Jan 21, 2013

Reinventing the Chicken Coop, Book Review & GIVEAWAY!


When the editors at Storey Publishing asked me to review  Reinventing the Chicken Coop, written by authors Kevin McElroy and Matthew Wolpe, I was slightly concerned that I might be agreeing to review a technical manual that was a little out of my league, not because I’m unfamiliar with coops, but because I’m not a builder.

I never took shop class in high school and my father wasn’t exactly a handyman, so I never had the opportunity as a kid to learn the concepts and skills necessary to build stuff. Later in life, I was occupied with college and law school, courtroom litigation, and raising children, which left no time for picking up new hobbies. I have often wished that I knew my way around a builder’s workshop, never more so than when I became a chicken keeper. I was concerned about this book’s relevance to someone like me, the non-builder. But, despite my technical limitations, I’m always up for a challenge and I agreed to review the book.

From reading the preface of the book, the authors’ objectives were clear: to create useful coops that were beautiful and would make a design statement. They hoped their designs would provoke dialogue about local food and self-sufficiency. They joked to each other that their mission was to bring the chicken coop from the backyard to the front, without alienating the neighbors. Funky and fantastic coops that generate buzz about important social issues are fantastic, but owning a book about them would be better if I could actually build one, which brings me to the highlight of this book for me: the authors assume nothing about the technical ability of the reader; it was not written for the Weekend Workshop Warrior, it was written for me!
My husband built these two coops of ours, but it would've been nice to have had the skill and knowledge to have helped.
Kevin and Matt break down the process of building chicken coops into the most basic elements. They specify the tools required, accompanied by pictures of those tools and instructions for their safe use. They succinctly describe different types of building materials from wood to hardware along with why, when and how to use them. I learned that a 2”x4” does not actually measure two inches thick by four inches wide, that stamps on pallet wood indicate the manner in which it was treated to keep it disease and insect free, and that square-drive screws are better than Phillips head screws. That may all sound pedestrian to those possessing experience with shop tools and supplies, but to the uninitiated, it is essential to making this book relevant.

While this book, with its pretty pictures of beautiful coops, is a practical building resource for the novice, it also offers design challenges to the advanced builder. The fourteen coop designs contained within it are categorized by skill and difficulty level. Imagine a chicken coop shaped like a Popsicle, with one central supporting stick and the good stuff on top, and you have the Coopsicle, which is not a project for a rookie. There are add-ons and features to inspire even the most seasoned builder, including:  living roofs, compost bins, a raised green house, and a rainwater collection system.

The Coopsicle
The authors, not being chicken keepers at the start of this book project, obviously researched coop essentials thoroughly and incorporated them into their coop designs in novel ways. Best of all, in my view as a backyard chicken-keeping advocate, Matt became a chicken keeper as this book was being written, giving him first-hand perspective on how those unique design elements actually perform. Hey, someone had to test-drive the Coopsicle, right?

There are some elements about these coops that I like immensely from a design and style perspective, but can envision being problematic in practice. One such example is the sliding barn door on the Modern Log Cabin Coop. This door is mounted on rollers which slide on a track. I imagine bedding material and droppings clogging up the track, preventing the rollers from sliding on it.

However, what’s more important than the practical implications of any one design element in the book is that the authors have described the basic skills and techniques necessary for the novice builder to fashion necessary modifications. And, they have provided the inspiration to the advanced builder to elevate coop construction to an art form. The strength of this book is its delightful mix of instruction and innovation, presented in an engaging, conversational way. It is not merely a collection of blueprints, but rather a story of design concepts that serve as a springboard for the imagination, inviting the reader to think outside the box coop.
Lola, photo-bombing my photo-shoot of the book!

Now that you know you want a copy of this book, here's how to
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2. Leave a Comment Below!
Winner chosen by random drawing from eligible entries on 1/27/13, 9pm EST
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236 comments :

  1. Peggy Eiland1/21/13, 9:04 PM

    I agree, Coops should not only be functional but also can be works of art; designs in architecture and worthy for the front yard so that everyone can see and enjoy it

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  2. What would you suggest to prevent varments??? LOve the coops!!!!

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  3. Im excited about this give away!

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  4. How do you deal with varmins???

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  5. I love the designs!!! Great work!

