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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.
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 for BeginnersChicken Coops: 45 Building Ideas for Housing Your Flock
I don't know about you but I am a sucker for a great chicken coop or project. It's great seeing the creativity of others: learning what they house their chickens in.
I think chickens in cute coops help to balance the world ending scenarios that we as preppers and survivalists confront on a day to day basis. It's a heavy burden to carry. So, when you see a coop that's shaped like an old RV it helps you deal with that a little bit.
There are some great coops highlighted in the article below. There are links to each coop so you can see what it looks like. There are also free plans to build your own chicken coop from scratch as well.
Are you thinking about getting chickens this year? confused about what you want as a coop?
If you are looking to build your own coop or just starting out and don't want to buy a 600 dollar tiny chicken coop, this is for you!
Build your own simple yet awesome chicken coop for your backyard and save hundreds of dollars.
This cool DIY project could save you hundreds of dollars and get you a bigger coop for your money. The materials needed can be bought from any hardware store.
But, to make this project even cheaper, try and use recycled pallets or look on Craigslist for FREE materials.
Here is a rundown of what you will need: 4 X 4 Wood, 1 X 1 Wood, Wood Shed Siding, Concrete Ground Pavers, Deck Screws, Drywall Screws, Wood Glue, Chicken Wire, Screen Door Wire, and other misc parts & pieces.
Chickens need a coop to sleep at night, and this one will keep your hens safe and warm with the traditional look of what I personally love. Check out how to make this coop and remember to post your photos on our Facebook page if you build it 🙂
Setting up a new homestead when you're on a budget can be tough. It requires a creative spirit, scrounging ability, and some basic DIY skills.
It is a lot of fun to make your own chicken coop! And you simply cannot beat fresh eggs.
Take a look at this cute chicken coop and get the plans to make one yourself.
This multi-purpose DIY project can serve as a great greenhouse or chicken coop. Easy to build for a very frugal price!
There are loads of garden DIY projects on the web. The difference between this and others is that this is a multi-purpose garden addition. You can add a cover to the structure and have it a greenhouse and take it off and use it as a chicken coop.
Use untreated pallets to build the structure. Check that the pallets have HT stamped on them, this means heat-treated.
You do not want any other wood, as it could be treated with nasty chemicals and seep into your soil, or worse, kill your chickens.
Check out this great tutorial and check the comments too, you always get great ideas from them...
These humble yard birds can transform a typical backyard into something of an urban homestead. Suddenly you are producing eggs and that takes what you produce to a lot more valuable. You have an answer for protein in your own backyard.
It feels good.
That said, chickens are delicious and you aren't the only one that thinks so. There will be creatures that want to eat your eggs and your birds.
Now, as ruthless as chickens can be, they are not prepared to dance with the likes of a fox or raccoon. One of these animals can ravage an entire coop of chickens. You have to be sure that your coop is secure.
Of course, that doesn't mean you have to buy an expensive $800 dollar coop. There are a number of DIY coop plans out there for you to take advantage of.
In fact, you could use a number of different types of frames from other builds to start your chicken coop.
You can even make a chicken coop from a swingset!
It's a strange thing, owning chickens. Keeping chickens and having that as an added responsibility. You are on the hook for keeping these little guys alive, warm, fed, watered and safe from predators. It's a serious responsibility.
It is also one of those things where you know that, eventually, failure is inevitable. They get sick and die or some tricky predator figures out how to get them. It can be a bit depressing depending on the type of person you are.
Still, when you go out to the coop and visit them its a great feeling. When you look in the box and there are some fresh eggs there for your breakfast, its an amazing feeling.
If you want to build a new coop or improve your current coop, this is a great little project.
Imagine a convenient location for all of your chicken needs! This DIY cabinet chicken coop is all about convenience 😉
As you can see, you can conveniently place your eggs into the dresser drawers and your chickens where your dishes would normally go.
I bet that you can make your way to the thrift shop and pick up a cheap-looking hutch for around $200, which is still inexpensive.
Chickens need space to roam, so the unit should be placed in a backyard to give them access to the outdoors.
If I were allowed chickens (stupid city rules) I would build this in a heart beat!
If you are an urban survivor or even a suburban survivor, you need to do everything you can to get a coop and get some chickens. The feeling you get when you realize you have a protein source in eggs in your backyard is incredible.
You are only one rooster away from having a renewable source of eggs and even meat. Having access to this protein is a game-changer when survival takes over.
Of course, the process of keeping chickens means you are responsible for keeping these creatures alive. They will be tasty for your family and also for predators.
Beyond that, you are going to have to care for your chickens in the elements. They will have to survive the cold winter.
This is a great look at how to insulate the chicken coop on the cheap. This method coupled with deep bedding will help your chickens stay comfortable through the winter.
One of the easiest and most rewarding forms of protein to get your hands on is chicken eggs. You'll enjoy watching the little-feathered dinosaurs walk around and peck away at bugs and pests in your yard.
Of course, you will have to lock them up and protect them, but in their run or in their tractor you will see them doing their thing.
It's all fun and games till the weather gets ugly. Once its gets cold outside they bed down and worst of all the water gets frozen.
Chickens will not drink frozen water. It is your responsibility as a chicken owner to make sure they have drinkable water. This is a great project breakdown of how to keep that water thawed using solar power.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.