DIY: Small Backyard Chicken Coop Part 1

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This chicken coop is great for an urban setting where only a couple chickens will be kept. Its small footprint and low profile design makes it easy to place in any location in your backyard. Its small and mobile design means it can double as a carrier as well.

The criteria this chicken coop needed to meet was the following:

1. Must be small and accommodate 2 to 4 chickens.
2. Easy set up and take down.
3. Must double as a transport carrier.
4. Must have a large access so it can be cleaned easily.

Most of the following information can probably be filed under the “no brainer” category for most. Of course if you don’t know it then it isn’t a “no brainer” so here goes:

1. As is the case with many small and mobile chicken coop designs, sacrifices have to be made. Usually in the form of security. This one is no different.

2. This chicken coop is designed with an urban setting in mind.

3. Predators such as a fox, coyote or even dogs can dig underneath the run area. You could try to combat this by extending the wire completely underneath the base and run area. Usually the wire is dug into the ground 6 to 12 inches but then the coop ceases to be mobile.

4. Generally speaking chickens are only inside the coop at night and when laying eggs. With that in mind I estimate the size of this coop can accommodate up to 4 chickens. However, the run area depicted in the video is WAY to small for four chickens. We let our chickens run the entire backyard during the day and are only enclosed in the run area when we are away. If you intended to keep 4 chickens enclosed in a run I would recommend doubling if not tripling the run area you see in the video. Chickens get bored just like you and me. If that happens and their space is to small, they will start to peck each other, sometimes to death. This is why their beaks are often times cut off in commercial operations.

5. Be kind to your chickens and they will be kind to you. If you care for them, they will care for you and your family. They will provide not just nutritious eggs but also quality entertainment.

Much better than whatever junk is on cable TV these days.

For a walk through of the process used to cut dados into the four corner pieces watch my “DIY: Drill Press Drum Sanding Station with Dust Collection” video here:

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