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COOP Shopping 101

Purchasing a ready-made home for your flock has its perks. Let our buyer’s guide help you choose the right one.
COURTESY CHERIE LANGLOIS

Messy roommates can be such a pain — especially when they leave wet droppings around to track onto your beautiful eggs. Let me explain: You see, my chickens and ducks had long cohabitated in a revamped dog run, not the best of living arrangements. For years, I dreamed of my handy husband and I building the chicken contingent its own dream coop, but every year, other do-it-yourself projects prevailed. It never happened.

So last spring, with six new Barred Rock pullets growing at light speed in our mudroom, I scrapped our DIY plans and searched online.

I soon found a selection of handsome, sturdylooking coops built by a local craftsman in Orting, Washington. That afternoon, we went coop shopping; the next day, a large cedar coop arrived via pickup truck, and our girls finally had a new home.

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