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Poultry House Construction (Gold Cockerel) Paperback – October 31, 1997
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Only basic skills are really needed, and this book tells you everything you need to know.
1. There are several different designs included in the book covering housing of different types for various purposes or situations: Duck nest Boxes, Internal Nest Boxes, Broody-Bantam-Rabbit Coop, Broody Boxes, Anti-broody Coop (Sin Bin), Trap nest Box, Show Box, Bantam Ark, 8ft Run, two Arks, Free Range Feeder, Eight-Hen House, and more.
2. There appears to be sufficient detail on each plan to enable me to be successful in completing the projects.
Some of the short comings of this book include: 1) for the beginner, the book does not provide a lot of background on which type of housing should be used for a particular situation. For example, would I be better off building a fixed coop or a movable (tractor) coop? 2) The plans in the book are hand drawn, and it takes some additional effort to understand them compared with professionally drafted plans. 3) There are no materials lists or step-by step instructions, so you'll have to spend some time to calculate those things as well. It would have been nice if the author had included at least a materials list for the plans as specified.
However, I am very pleased with this book, because it has helped me to think about the housing needs for the chickens, and it has provided me with a lot of good construction and design ideas/considerations. At the end of the day, I'll probably adapt one or more of the plans in this book to my own needs and build it.
I recommend this book for anyone who is thinking about raising chickens or other poultry, and planning to build their own housing for their birds.
What I feel might be one of the most important features of this book for beginners to construction (like I was), was tips to help you stay away from some of the pit falls beginners make when building a coop (never use felt paper on the roofs of chicken houses it attracts red mite). The author tells you what tools you will need, what woods to use (and more importantly which ones not to use), and he just brings things to your attention that you should consider prior to starting. All this plus 8 coop picture with designs, range feeder design, rabbit coop design, and all in under a hundred pages. This book does all any book could in under a hundred pages. Trust me this book will save you a lot of money and heartache (I know I wish I had it when I built mine).
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As an example, instead of explaining what an onduline roof sheet is in the typed text, there is almost a paragraph of handwritten (again tiny print!) explanation on the plan itself. I think the publishers did a poor job with design.
I'm assuming it would suit an experienced person well, but from a perspective of a beginner, I have no use for this book.
It would have been handy to have the total lengths of wood required for each coop stated, but unless you intend to build every one in the book, adding up the bits isn't too big a job. B&Q have packs of wood with the dimensions in both Metric and Imperial, but Wickes are much cheaper, and timber yards cheapest and most likely to have the exact sizes you want.
Keeping mainly bantams, this book has arks that are ideal for housing these little birds.
Not impressed with the drawings( too small and squashed on the pages)
Front cover is good ,that's why I bought this book and the few photos inside are good.
Writer needs to learn the difference between "off" and "of" .
I did find the general information relating to the animals helped a lot with my own desisions when constructing my own hen house.
quite a good read.