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If you've always wanted to learn how to build a great chicken coop and start raising chickens but never knew how to do it, then keep listening....

Are you sick and tired of fragile, ready-made, and expensive chicken coops? 

Have you tried to build a chicken coop before without much success? 

Do you finally want to build a great chicken coop by yourself and start raising a happy flock of backyard chickens? 

If so, then you've come to the right place. Building a great chicken coop doesn't have to be difficult. Even if you've made a few attempts and failed before. 

In fact, it's easier than you think. 

A great chicken coop can be built by clearly understanding the reasons chickens need shelter and how to satisfy those needs. 

This means you can learn how to make a great chicken coop without having to be a professional carpenter. 

Here's just a tiny fraction of what you'll discover: 

  • Learn about backyard chickens and which breed is best for you. 
  • Enlighten yourself with the benefits of raising backyard chickens.
  • Learn the drawbacks of raising chickens in your backyard.
  • Find out about the essential needs of chickens.
  • Learn the various types of shelter that chickens need and how to provide it.
  • Discover the key characteristics of an efficient chicken coop.
  • Discover the different types of chicken coop designs available.
  • Learn the most common chicken coop design mistakes.
  • Powerful tips to help you build a great chicken coop all by yourself 
  • Tips and tricks on how to maintain a disease-free chicken coop 
  • Clear pointers on how to build chicken coops for different climates 
  • Learn how to raise free-range chickens.
  • Learn the best chicken feeders and waterers available.
  • Learn ways to make your chicken coop eco-friendly. 
  • And much, much more! 

Take a second to imagine how you'll feel once you finish building your own chicken coop, and how your family and friends will react when they see your happy flock of backyard chickens living in it. 

Even if you're new to raising backyard chickens, you can successfully build a great chicken coop and have an amazing flock of healthy, happy fowl. If you’re ready to get started, scroll up and click "Buy Now" button today! 

©2020 Catherine Xavier (P)2020 Catherine Xavier

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Simplicity At Its Finest!

Raising backyard chickens is a highly rewarding activity for modern families. It offers them numerous benefits and provides them with a highly enjoyable activity. Having an efficient chicken coop is one of the most important prerequisites of raising backyard chickens.

One of the best ways to decide whether or not to raise chicken in a backyard is to answer a series of very simple questions. The first question people should ask themselves is, "Why do I want to raise backyard chickens?" The answer to this question will truly reveal whether committing to raising chickens is realistic or not. It's important to have a few motivating factors in maintaining that commitment in the long run.

The answer to the above question will also help aspiring backyard chicken owners decide the breed of chickens they want to purchase or hatch. If they desire a continuous supply of eggs, they can go for a breed that is known for eggs. If the motivating factor is fresh and organic meat, they can go for a larger breed of chicken that provides more meat. If an individual or a family intends to raise chickens as a hobby, they can go for an ornamental breed that suits the climate they live in.

This guide hopes to provide the reader with the information, tips and tricks, and guidance so that they can build a great chicken coop.

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Space required for chickens

Estimating the space that a flock of chickens requires is usually straightforward. However, it's important to remember that some breeds may require more or less space than others. While having more space than required is preferred, having less space should be avoided as much as possible for the well-being of chickens. Generally, every chicken in a flock should have four square feet of space inside the chicken coop. Having extra space is highly recommended since it allows better living conditions for the chickens while also allowing for the future expansion of the flock. Backyard chicken owners who do not plan on letting their chickens forage should also have a spacious chicken run connected to the chicken coop. The chicken runs should have at least 10 square feet per chicken so that they can roam around freely during the day. It's highly advised not to have less than ideal space for chickens as it can lead to behavioral problems such as bickering and the spreading of diseases. It is common for many backyard chicken owners to start with spacious chicken coops and runs. However, as the flock increases, they experience overcrowding issues. Therefore, it's important to keep a possible increase in flock size in the future when designing a chicken coop and run. It's important to realize that a flock should have new additions to sustain its production of eggs and meat. Younger chickens will take over the majority of the output during the age of the other. Therefore, a backyard chicken owner should always plan for more chickens than the number they start with.

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Many kinds of domesticated chickens can be raised in a backyard. Most of these breeds are known to provide various benefits such as eggs, meat, and ornamental value. Therefore, an individual or family needs to decide the type of breed or breeds they want to raise depending on their expectations of raising chickens. The most common reason for people deciding to raise backyard chickens is to enjoy a continuous supply of fresh eggs. Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Barred Rocks, and Hybrids are popular breeds for laying brown eggs. When it comes to white eggs, White Leghorn hybrids, Leghorn, and Blue Andalusians are popular among many chicken farmers. Fresh and healthy meat is increasingly difficult to find for most people, especially those who live closer to the cities. As a result, some individuals and families consider raising backyard chickens for meat. Meat that comes from backyard chickens is not only healthy and fresh but also full of flavor. Breeds that grow quickly and larger are usually more suited for those who raise chickens for meat. Jersey Giant, Cornish Cross, and Bresse are some of the most popular breeds of chickens for meat. Households that expect both eggs and meat from their backyard chickens can go for dual-purpose breeds such as Plymouth Barred Rock, Sussex, or Buff Orpingtons.