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  6. Iris Garrott1/21/13, 9:08 PM

    studying all kinds of coops as I am hopeful for a hen house soon... thanks for the chance... :))

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  7.  This would be great so I could learn how to build a coop, thanks for having this contest! :D

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  8. Would love to win this!

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  9. Would love to win this!

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  10. AWESOME! I am REALLY excited about this giveaway! I hope I win! (so do my chickens)

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  11. Teresa Cutrell1/21/13, 9:14 PM

    You have some of the most interesting blogs. I just love them. Where was this book when I built my Serma barn?  Probably at the store. LOL.  I just didn't know how to find. bummer. Would love to read it.

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  12. Thinking of building a chicken coop!

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  13. Would be great to win the book!

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  14. Theresa Borne1/21/13, 9:15 PM

    Would love to win this book as we are building on to our existing one this year. I need all the help I can get..lol

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  15. OK - I left my "like" on the facebook page.   Goodness, this book was written for me.  I do have a handy husband but I also have one that has Aspergers, as well as a Aspie son.   Both of them are objecting to chooks on the basis of the coop looking bad.  They both need inspiration and to know that it doesnt have to be thrown together with recycles materials that dont match.   Such is the nature of Aspie's that if i can inspire them, i'll have a coop with spycam and solar heating and lighting by the time they are finished (very techy).  Me - i just want to cuddle a chook. 

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  16. Just what we are needing as we need to build a new coop in the spring to expand our flock!

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  17. OOO could so use this for my new porcelain D'uccles.
     

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  18. Tracy Schlaud1/21/13, 9:18 PM

    I'm building my dream coop this spring!!  this would come in handy for design ideas!!  

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  19.  what a awsome book..winner winner for the chicken lovers in all of us!!!

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  20. Thanks for the review. I'm curious to see what else they have in the book.

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  21. i would love to get this book.

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  22. Would love to win something! :)
     

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  23. Liked Storey Publishing! Looks like a fun project book, thank you for the review!

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  24. I would love to win a copy of  Reinventing the Chicken Coop, Book. The Chicken Chick sent me your directions..

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  25. Would love to win! Need to re-do our coop!

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  26. Awesome!  I'd love to 

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  27. Awsome!  I'd love to win AND read this book.  We keep our chickens in an old retrofitted trailer.  It's not very attractive, but it works.

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  28. Jackie Johnson1/21/13, 9:44 PM

    This sounds like the perfect book for me! We will be needing a new coop fairly soon so the timing would be perfect if I could end up with this book. Thanks for the chance to win from everyone!

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  29. Christina Fisher1/21/13, 9:47 PM

    Sounds like an awesome book. I need to add it to my collection!

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  30. Loved the review! Can't wait to get into this book as we are looking to build a new coop for the spring chicks and this would have been so helpful as my husband and I stumbled through planning and building our first coop after being stood up by someone who was building us one. Great job as always Chicken Chick!

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  31.  This book would sure be a help!

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  32. New to keeping chickens. This sure would help with building a coop! Susan.

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  33. Thanks for the chance to win the book.  

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  34. I really enjoy your blogs, facebook posts, & the wonderful contests you have.  We have built one coop & with new additions coming this spring are in need of another coop...this book would be a blessing!

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  35. Hi!  What a great giveaway.  I did go to the Storey Publishing page on Facebook.  It did let me "like" their page.  It did not however let me post.  I copied the error message and sent it to Storey as a private message so they know the page has a bit of an issue.  This looks like a wonderful book! I would love to win a copy :) Say hi to Rachel for me!  Pam   violetacres@frontiernet.net

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  36. My home build is happening in the spring, this book looks like a 'must have'!!

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  37. I would love to win this book and can't wait to read it!

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  38. My home build is happening in the spring, this book looks like a 'must have'!!

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  39. Perfect timing! I just began to "design" my coop. I got a bunch of free art shipping crates, measured them, drew the usable sides out in a smaller scale on paper, cut out the paper, and taped them together into a miniature coop (complete with nest boxes and doors that open). I had so much fun! But a book like this would help so much with the next step of actually cutting up the crates and making a full size coop. :) Thanks for this offer!

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  40. How awesome! Hope I win. :) Want to build some people friendly coops at my house on 11 acres that look extra pretty. So it draws kids in and what not. I need some ideas!! This sounds like just the ticket. If I don't win is the book out now?

