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Custom Chicken Coop Design Considerations

Unique materials and good design considerations will help you create a custom chicken coop design that won’t offend your neighbors and will provide a safe, healthy home for your feathered friends.



Jennifer Carlson’s modular coop comes apart in three pieces. The roof was designed to have a steep pitch so predators would be less likely to hang out, stressing the flock.
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"Free-Range Chicken Gardens" by Jessi Bloom, offers specific advice on keeping chickens while maintaining a beautiful garden.
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A detachable wheel on a chicken tractor makes it easy to move.
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Chicken coop floor plan
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Rachael Vitous and Dan Bauer designed this cozy coop to match their house and built it with salvaged materials.
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This coop has pullout manure trays under the roost bars for easy cleaning.
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Prayer flags hang inside this coop.
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The clear roofing material over this coop’s attached run lets in natural light and doubles as a drying rack for onions and garlic.
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This chicken door in a run is opened and closed by a simple pulley system from the other side.
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At the end of the growing season in this vegetable garden, hens are put to work in an A-frame tractor to help clean up.
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