Checklist for Building a Chicken Coop

There’s nothing worse than having to re-do your chicken coop set-up because you didn’t build it right the first time. This Chicken Coop Checklist offers good advice and great  suggestions on how to avoid those little problems that can easily turn into big headaches later. Keeping chickens shouldn’t be a huge chore, creating a functional space that is convenient to maintain will give you more freedom to enjoy your flock.

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Costco Chicken Coop, a Review

Costco has failed chicken keeping 101… in so many ways

costco chicken coop

A Phoenix Costco has jumped on the urban chicken keeping bandwagon, selling this coop for $279.  That’s a lot of money for this poorly designed flimsy wood structure with cheap hardware.
Size matters in Phoenix! This coop will house 2 unhappy chickens, but it will also bake them alive in Phoenix summers.

Why it Fails my Approval

  • Next boxes haven’t a lip on the edge, bedding kicked out results in broken eggs.
  • All the doors are really small making access difficult.
  • Roofing material is a poor choice, especially for Phoenix.
  • Roost is narrow and too low.
  • Hardware is cheap & used sparingly, doors will likely warp.

So back to the drawing board friends, and happy coop hunting… elsewhere.

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Where Wealthy Chickens Live

If I had one wish, this chicken coop would be it. It’s even built on a hill for drainage, has real doors and screens too! Something tells me there’s probably electric and water in there… think?

I’ve kept this chicken coop dream house tucked away for so long I have know idea where the pic came from anymore. But whoever designed it… you are my hero!

I can’t even imagine having something this nice for my birds. Hopefully when this property someday sells the new owner won’t use it for something as stupid as a tool shed, that would break my heart.

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The Worst Chicken Coop… Before and After

This is without a doubt the worst chicken coop I’ve ever seen. But… after the tear-down, look at the stunning beauty these chicken keepers built! Incredible planning, efficient, and secure.

Wow!

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