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  41. I have a 1 1/2 acre front yard that is fixing to ve redone this spring. And what better way to fix it up than with a coop. I have one in the back why not the front. I would love to win a copy of this book to use a guide for new coop ideas.

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  42. I have 1 1/2 acres in my front yard that is getting redone this spring. What a better thing to do but to put a coop in the front yard to go aling with the one in the backyard. I would love to win this bookto use as a guide for this new adventure I am about to tackle.

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  43. Yes please! This book sounds like exactly what we need... just bought a house with a bit of land - and rescued 3 ex-battery hens. They've started laying, but unreliably so we're planning to find two or three more actual laying breeds... but we'll need a new coop. Our first coop is enough for the three but there's no where to add a roost or nesting boxes because I never thought we'd need them with the ex-batt's.
    I'd love to win this book, but if not, perhaps I'll have to find a copy to purchase.

    Thanks for the review!

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  44. Tonia Jeffery1/21/13, 11:03 PM

    It sounds like a very interesting book.

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  45. Already a fan on FB!  love your blog and LOVE anything by Storey!  thanks.  

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  46. Reinventing the Chicken Coop....Very Cool. My Chicken Coops REALLY NEED reinventing....lol. Love you posts...and Thanks for the opportunity! :)

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  47. I've never had formak training on building either. My husband is NOT a handy person, we have muddled our way through several building projects now with each one getting progressivly better. It would be nice to know what we are doing right and wrong, and get some chicken coop designs.

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  48. Yeehaa chicken chick! I love my chicken and would love to win this book- ss50girl@yahoo.com thanks Debs

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  49. looks like a very interesting book  I like their page and here is my comment

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  50. This is exactly what I need for the spring building project I have planned!

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  51. This is exactly what I need for the spring building project I have planned!

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  52. I entered!  Thank you!  Love your site!
     

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  53. karen robinson1/22/13, 3:52 AM

    I am a recent arrival to your blog, but an finding very nice.  O
    d ;love to have a copy of this, our girls desperately need a new coop, and these look pretty styley!!  Thanks

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  54. Storey is liked...glad to get on their mailing list! Thanks for reviewing the book on coops. It sounds inspiring for women!~~~Anne Guffey

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  55. I like Storey Publishing on facebook!!! :) 
    Katy A. 

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  56. I need to check out this book!! I have been sitting here in Pa for the past couple of weeks thinking about redesigning my coop or at least adding on to it! My coop was built around 10 years ago by my brother and husband and it is just so blah! I want to add some windows and a hospital/nursery for mommy's and eggs when the last week comes and the little ones are here!! Was thinking about hireing someone,but maybe with a little help from my son or husband and this book I can do it myself!!!! Good luck to everyone who enters!!  :) 

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  57. I love all the Storey books and was excited to see they now have one about chicken coops.  We are going to build our first coop this spring and this will be very helpful.

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  58. Mary Gilbert1/22/13, 6:08 AM

    SO NEAT!! And Timely.  Spring is coming and I'm getting ready to put together plans for my new, bigger, BETTER chiken coop this spring!  Thanks for sharing :)

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  59. PATTIE RYAN1/22/13, 6:23 AM

    I LOVE the coopsicle coop! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  60. I went to buy this adorable playshed/playhouse yesterday for my chickens who live in a tiny, cheap coop I got off of Ebay.  The mover showed up and wanted an additional $150 on top of our arrangement.  So I said no, and have no coop.  I have resigned myself to making one.  BUT, like you I can't build...anything.  My husband is always deployed and hates my chickens anyway.  So I guess I'm going to have to get this book and start planning a coop in the spring.  

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  61. Debbie McMurry1/22/13, 7:07 AM

    This book sound like a great book of ideas.  Love your blog and always read your chicken tips!

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  62. Pary Moppins1/22/13, 7:26 AM

    I have liked Storey Publishing on FB (mentioning you of course.)  This book looks awesome!  And as I have been trying to talk hubby into building me a coop for years, this might actually do the trick.  :)  Thanks!

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  63. Would love to enter the drawing!

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  64. Ooh what an awesome book =)

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  65. Would love to win this book!!! Great giveaway. :-)

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  66. Looking forward to checking this book out! Maybe it will inspire me to build something new. :)

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  67. I liked Storey Publishing on Facebook. We're currently building a second chicken coop now, and it would be interesting to see some other ideas and designs! 

