GRIT Country Skills Series

Build the Perfect CHICKEN COOP

Chickens are every bit as fun and easy to care for as dogs or cats, plus they provide a steady supply of fresh eggs. The biggest challenge is keeping the birds safe from predators and, at the same time, allowing them to enjoy a natural diet of grains, greens, and insects.

Most poultry predators roam at night—raccoons, coyotes, owls, and such. But hawks and some dogs have been known to attack free-ranging birds during the day, especially when there are no humans or guard dogs at home to chase them away. You could keep your birds safe inside a fully enclosed conventional coop, but then they wouldn’t be able to

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