Urban Chicken Coops

Urban Chicken Coops
Although urban chicken coops are not in every neighborhood, they are becoming a more common sight.

It makes you think about how things will be ten years from now.  Will Fido be sharing his dog house and water bowl with a small flock of hens?  It really makes me wonder...

Take the Eglu, for example.  Not even a decade ago, this plastic chicken coop would have been scoffed at by people who raise chickens.  These days, it's a hot seller, with people willing to plunk down a hefty sum of cash to have one in their yard.  Even used ones!  Not too long ago, I came across an eBay auction for a pre-owned Eglu.  The auction still had a couple of days left, but at the time, it had already received sixteen bids, with a current offer of $300.00! [Read more...]

Chicken Coop Automatic Door

Chicken Coop Automatic Door
Call me crazy, but a chicken coop automatic door just might make your life easier. Early every morning, you (or someone in your family) will have the chore of going out to the coop and letting the birds out into their run or your yard. Of course, at the same time, you are probably taking out some fresh water and chicken feed to your birds, so an automatic door may not seem like much of a necessity.

However, at night, you will want to make sure your flock is safely tucked inside their coop as soon as the sun begins to set. Many of their predators are nocturnal and attack under the cover of dark. If you are delayed at the office or enjoying a night out on the town with your family and friends, you may not like what you come home to find.

This is where automatic chicken coop doors come in handy... [Read more...]

A Look At Chicken Coop Designs

Chicken Coop Designs
When it comes to chicken coop designs, the sky's the limit! There are so many different sizes and shapes, as well as materials that can be used to make a coop.

Wood or plastic? These are the two most common materials used in construction of coops, with wood being the most popular. Wood is durable, easily repaired, and affordable.

Some newer coops are now being made from plastic. Plastic coops are easier to clean, more resistant to damage, and do not attract mites and rodents. This convenience comes at a price though. For example, the Eglu, a small coop that is popular with urban chicken owners, has a starting price of around $500.00.

Now let's look at some of the most popular shapes for chicken coop designs... [Read more...]