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  68. Leigh Sherrod1/22/13, 8:59 AM

    Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win the new coop book! It looks fabulous!!

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  69. Mets Salazar1/22/13, 9:04 AM

    We are in the process of turning our shed into a bigger, better coop for our girls.... would love to win this book and get some inspiring ideas & knowledge in "how to" do it well! Thanks!

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  70. I would love the book - my hens said they're ready to move out of the corn crib & into a real crib, LOL!

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  71. I'm in the process of building several chicken tractors and would love to build a stationary coop for my laying flock. This book would be perfect!

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  72. James Cummings1/22/13, 9:25 AM

    I'm researching designs now for my new adventure in keeping chickens

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  73. Lee Ann Lenfest1/22/13, 9:51 AM

    I liked Storey Publishing and left them a comment.  :-)

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  74. Becky Baumeister1/22/13, 10:07 AM

    I'm not planning on building a new coop, but the book just sounds like fun reading anyway. Maybe I can convince my carpenter Dad to build himself a coop!

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  75. I haven't been able to settle on a design for a new coop.  This would point me in the right direction!  Thanks for the giveaway!

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  76. What a great giveaway!  If I don't win it, I'll probably buy it!  :D

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  77. I Love reading all your posts!  Keep them coming!  I'm a new chicken mom and have loved every minute of it!!

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  78. Nicole Philip1/22/13, 11:21 AM

    Liked, Commented, and Liking you!  Thanks for the awesome info you provide!

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  79. carol wolick1/22/13, 11:24 AM

    We are putting our house up for sale soon and this book looks like it has some great ideas for my next coop at the new house for my 46 chickens!!

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  80. Leslie Dempsey1/22/13, 11:28 AM

    I'd love to have this book!!! And more chicken coops :)  

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  81. I love looking at all kinds of chicken coops!

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  82. Lindsey Dougherty1/22/13, 11:50 AM

    I am wanting to upgrade my coop and was just looking at this book online as a good resource! I'd LOVE to win it to see how I can make a better coop for my girls :)

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  83. The thought of building another coop sends shivers up my spine!  I am looking forward to getting some girls someday soon.  LoVe your site as much as I LoVe Chickens, and that is a lot!

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  84. John Ferlisi1/22/13, 12:49 PM

    This book sounds very interesting and i think we need more books like these that get the topic going about raising chickens and have fabulous coops so that more and more people will start raising chickens themselves. 

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  85. I will be  building a new coop on our property this summer. Would love to read this book!

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  86. When we first got chickens, we walled off a portion of our small storage barn, thinking that would be goo enough. For the most part it is, but I'm always dreaming of making my girls a coop they can call their own. Would love to get ideas from this book!

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  87. This book sounds like FUN! I, like you, didn't take shop classes (not allowed for GIRLS in 67) so building is a little daunting. I am psyched, though, and would love to build a coop that is more than a box with a roof.
    girlscoutleader@yahoo.com

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  88. Andrena Moye1/22/13, 2:57 PM

    Reinventing the Chicken Coop looks like my kind of book. It would be great if I could win the book. Can't wait to read it.
     

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  89. Thanks so much for this giveaway! This book would be amazing to add to our chicken library!!!

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  90. Thanks so much for this giveaway! This book would be amazing to add to our chicken library!!!

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  91. Kelley Elliott1/22/13, 4:58 PM

    I am worried that this is not going to work because I see no other comments on here.  Something weird is happening with my view of your blog.  But I would love to be entered into this give away drawing.  Thanks! 
    kelleyjoelliott@gmail:disqus .com

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  92. Amanda Pope1/22/13, 5:17 PM

    Oh I got one of their books! I'd like to be entered please.

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  93. Entering! Love that you are on Facebook!

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  94. Theresa Borne1/22/13, 5:21 PM

    Hoping this works this time. I could definitely use this book to aid us in adding on to our existing coop. I need all the ideas I can get.  :)

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  95. liked storey publishing on facebook

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  96. Well this looks like a fun and functional book for my collection!!

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  97. I would love to read your book for new ideas regarding the chicken coop...

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  98. I can't wait to get another book by Storey Publishing!

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  99. Wow - what a great book this sounds like!!  I can use all the help I can get!  Thanks for the review and the contest.  Definitely plan to snap up a copy of this one.

