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
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.
We released our very first self-published book. The Chicken Coop Manual in 2014. It is a full color guide to conventional and alternative poultry housing options, including 8 conventional stud construction plans, 12 alternative housing methods, and almost 20 different design features. This book is available on Amazon.com and as a PDF download. Please visit The Chicken Coop Manual page for more information.
We started with rabbits in 2002, and we've been experimenting with colony management ever since. Fast forward to 2017, when I decided to write another book, this time about colony management. The book is chock-full of practical information, and is available from both Amazon and as a PDF download. Please visit the Rabbit Colonies page for more information.
The Pastured Pig Handbook
We are currently working on our next self-published book: The Pastured Pig Handbook. This particular book addresses a profitable, popular and successful hog management approach which sadly is not yet well documented. Our handbook, will cover all the various issues involved with pastured hog management, including case studies of numerous current pastured pig operations. If you have any questions about this book, please Contact Us.