Concrete pour for new chicken coop today

We lucked out, getting the slab poured before the storm hit. This time around, I’m getting Billy to build a rat-proof chicken coop, complete with concrete floor. The chickens will have a pretty big yard, so they’re only inside at night. It’s going to have a living roof, inspired by SunRay Kelley’s latest designs.

From l-r: Billy, driver from Rich Readimix, and Delfino

This is the chicken coop it’s replacing. I’ve probably built 5-6 chicken coops over the years. No plans, just grabbing what’s around. Soulful, but also hole-ful. The woodrats get in at will and consume the chicken mash, so this time we’re going to button it up. We’ve got a lovely little flock of mostly Silver Seabright bantams, getting 8-9 eggs a day now. Bantams make a lot of sense in a small area.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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