Friday, November 7, 2008COOP DESIGNS & CONSIDERATIONSGarden Girl TV How to Build a Chicken Tractor…Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart FivePart Sixhttp://www.sailzora.com/Coops.htm#Guidelineshttp://raisingchickens.wetpaint.com/page/Coop+Basics?t=anonhttp://www.articleclick.com/Article/Tips-And-Tricks-On-How-To-Build-A-Ch…http://www.tartergate.com/downloads/chicken.phphttp://www.kingcoops.com/coopdesigns.htmlhttp://www.organicgardening.com/pdf/coop_plans.pdfImportant notes: * Chicken wire is a poor choice of material for coop design. Not only will raccoons reach through chicken wire and eat a chicken through it but it rusts and breaks easily so that predators(dogs, raccoons, oppossums, etc) can break through it. The best material to use is 1/2 inch hardware cloth. * Cedar is toxic to chickens… so while some people have used cedar shavings and/or built their coops with it and haven't had any problems… there are many that have used it and had it kill their chickens so it's best to avoid it all together(pine is a better choice). Better safe than sorry, right? * Here in Texas, the heat can be a real problem for chickens so it's best to find a location for your coop that will provide adequate shade for them.