Chicken Housing: Everything you need to know about chicken coop designs for the best coops.

Get all the facts about coops in this FREE guide

Dear Friend,

OK, so you are getting ready to start your chicken adventure and need chicken housing… or your current coop isn’t meeting your flock’s needs… or you just want to check out modifications to your existing coop.

Whatever your reason for researching chicken housing, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Here at Countryside Network, we’re poultry experts, and we love our chickens! In fact, we’re so dedicated to having the best coops, we’ve written a complete guide for beginners — from A to Z — and we’re giving it away FREE.

Download it right now!

This is the ultimate beginner’s guide to chicken housing! Countryside Network publishes both Countryside & Small Stock Journal and Backyard Poultry, so you know we’ve got expertise you can rely on. Plus, we know exactly what questions you have, and we answer them all in this free guide!

Starting from scratch with chicken coop designs

This guide is written in straightforward language — no jargon! Plus, it delivers all of the basics. We wrote Chicken Housing: Everything you need to know about chicken coop designs for the best coops to help you…

  • Learn the ins and outs of certain coop designs
  • Discover how to build a coop to keep your flock happy, healthy, productive and fun
  • Enjoy the fruits of your labors in eggs and peace of mind
  • Choose the best chicken coop design for your needs and preferences, whatever they are
  • Become an expert on the best coop designs for your flock, no matter what your level of previous experience

In short, the first step to getting a great coop is to download this FREE handbook right now!

Let’s start at the beginning: How much will you have to spend on your chicken housing? This guide contains plans for several chicken coop designs… one of them can be built for about $200!

Are you worried about letting your chickens out in the morning or closing them in at night when you aren’t there? Because our chicken experts have experienced the same worry, they explain how the best coops should be equipped with an automatic chicken door. They share advice on what’s important to consider when choosing an automatic chicken door for your coop.

Then there’s the nesting boxes — it’s not as hard as you might expect! There are many factors to consider when considering nesting boxes. This guide walks you through the decision making process and offers several options for them… including building your own in just 3 simple steps.

In other words, you don’t have to experiment with a single thing – just read this free coop guide and get everything right the first time!

Just the right amount of coop information

If you’re searching the Internet for chicken housing, you’ve probably noticed that there’s almost too much information out there. Different suggestions for chicken coop designs, theories about nesting boxes and roosting bars, and vague generalities about cost.

This guide is different: We separate the good from the bad, ignore the in-between and give it to you straight. For instance, there are numerous theories on the best coops, but this guide sticks with one: Chicken housing is simply a structure that gives your flock shelter from weather and predators. No matter which of the chicken coop designs you choose, there are a few basic things you need to consider: space, location, lighting, ventilation, flooring, nests, roosts, and doors. Once these are determined, the best coops are those that make both you and your flock happy!

One day you might be comfortable experimenting on your own, but there’s no need to when you’re a beginner, if you read our guide!

Just to make sure you’ve got the picture, here’s exactly what the guide teaches you, all in that same practical, specific language:

  • What you need to consider before choosing your chicken housing
  • How to build a chicken coop
  • The importance of nesting boxes and how you can build your own
  • Pros and cons of heating your coop
  • Choosing a roosting bar that makes your chickens happy

You get awesome coop ideas, from the most sophisticated to the simple and practical. You get tips and advice on roosting bars, nesting boxes and automatic chicken doors.

In other words — why wouldn’t you read this free guide before you get started modifying or building your coop?

Complete chicken housing confidence in 26 pages

Yep, that’s exactly what we want to give you with this free guide: Complete confidence. It will only take you 30 minutes or so to read it, but it will give you all the basics and then some, saving you time, money and aggravation down the road. Even if you’ve never thought about chicken housing before, you’ll be completely prepared, ready to tackle this new adventure — and actually enjoy it, instead of losing sleep over it!

For instance, many people new to chicken coop designs see elaborate and expensive chicken coop designs at the hardware store, and determine that they can’t possibly afford proper chicken housing. That’s not true! We provide plans for a simple coop that costs about $200 to build.

Then there’s the tricky question about whether or not to heat your chicken coop in the winter. This can be a tough one… depending on where you live and if you want your birds to produce eggs through the winter. Turns out, chickens are amazing animals and will typically fair well if the coop is kept around 40° F. Keeping your coop comfortable for your chickens will result in happy hens.

What about roosting bars? Because chickens prefer to be up off the ground when they sleep, roosting bars are a necessity. So, how far off the ground… and how wide do they need to be? Our chicken experts address these very questions in this FREE guide.

