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Q: anyone know of plans for a good, urban chicken coop?

March 20, 2009 | By Ronatha | 3 answers | Expired: 1937 days ago

Ronatha

We are thinking of having 2-3 hens in our yard as we live in the burbs and love fresh eggs and chickens. I've seen some plans on the Internet but wonder if anyone else knows of any or where to get a good coop already made? We will need to keep predators out (mainly racoons) and easy to keep clean. We have a good sized yard and would like to keep costs down but want an attractive coop with a run for them to stretch out and have some fun. Thanks!

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daryl b.
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Mar 20, 2009

i am sorry ronatha but this reminded me of a funny story. years ago we were visiting some friends in the city and were in the kitchen. they people were from germany. they had an enclosed mud room off the kitchen. i kept hearing noises and looked at her and asked what it was. she said chiggers. chiggers i thought they are bugs so i asked her again and she sai chiggers. i finally got up to look at these bugs. sure enough there wee 4 hens sitting on eggs. i laughed for 2 days. but it was a good place to keep them in the heart of the city

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Looking
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Mar 20, 2009

You don't say how much room you have, or how much money you're willing to spend. A dog kennel would probably work. You might have to add a "side" or two, to cover the top, depending on what type of predators you are cooncerned about (if flying and/or climbing predators, you will probably want a top). You can probably do a google search on chicken coops for more ideas. Good luck. There's nothing to compare with home-grown eggs, or the pleasure of watching chickens.

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Afaup
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Mar 21, 2009

Try either the magazine or the website for Mother Earth News. They have both plans and locations where you can get or make a coop. They can also suggest the best hens for you to get for your coop and yard. Many of the coops I've seen aren't too large, but are portable so they can be easily moved without ever exposing the hens to outside predators. Its a great magazine to have if you like to have a little of the farm life in a city environment. Hope this helps.

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