DIY Chicken Coops: What's the Scoop on the Backyard Chicken Coop? by Tiffany Zook
In November, the hubs and I took the family to pick out eight feathered friends for a backyard flock. After borrowing books at the library about raising chicks, attending a free community workshop and browsing coop ideas on Pinterest, our plan was ready to hatch.
My super-handy husband created our coop out of mainly recycled materials, scraps from old home improvement projects and a few trash-picked pallets. But there is one thing that was not discussed in the books or pinned on boards: chickens poop ... a lot!
Photo: Tiffany Zook's DIY chicken coop.
Free-ranging birds on a 50-acre ranch is one thing, but having a backyard flock means you will have poo on the shoe (and yard, swing set, porch). Our hens even sat on the patio chairs and did their business.
Quickly realizing that we needed a solution, we created a spacious chicken run to reclaim our backyard, letting the ladies free range for two to three hours each night before they roost up in their cozy coop. The run is large, shaded and protects them from predators.
Check with your municipality before you begin this process, and don't let the poop make you fly the coop!
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