As you can see, we’ve removed most of the obstacles you might perceive to choosing the best coop, just by writing this guide! We want you to enjoy choosing your chicken housing, not just suffer through it.

So why not download the free guide right now, and start planning your new coop immediately? Once you see all the steps to take and how to execute them, it will start to seem much less challenging than you might have thought. Cost-effective, functional chicken housing can be yours — what’s not to love about coops? Read the guide right now!

Yours for functional, cost-effective coops,

Ellen Grunseth
for Countryside Network

PS: Did you know that you could use salvaged pallet wood to build simple, sturdy chicken housing? Find out more about the basics of chicken coop designs in this FREE guide!

PPS: Remember, this useful guide is absolutely FREE and instantly downloadable. There’s no need to wait to get this expert, hands-on advice from Countryside Network!

  • I’m considering building a chicken coop in Latham, NY on an organic produce farm. There are coyotes in the area so safety & protection from harsh winters are major concern.

  • I wish you published this info in a paper form ! I am unable to download anything that large on my tablet due to limits on my account, and I am sure that there are more people like me.

  • i missed the live chat when is the next live chat that is going to happen. i need to know

    • Hi Chicken Man – Sorry we missed you at the live chat. We are going to change the format a bit to better accommodate busy schedules. The next chat will be a Mon-Fri format. January 9 – 13. Thanks for your interest! ~Steph (Online Editor)

  • I look forward to your information on all matters that reference chickens.To put a finer point,especially matters about building a hen lock up coop that wil protect against Foxes.

  • You provide very useful tips on free range poultry keeping. Keep me updated on new developments.

  • I have 2 exact nesting boxes in my coop, but the chickens will only use one box. Sometimes there are 2-3 trying to lay an egg in the same box and the other one is empty. Can you tell me why, and how can I get them to use the other box?

    • Sometimes you have to take the dividers out of the laying boxes. The hens like to see each other and they will chit chat to each other about what ever hens chit chat about.

  • What actually goes on in a chicken’s brain. I cannot tell you. but I can tell you that in all parts of things motherly, female chickens often choose to do them in a group. This includes laying the eggs. Even it is White Leghorns, from high-production strains, that never go broody, they still seem to always want to lay in the same nest, and crowd-in together. When hens go broody and decide to set on the eggs, two or three will often go broody together, and they will pile into the same nest. I have actually had hens that smothered each-other to death, during hot weather. So before this happens, they may need to be physically separated. When the little chicks hatch, they are generally mothered by those same hens, in a unique show of both, or all three, taking care of the babies, often with no apparent jealousy. Also interesting is that roosters in the flock will also often engage in showing the babies how to scratch and look for food.

  • I would like to pass this tip on to anyone building a chicken coop. My husband built mine which incorporated a drop down door at the bottom of coop to facilitate tray removal and cleaning. At first I didn’t bother with trays. I used pine shavings on the floor and once a week would sweep it out and remove the old shavings and put clean shavings. Under the roosting bars it was a nasty mess and even with a good layer of shavings it was necessary to scrape the floor thoroughly each time. Then my husband made me two trays as wide as the coop and fitted to pull out easily from the drop down door. At first I filled the trays with dry very sandy soil (we live in Central Florida and that type of sand is in abundance on our property). I used a cat pooper scooper to clean out the trays into a bucket to add to compost pile. Still stinky and messy. I had an ah hah moment. Why not use a sheet of tin foil on the bottom of the worst tray, put a scoop of dry sand spread out finely to catch the poop. Works like a charm. All I do is scoop the few clumps from one tray into the worst tray and roll the tin foil up into a parcel and pop it into a doubled grocery bag to dump on the compost pile. Cleaning the coop takes me 10 minutes vs 30 minutes before.

  • I live in upstate Burke NY. I have coyotes around but my white and brown leghorn and 4 geese are free roaming I leave their coop hatch door open 24/7 except in really cold weather when my geese stay in I know it time to close it up . I haven,t lost any in the coop , I have lost a few during the day to a fox where they are out free ranging on about 4 acres I believe . I leave a 13 watt Led light on and a radio playing country music I built a 12 x12 coop with 2 shelves on one side , 40 inchs wide at 3ft above floor and 5 1/2 ft above floor, lower shelve is cage off to raise chicks in and top shelves is where the hens hang out I put a roost 6 ” above it . The geese stay on the floor .I used wood shaving and let them built up to help kept them warm during the winter and clean it out in spring .


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