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...]

Use Your Chicken Coop Plans to Start a Profitable Business

From chicken coop plans to business plans...

Start a Chicken Coop Business

Depending upon where you live, you may be able to start a profitable side business selling premade chicken coops.  I recently came across an article about a couple from Oregon who are doing just that:

According to the article, the couple's custom cabinet shop, that they have operated since 1975, was hit hard by the current economic downturn.  Instead of giving up, they decided to think outside of the box, and began building and selling chicken tractors, compact greenhouses, compost bins, and raised bed gardening systems. [Read more...]

Chicken Coop Kits

If you live in a rural area, there's a good chance that either a nearby store or farmer sells do it yourself chicken coop kits.  To find a supplier, it may take some calling around to local farm equipment dealers, feed suppliers, and even veterinarians specializing in livestock care.

If your search is not successful, you may be able to track one down online.  We found a few good sources:

Not to henpack or anything, but one major disadvantage to purchasing online is that you end up spending quite a bit of money to pay for shipping and handling.  After all, chicken coops are not a lightweight little bundle that the UPS man can just plop on your front porch.  Even if the vendor claims to provide "free shipping", you can bet your bottom dollar these costs are added into the price.

A good alternative is to build one from scratch.  If you can get your hands on a good set of chicken coop plans, you may be surprised at what you can build in a weekend.  The best plans come with detailed blueprints and material lists, and although you will have to cut your own lumber, there really is not much additional effort involved.

As always, if you find any other good sources of chicken coop kits, we would love to hear about them.  Just leave a quick comment below...