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At long last, our layer coop!

It’s been more than a year in the making, but our layer coop is finally built and is now abuzz with activity! I’ll devote plenty of upcoming posts explaining to you what I did, how I did it, and why I did it that way, but I’ll also spend time simplifying the process so you can implement some of these concepts into your own backyard
coop, no matter the size or location.

On our 20-acre farm, I had plenty of room to design and create the perfect coop for our needs. (You should do the same!) This coop was built for “layer” chickens – that is, chickens we want to have lay eggs.

The main concerns in any coop are the comfort of the chickens, their health, their safety and their biosecurity. We’ll go into more detail on each of those topics in future posts, but it’s important to remember that the look of your coop matters less than its function. You don’t have to buy or create an expensive coop to have healthy, happy chickens laying delicious, nutritious eggs.

This coop was designed with a fantastic contractor friend of mine. I explained each of the elements of the coop, and he custom built each one. I could not be happier with the result, and am confident this coop will add years of healthy enjoyment to our property through egg production and the composting of chicken waste collected in the coop. I’ll provide details about my design in posts to come, so stay tuned for the must-haves if you want to
be adventurous and build your own coop (or get a handy friend to help you do it!)

My layer coop is located in my wife’s garden, next to a beautiful magnolia tree that I had to capture in the photo above. Isn’t that scene peaceful and wonderful? The coop was built to match my barns, and I’ll be painting it red with white trim to unify it with those structures. We are also building a broiler coop, which will be similar in many respects but have a few key differences.

Broiler coops are those designed for chickens that don’t lay eggs, but rather those we want to harvest for their meat. The broiler coop has some cool features that I’ll show you in upcoming posts. I have lots to share on these great coops and I’d love your comments on them!

These coops have been a long time in the making. We used to have chickens on our property, but their coops weren’t nearly as user-friendly or beautiful as these custom coops. They will be an investment in our family and in the sustainable lifestyle we
subscribe to. We are so fortunate to live in freedom and have the opportunity to use backyard farming as a foundation for getting back to balance and nature in our own lives.

Which reminds me of my morning devotional: Proverbs 24:3-4. “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”

Until next time, be healthy!

Doc@ichicken.ca

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