rough sketches, that is it. I was very dissapointed. Glad I bought on Amazon
so I could get my money back. If you are just a board housewife, and want to muse yourself
for a while looking at other peoples chicken coops, and btw, most of them are pretty lame,
then this may be something you could use. But if you want real plans and are going to actually
build something, you will need to look elsewhere.
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This book didn't help me. I'll have to buy another one, but won't get my money back.