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  100. Wow!!  I own chickens.  We are in the process of trying to figure out what type of coops would work better for us.  We recently moved to Missouri from Texas so our hardware wire on 3 sided coops, while great in the summer here, don't work well in the winter at all!   This would be a wonderful book for us.

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  101. Love your review!  Totally got me interested in this book now!  I have been lollygagging along, trying to design me a small coop to go on my 6ft x 12ft tractor in preparation for the 6 chicks I have coming at the end of April!!!  I haven't gotten very far yet and I think this book would get me over that design hump!!!  :)
    Tina Rainwater
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  102. Kathleen McLeod1/22/13, 5:49 PM

    Hi Chick...what a useful and different premise for a book on coops and congrats on getting the gig to review it. I'm becoming a bit more involved in our local community of urban chickens and contribute by helping folks design and build coops that best meet all their needs and local regulations. This book could be a big help.  Keep up the very important work you do for all us chook-heads out there!

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  103. Thank you for having a great site. I have liked you and Storey Publishing. I have a facebook page Soul Earth and have posted many of your articles as they relate to my group of followers.

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  104. Romi Schlem1/22/13, 5:53 PM

    Liked on facebook & would love to wn this book!

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  105. i need to do some stuff to our coop so this will be cool to have

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  106. I have Storey's guide to Raising Chickens and would love to had this one to my library. My email is onthego@cablespeed.com

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  107. I want this book!

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  108. I think it's my turn to start my own little brood, so this may help me get their home right first.

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  109. It's time for me to start my own brood. This book will be perfect to help make a perfect nest for them.

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  110. Love it I am always looking for Unique Chicken Coops

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  111. Love it I always looking for New Chicken coops

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  112. I'm impressed with your review of Reinventing the Chicken Coop.  It was well written and made me want the book. You are multitalented. 

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  113. We need another coop! We're on the waiting list for three wyandotte chicks and need a place for them to live when they're bigger. This one we hope to do a little bit smarter with the help of some 'book learnin'."

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  114. I was scoping out a place for a chicken coop just this weekend.  And I love Storey Publishing books.  I have several of their knitting books!

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  115. Oh my goodness, I think I MUST have this book! My husband is about as handy as your Dad (but don't tell him that--he's more Tim Taylor but thinks he might be Bob Vila!), and I've always wanted to be handy, but am scared to pick up our circular saw.
    Our city is currently reviewing for a second and final vote (the first was approved by a 5-4 vote!) to take place in February to allow back yard chickens. I'm really having trouble not counting my chickens before they've hatched! If it doesn't pass,  we're moving, cuz this li'l mama wants some hens!
    Thank you for your very informative posts (that one about the gland on your rooster... Whoo, I'd probably have tried to amputate it like I would a skin tag if I hadn't seen your post!) and always hosting such fantastic giveaways--even when I don't win (I can't remember the last time I won something), I generally add those items to my must-have list. Like the Brinsea chick brooder... *sigh*

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  116. This sounds like a really interesting book to me.  I hope I win it!

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  117. bethany.dopp1/22/13, 7:58 PM

    I am studying designs as we speak so this might be a really great book to win...or if I don't...get my hands on!  I'm new to your blog and am already learning a load.  Thanks!

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  118. I've got the Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens and can't wait to get my hands on this one!

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  119. You KNOW I would love this book! ;)

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  120. I 'liked' them on FB, and mentioned you! Thanks for the give away! Bok bok!

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  121. I am thrilled that you've been asked to review 'Reinventing The Chicken Coop''.
    My husband & I,  both city folk, had a dream of moving to the country, growing our own vegetables & raising chickens. When we found a 70 year old brick Church with an acre of land, in a little country town in the Australian bush, we decided to 'go for it'.!
    It has taken 2 years to get a kitchen,bathroom & laundry installed, to meet our local council's requirements, but it has been so worth it as we finally moved into the Church on 28th December & it actually feels like Heaven!!!!  :D
    We are now ready to start looking at Chicken Coops & 'Reinventing The Chicken Coop' is exactly what we need. Even though we have no building skills, we'd like to have a go at building one ourselves.  Reinventing The Chicken Coop is exactly what we need to give us some inspiration & guidance & we would really love to win a copy! 

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  122. It may happen this year. The house comes before the chicks does.

