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Contains a ton of information that chicken owners will find useful beyond the coop planning and building. Guides on chicken care make it a one-stop chicken information shop.


The sheer volume of information can be very overwhelming.


DIY Chicken Coop Guide is a comprehensive chicken package. It is an excellent value.

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The "Chicken [Coop] DIY Guide" by Mary Nelson - REVIEW

Chicken raising in urban settings is gripping the nation; from New York to Los Angeles, and everywhere in between, chickens are taking over backyards and rooftops. Generations ago, chickens were commonly seen in cities, but fell out of favor as a close-by source of free-range eggs while American was striving to modernize. Now, with the resurgence of interest in locally grown, organic foods, chickens once again have a devout following. However, since all the old city coops have been torn down or turned into tool sheds long ago, anyone considering owning a few hens must build a new coop from scratch.

“DIY Chicken Coop Guide” is one of the most comprehensive guides to chicken coop design and construction available on the web. This software package contains several different customizable plans for chicken coops of any size. Whether you want two hens or ten, there will be plans in this software package to meet your needs.

If that wasn’t enough, the “DIY Chicken Coop Guide” comes bundled with a variety of bonus materials. “Chicken City Ordinances Guide” will help you navigate the sometimes complicated world of city ordinances to determine how many chickens you can own and learn the exact rules related to their keeping for your municipality. Other bonuses, such as “How to Build a Chicken Brooder and Requirements of Brooding Chicks” will ensure that your future hens grow up happy and healthy.

An Abundance of Information

Mary Nelson’s “DIY Chicken Coop Guide” is one of many available as a downloadable product. What sets her package apart from many of the others is the sheer abundance of information on both construction and chicken husbandry. This can be good or bad, depending on who you are.

For the user who only wishes to construct a single coop and be done with it, the sheer amount of information may be overwhelming. This type of person may appreciate the options, but really just wants to throw together something simple and sturdy, with no bells or whistles. A future chicken owner who wishes to personalize his or her coop and really wants a lot of flexibility in blueprints will see this information as a cornucopia of chicken housing bliss.

Users list the abundance of information as a love/hate issue. The list of features that sets “DIY Chicken Coop Guide” heads above the competition is long, including the many bonus features that teach users about construction as well as chicken behavior and biology. The only negative to this package is that there is enough data to sufficiently overwhelm a first-time chicken coop builder.

Users Rave

“We have found and strongly recommend a very experienced chicken expert, Mary Nelson, who has produced, in our opinion, the best chicken coop plans currently available, including all the necessary information, step-by-step instructions, drawings, blueprints, material lists and professional guidance for you to plan and build chicken coops that will fit your particular requirements perfectly.”

“This is the ultimate alternative to buying a high cost pre-built chicken coop! The average homeowner can follow this simple guide, which allows you to use common materials already in your home! This is a must guide for those on a very stringent budget. It's one of the best woodworking plans online.”

“This product has everything you need to build a backyard chicken coup. It has a guide on City Ordinances that discusses backyard chicken legalities. It is highly-recommended by its actual users, has very good technical support, and has already sold hundreds online.”

A Lot of Bang for the Buck

Although some reviewers and users were put off by the vast amount of information contained in the “DIY Chicken Coop Guide” package, the overall feeling is that all this information is useful for anyone starting out with their first chickens. Although the price is higher than for many other chicken coop-related eBooks and software kits, the sheer volume of information contained herein makes it the best value on the Internet.

The 60-day money back guarantee ensures that you can return the package for a full refund if you are either under- or over-whelmed by it. Considering that pre-built chicken coops can start around $500 and run into the thousands, at under $40 “DIY Chicken Coop Guide” has the potential to save its user the cost of the package many times over.
Date Reviewed: March 12, 2012, 12:22 pm
Reviewed by Kristi Waterworth
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