Coop Blueprints 9/6—The Efficiently Heated Chicken Coop

Coop Blueprints 9/6—The Efficiently Heated Chicken Coop
Having grown up farming, Dennis and Dianna Westphal were no strangers to the joys of raising chickens. After 20 years or so without them, Dennis decided in the spring of 2013 to build a coop and try his hobby anew near their Wisconsin home. So what’s the big deal? Another Midwesterner builds another chicken coop. Cluck, cluck. Thrift and resourcefulness are part of this Midwesterner’s background. Using all found materials on the farm, he built his 11-foot by 4.5-foot by 5-foot high coop and added some pretty special features. This coop is built on a frame that Dennis welded from found parts. The wheels come from a John Deer Grain Binder from the late 1940s, painted John Deere green. The frame of the coop is built from ash lumber that Dennis and Dianna cut out of their woods and milled themselves into lumber. It is insulated with 3.5-inch bats of fiberglass insulation. Dianna wanted an easy system for maintenance and keeping the coop clean, so the couple

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