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  123. I think I did try and post a comment here last night (if this is a second one please delete)- I did "like" Storey on FB :) Thank you for doing this giveaway, I could use some guidance on coop building! Thank you,
    Pam  violetacres@frontiernet.net

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  124. Storey does great books. I'm a chicken coop-a-holic, having built three from my own designs (one is a duplex!). Would love to win this book.

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  125. Alex Summersell1/23/13, 12:10 AM

    Storey's always puts out some great books. 

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  126. Done - hope I did it right & entered ;)

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  127. I could use this book I have 2 duck pens and 2 chicken pens to build.... I woul also like to see the compost and green house plans I sooo ENT a green house

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  128. Pamela Fisher1/23/13, 8:02 AM

    Looks like it might be time to add another coop

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  129. I would love to add this to my library. Thanks!

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  130. I tried posting a comment before, so please excuse if this is a double entry.  Thank you for all the great giveaways you have!  ~PrepperPenny~

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  131. I'd love to build one instead of having to buy another one.

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  132. Zlata Zajicova1/23/13, 1:41 PM

    Great giveaway! Interesting book! bygoldie@gmail.com

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  133. We LOVE chicken coops here in the south!

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  134. My son's birthday is coming up. This would be an awesome present. He has built three coops and duplex goat house for my urban micro farm. He has had request from other people to build coops for them. This would be fun to have some new ideas. 

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  135. I wanna Coopsicle!!!!!!!!!! Gotta have this book! Hopefully I am doing all this right!

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  136. I want a coopsicle too! Just about to build a chicken house. Maybe my bantams would like one up high instead of the trees.

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  137. Sounds like a great book! Need all the info I can get!
    Thanks!
    Yvonne
    mretyme@aol.com

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  138. What a great giveaway! I liked you and Storey's on FB - can't wait to check out more of your page!

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  139. I have quite a few of Storey's books and they are very good.  I'd be interested to read this one as I am going to be moving and so building a new coop.

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  140. Wow that sounds like a great book. I don't have chickens yet but the hubby and I have been talking about getting a few and this book would be a great help.

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  141. I love the Storey''s books, so easy to follow. Would love to see their take on different chicken coops....I have been plagued with possum attacks this year, no matter what I have tried. Any good ideas on a predator free, easy egg collecting and chicken friendly coop would be well received.

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  142. Tracy Schlaud1/24/13, 1:39 PM

    I dont see my original post....but i see some others are having an issue too...  I cant wait to build my Dream Coop this spring!!  just have to figure out what i want!!!  cyinoutschlauds@gmail.com

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  143. I'd love to win this book; I plan to increase my flock this spring and need ideas for a new, larger coop.  Love your page.

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  144. Jenny Rummel1/25/13, 12:42 AM

    I'm always in need of coop ideas and construction tips.  Our coop is a work in progress and currently only a step up from a Frankencoop.
    renegadepugs@yahoo.com

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  145. Stacy Wilson1/25/13, 1:04 PM

    Cannot wait to read this one!

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  146. Stacy Wilson1/25/13, 1:22 PM

    Cannot wait to read this!

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  147. I'm all ears since I'm new at this Chicken lovin' Thing! I will take all the advice and help I can get!

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  148. I "liked" their page - and I would "love" this book ;)

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  149. Didn't see my post - oops re-entered thinking I forgot! Please delete the one right before this one ;)

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  150. I'm super interested to read this as I will be moving north in a few months and want to keep chickens!!!

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  151. Lynda Richards1/25/13, 3:30 PM

    We so need to re-build our coop and I really want to do it right...Love all your blogs...:)

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  152. I follow you on face book love your posts! Would LOVE to build my girls one of yhese dream coops...if only I had the book to refrence ; )
    Deanna M facebook

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  153. Audrey Siebert1/25/13, 4:05 PM

    Looks like a great book to have, specially when thinking about adding another coop! :) 

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  154. boy could I put THIS to good use!!!

    evwoyak@yahoo-S6Y2TSRAW5CTA5G7S4RQKHENGY:disqus newnorth.net

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  155. Looking forward to seeing some alternate coop styles...always looking for a way to improve mine!  Storey's books tend to be well-written and well-researched, I'm sure this one is no different.

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  156. Cheneychicks1/25/13, 7:13 PM

    Would love this book!

