We built our first chicken coop in the spring of 2009. We really liked the design because we designed it so we could collect the eggs without having to step into where the chickens hung out. Sometimes you just need to grab the eggs, not hang out with the birds!
When we got our chickens in 2009 we had no idea what we were doing! Thankfully, we had amazing neighbors that were there to give us advice and answer our questions. We ordered our chicks and started with Rhode Island Reds, that are good for laying eggs and also with some broiler chickens (also known as meat birds.) We were super excited to have our own meat and could hardly believe that we could do that ourselves. What freedom you can have when you have your own land. Whoo Hooo!