Urban Chicken Coops from Ikea?

I have talked here before about the rising popularity of urban chicken coops.  Of course, nothing says "urban" like Ikea...

Recently, a chicken coop primarily made of Ikea products was featured on the IkeaHacker blog:

Ikea Chicken Coop

Click here to see more pictures and read about the Ikea chicken coop...

The family who built this coop spent about $400 to make it.  However, they did make one "deadly" mistake.  They used green plastic chicken mesh to enclose the coop.  Unfortunately, their foster dog broke into the coop and killed their four chickens.  Lesson learned - now they have three new chicks, and have replaced the plastic mesh with wire. [Read more...]

My Favorite Chicken Coop Building Plans

A good set of chicken coop building plans will save you a lot of hassles.  Surprisingly, they are not that expensive either.  The plans I recommend here cost about thirty dollars, a modest investment considering how much they will probably save you in the long run.

Before I chit chat any more, here are the ones I recommend...

Downloadable Chicken Coop PlansThe one great thing about these is that you don't have to wait around for them.  They are downloadable, which means they could be in your hands within the next five minutes.  Ten minutes from now, you could be getting in your truck with a complete list of materials, driving to a nearby lumber store.  And by the end of this weekend, you could have a brand new, handmade chicken coop sitting in your backyard.  That's the beauty of the internet.  I don't know how it works - I just know it does! [Read more...]