Comments On - Setting Up Urban Chicken Coops

Scheduled to build a chicken coop in our local zoo!
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 2/7/2015 7:07:45 AM
Be sure to insulate! Stays cooler in summer and warm and dry in winter.Small windows are nice too for ventilation.
Patti, Andover, MN
Posted: 6/12/2014 7:49:13 AM
You hit the bullseye when you said that finding the place for chickens to live before they arrive is number one priority. Our girls have been happily residing in the coop built by my husband and a neighbor two years ago. This spring, I planted winter squash along the east end of their coop. During our hot humid days, I see them nestled in their dusting holes in the shade of those giant leaves. They sound as though they are purring with a chicken accent.
Matilda, Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 7/24/2013 5:54:02 PM
When designing a coop, the need for shade cannot be stressed enough especially if you live in southern climates. The ground temperature can be as mych as 20degrees higher than ambient. Also the coop becomes like a sauna if its in direct sunlight without shade. This can be dangerous for your broody hens. I lost 3 of my hens last summer because of heat. I fixed this by building a shade structure over the pen and coop to get them out of the hot summer sun.
Andrew, Claremont, CA
Posted: 7/2/2013 9:01:58 AM
I'd like to get the plan for that yellow chicken coop. It's pretty! Shows the owner cares about the chickens.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 6/7/2013 5:55:39 PM
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 1/29/2013 7:03:07 AM
It is a dream of mine to have property where I am allowed to have chickens, and this information is exactly what I will want to know then.
Krista, Merchantville, NJ
Posted: 1/18/2013 4:48:30 PM
Good things to remember.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 10/6/2012 12:50:29 AM
These are great information for my husband and I. We are expanding our family with chickens soon!
christine, grove city, OH
Posted: 9/24/2012 7:45:13 PM
The toughest part of setting up an urban chicken coop is the bureaucracy with which you must deal.

For instance, in my area there is no county ordinance against raising hens for food or eggs or pets. However, there is a zoning issue that says we can't have livestock. So, in order to have chickens which are included in the livestock definition, I have to get a zoning variance. That means that I have to collect the signatures of each of my neighbors (not just the ones whose property is adjacent to mine) on an affidavit and present that to the county zoning board. If even one person objects, or if they are unwilling to sign, my request is automatically denied.

This means that someone who lives two blocks away has veto power over what I do in my backyard.

How is this even possible?
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 12/12/2011 12:01:38 PM
We recycled to old childen's playhouses for our birds. One has nesting boxes and the other is where we lock them up at night.
Chris, Kannapolis, NC
Posted: 8/13/2011 10:06:26 AM
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