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The Initial Investment.

Most newcomers to raising backyard chickens do not realize that it takes considerable investment. Therefore, plans need to be made after deciding the budget for their backyard chicken venture. Chicken coops can be expensive, especially if they are made to accommodate a large flock. However, some costs can be cut down by using recycled or salvaged materials. Nevertheless, a chicken coop requires a sizable investment.

If chicken owners are planning to let chickens forage in their backyards, they need to invest money in chicken-proofing and fencing. Purchasing eggs for hatching, chicks, young chickens, Pullets, or mature chickens can also cost some money for new chicken owners.

The initial investment that is required to start raising backyard chickens is usually determined by the size of the flock, the design of the chicken coop, and whether chicken-proofing is required or not. It would generally require at least require an investment of $200 to $300 to start raising a small flock of chickens.

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Book for Chicken Keepers!

Take a second to imagine how you'll feel once you finish building your own chicken coop, and how your family and friends will react when they see your happy flock of backyard chickens living in it.

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With a minimal investment?

Those who want to start their backyard chicken project with a minimal investment are advised to go for chicks that are a day or two old. However, they need more protection, care, and time until they start laying eggs. Young chicks that are about to start laying eggs are known a Pullets. Pullets are usually four to six months old. Therefore, they require much less care.

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Expand and maintain your flock.

What a fabulous book this is! I so wish my wife and I had this book many years ago when we began to raise chickens.

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The only book you need for Chickens!

I really appreciate Catherine's clear and concise writing. She walks you through all things chickens—prepping for them before they arrive, proper feeding and housing, keeping a healthy flock and treating any illnesses and injuries, predator issues, and more.

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Important info!

A great book full of knowledge to help you get to the next step in raising a healthy and happy backyard flock. Good information on building coops, treating sick or injured birds, protecting from predators and expanding your flock. Written in an easy to understand format. Loved the book.

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For the newbie and backyard farmer alike.

A well-designed coop is not a cruel way to house chickens instead, it is a way to keep your chickens safe and comfortable, which will increase your flock's productivity and profitability.

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Deciding the Flock size

One of the decisions that many aspiring backyard chicken owners struggle with is determining the number of chickens they are going to start with. This decision needs to be taken after carefully considering the amount of space available and the amount that they are willing to invest initially to build the chicken coop. They must also consider other arrangements such as chicken proofing their backyards and the amount of time they have to tend to their chickens. It's important not to start with a flock that fully occupies the amount of space available. For example, if you have sufficient space for 20 chickens, start with half that amount or less. It's important to add younger chickens to a flock to maintain its output of eggs and meat. Therefore, new chicken owners should ideally start with a smaller flock while keeping some space available for new additions down the road. One of the best ways to determine the initial flock size is to question the purpose of raising backyard chickens. If an aspiring backyard chicken owner wants to enjoy fresh eggs, they need to think about how many eggs they expect their chickens to produce daily to provide for them and their family. An adult hen usually lays around two eggs every three days. Young chickens usually take around two years to reach this optimal capacity to produce eggs. From there on, their frequency of laying eggs will slowly decrease. As a result, younger chickens need to be included in the flock to maintain a steady supply of fresh eggs. A healthy chicken usually has a lifespan of five to ten years. As a result, a flock of chickens can increase in numbers during that time. Chicken owners need to be prepared for the increasing flock size, especially if they are not willing to kill older chickens for meat.

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Everything you need to know to get started.

Learn the various types of shelter that chickens need and how to provide it. Discover the key characteristics of an efficient chicken coop.

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All you need to know.

She goes over breeds, egg variations and the Romance that takes place in your flock. It also has a glossary of terms and verbiage commonly used in raising chickens on your homestead or in your backyard!

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A chicken coop should be easy to keep clean.

Elevate a chicken coop off the ground at least 1 foot for many reasons. An elevated coop ensures air can circulate around the coop, can prevent flooding in flood-prone areas, and prevents rats and mice from nesting.

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A Fantastic 5 Star Book!

Chickens need access to clean water all the time. They also need to be provided with food throughout the day. Chicken waterers and feeders are used for these purposes. All kinds of chicken waterers and feeders exist in the market with their own pros and cons. Chapter 13 takes the reader through the most popular chicken waterers and feeders while clearly explaining their strengths and weaknesses.

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  • 09-18-21

It will help to insure your success!

Why should you buy this book? It will save you a tremendous amount of time, money and frustration. If you follow the book, it will help to insure your success! It clearly outlines what chickens need and want throughout their life. By reading this audiobook (and keeping it as a ready reference) you will be a much better caretaker of these wonderful animals.

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  • 09-10-21

Comprehensive and informative.

Catherine did a wonderful job on this book; it is comprehensive and informative. You learn how to prepare for and get your chicks started, how to feed and house them, keep them healthy and treat injuries, protect from predators, deal with end of life issues, and everything in between. It is all done in a conversational manner that is easy to read and understand. I highly recommend it.

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  • 08-25-21

Everything old is new again.

Some things aren't really necessary if you have good hens, such a chicken brooder (as the hens are really good at keeping their babies warm), but hey, it is good to know how to make them.