Whether you’re a survivalist, living ever ready and more on the side of necessity rather the luxury or you’re a homesteading or off-grid activist who prefers to be independent of state or federal amenities being able to provide your own food is probably among the top 3 of your skill sets.
What are the benefits of raising chicken:
- Long-term source of food from the meat of the chicken
- A source of fresh eggs,
- A source of organic manure from their droppings
All chicken coops have a common functional structure which comprises the feeding area, the resting and brooding areas, and the egg collection point. The following designs show several ways of constructing a chicken coop based on one’s budget, scale and even more interestingly, source of material (credits: prepperology):
1. Cabinet Chicken Coop:
I personally like to call this the one chicken, one drawer coop:
Talk about a creative do-it-yourselfer. This guy converted an old set of kitchen cabinets into a functional chicken coop. There are individual cages where sick or brooding hens can be isolated, and lots of storage space for feed and medications. Note the curtains which will give a broody hen an extra degree of comfort and security. A few of the horizontal partitions were removed from the cabinet, so that collecting eggs is as easy as sliding open a drawer.