When we started our flock, we looked in vain for chicken coop plans. Most poultry books discussed breeds, feeding, health, egg production, etc. But none of them offered detailed coop plans or options. At most, they offered a page or two of general housing information, as if "one size fits all". We built our first coop in that vacuum of information. We quickly learned that first shelter was far from ideal. Then we built another coop based on what we'd figured out so far. That one did better, but still we had some lessons to learn. More than a decade later, and several coop designs down the road, we've learned a lot about how many different issues affect poultry coop success.
Since then, we've helped new flock owners develop their own chicken coop plans. We were happy to help, but giving them all that information all at once was often overwhelming. Yet we knew that choosing chicken coop plans was only part of the process. Owners needed to consider a lot of other factors before building a coop. That's when it occurred to us that a book would be the best way to communicate all that information. So we wrote a book about chicken coops:
The Chicken Coop Manual is a comprehensive reference manual for all issues related to creating and maintaining successful poultry housing. It has four sections:
Section I covers these poultry-housing topics:
Click here to read an excerpt from Section I
Section II describes the pro's and con's of eight different chicken coop plans, all using conventional stud construction:
Click here to read an excerpt from Section II
Section III provides information about twelve alternative shelter ideas, where materials or buildings intended for other purposes have been successfully used as poultry housing:
Click here to read an excerpt from Section III
Section IV provides a wide range of additional resources, such as books, websites, and articles which all touch on flock housing and management.
Click here to read an excerpt from Section IV
PDF Format, via Paypal, for $9.99
The PDF format is 83 pages long, 8.5" x 11" size, full color, with a hyperlink Table Of Contents. The PDF file will be available for instant download as soon as payment is confirmed via Paypal. Note: After you have received confirmation from Paypal that your payment has been successful, you will see a hyperlink on the Paypal page for "Return To Frog Chorus Farm". Click that link to go to the instant download page. If you leave the Paypal page without clicking that link, please Contact Us so that we can send you the link manually. That followup may take up to 3 full business days.
Amazon.com Print or Kindle Format, prices vary
(current list prices as of March 2017 are $6.99-$9.99 for the Kindle version, and $26.49 for the New print version; used copies also available)
We are delighted to offer our book in both Print and Kindle format via Amazon.com. All we ask is that folks post a review of our book once they've read it. The price will vary according to format and condition (new vs used). Note: If you would like to order a case of printed books for your school, 4H/FFA club, feed store, poultry club or other group, please Contact Us for wholesale pricing.
We sincerely hope that new flock owners will find answers to all their chicken coop questions within this manual. We hope that they share with us their eventual chicken coop plans, and how well those plans worked for them.