How to Build a Chicken Coop

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Backyard chicken coops continue to gain in popularity and I don’t see any signs of it slowing down. Chickens are great for the homesteader or dare I say, even the weekend prepper and suburban survivalist, given the advantage of having a source of fresh eggs. But you must safeguard your flock by building a quality coop to keep them safe and well-fed. Today I’ll share with you how to build a chicken coop a few different ways.

DIY chicken coop

Having chickens is smart, as well as it is rewarding. Pre-made chicken coops are fairly easy to find, but it’s a lot more fun to make your own! Raising chickens in your back yard can have many great benefits. This is why I always like to share great DIY projects to keep your skills tuned and expanded.

Books on How To Build a Chicken Coop

Books are inexpensive, and yet they can teach and inspire you to build the perfect coop for your flock. Here are some of my favorites:

50 Do-It-Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens: Chicken Coops, Brooders, Runs, Swings, Dust Baths, and More!50 Do-It-Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens:50 Do-It-Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens: Chicken Coops, Brooders, Runs, Swings, Dust Baths, and More!Chicken Coops for Beginners: 7 Plans to Build Your First Chicken Coop: (How to Build a Chicken Coop, DIY Chicken Coops) (Backyard Chicken Coop)Chicken Coops for BeginnersChicken Coops for Beginners: 7 Plans to Build Your First Chicken Coop: (How to Build a Chicken Coop, DIY Chicken Coops) (Backyard Chicken Coop)Chicken Coops: 45 Building Ideas for Housing Your FlockChicken Coops: 45 Building Ideas for Housing Your FlockChicken Coops: 45 Building Ideas for Housing Your Flock

How To Build A Chicken Coop

As the weather is cooling off a little, I think it is time I made my hens a new home. I have had a cheap tractor supply coop for years, and quite frankly, it sucks! It's too small and not very sturdy!

I decided it's time to make my own because chicken coops are not cheap! After searching around a lot, all that was coming back were "buy this plan", "get your plan for 20 bucks", etc.

And since I don't want to pay for chicken coop plans, here's a list of chicken coop ideas and designs others built for inspiration.

Why Raise Chickens

Source of Food

For most people, chickens are a means of creating a protein source. Be it eggs or meat. If you want to assure your family’s well being, raise chicken, goats, cows, etc., and grow food in your own garden.

Pest Control

Chickens are also great at taking care of different types of pests. Things like ticks and chiggers come under serious fire when it comes to chickens free-ranging. These nasty biting little creatures are a huge problem for us and our pets but they are a menu item for our chickens.

Compost

All that bedding and chicken poop can be composted. That powerful compost is then added to your garden and you are really doing some powerful work with soil amendment.

There’s a lot that a simple chicken coop and a small flock make possible. It goes a long way!

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Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food

Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.

Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.

Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.

Learn How to Make Pemmican

How To Make Pemmican: The Original Survival Food - If you're living through a disaster where you're on your feet a lot and don't have time to cook, one of the best foods you can eat is pemmican. It's packed full of fat and protein and can give you lots of steady energy throughout the day.

People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.

These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.

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