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  157. Great timing I am planning on building a new coop this spring and could sure put the book to work.  
    Thanks for all the helpful information
    mark_hilsabeck@yahoo.com

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  158. I am planning on building a new coop this spring this book would come in very handy and useful
    Thanks
    mark_hilsabeck@yahoo.com

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  159.  Sounds like a great book :)

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  160. Sounds like lots of interesting things in this book. Put on must read list.

    dcollins_43@hotmail.com

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  161. The book Reinventing the Chicken Coop sounds great.  What fun1

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  162. I also have some Storey books - recognized their logo instantly. I may have access to a garden soon - to persuade my soster to keep some chickens! So we'll need to build a coop! Thanks for the info!

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  163. Wow, we are in the process of researching chicken coups! It sure would help to have a hands on book ?

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  164. TheChickenChick1/26/13, 1:50 AM

    Samantha: nighttime predators should be the easiest to outwit. The key is hardware cloth. Much more on the topic here: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/coop-security-hardware-cloth-vs-chicken.html

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  165. I finally figured out how to leave a post! We are in the process of researching on " how to build a chicken coup" . This book looks very informative and very user friendly. It would really come in handy at the moment and for future reference .

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  166. Rosemari Roast1/26/13, 7:23 AM

    I'm a long-time fan of Storey publications, but was unaware of their FB page, until today. Thanks!

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  167. The book Reinventing the Chicken Coop sounds Awesome with a lot of great ideas !! Thank you for sharing.

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  168. The book Reinventing the Chicken Coop sounds Awesome and it looks like it has a lot of wonferful ideas. Thanks for the info.

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  169. Oooh, I found you just in time!

    I saw a link to your page about odd eggs in my PDXBackyardChix yahoo group, and now I'm following you on FB.... 

    We inherited a chicken house and run along with this house when we bought it, and I have been pondering a new chicken house and run setup for a couple of years. It needs to be something I can build mostly on my own, and possibly with the help of my 3 and 5 year olds. Ha! But this book sure looks intriguing!

    I'm just getting into your posts, working backwards, apparently. Glad I got to this one tonight! I'd love the book!

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  170. I'm always looking for ways to improve my existing coop and run.  This book would come in handy.  Thanks for sharing so many ideas - I love your blog!

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  171. Thinking of starting chickens and this book looks wonderful.

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  172. Tara Woodruff1/27/13, 12:01 PM

    I would LOVE TO WIN!!!!

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  173. Sounds really usefull, my ladies and my big man need a place to reside!!

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  174. Fingers crossed!! Thanks for the opportunity as well as all the amazingness off all things chicken!!!

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  175. Janet Madden1/27/13, 12:05 PM

    LOVE information to help my chickens!!!

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  176. my ladies and man need a new spot to reside!

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  177. This book looks awesome!  I wish I'd had something like this when we built our first coop (a simple shed-roof structure adjacent to a fenced-in grape arbor).  We plan to increase our flock this year (maybe even adding a few holiday turkeys), so we could really use a resource like this.  Keep up the good work!

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  178. This would be great...as I plan on building a new coop this spring... =)

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  179. My coop surely needs some serious reinvention!  Love the concept!

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  180. Cyn Van Antwerp1/27/13, 12:11 PM

    Sounds like something I could really use!

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  181. We are considering a new coop, as the one we ordered online was very small. If the city ok's it, we may add a few more hens to our small flock of 4.

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  182. This looks like a realy ausome book :)

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  183. Would so like to look this book over!  Thank you for the chance!

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  184.  Looks like an interesting book!

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  185. I love your page . I have learned so much and I thought I knew what I needed to know about raising chickens. Boy was I wrong. I would love to win the book Reinventing the Chicken Coop. Now I know that there is so much more to learn and will be visiting your page on a daily basis. Thank You for all the great info.

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  186. I need to replace my coop that burned down, so this book would be great to have. It sounds amazing.

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  187. Have to build several coops for all the brooder kids I have. This book would come in handy.

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  188. Tracy Cronin1/27/13, 12:32 PM

    I have so many Storey books on my bookshelf, but don't have this one...yet. Thanks so much!

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  189. Crystal Collins1/27/13, 12:34 PM

    Were in the process of turning a building into a new coop. I would love to read this and see all the wonderful ideas and photos that are in here. Sounds like fun.

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  190. I'm always tweeking my coops, this woukd be great!

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