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Official Blog of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
by Stephen I Morse
on November 21, 2014 at 7:23 PM
I like it... and here I always thought that the "poop" was a benefit also...  
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by James
on April 13, 2016 at 4:45 AM
Hello, this article is fantastic. It is full of really interesting information such as the steps you take to make sure that your chicken run is almost impenetrable and the importance of making it easy to clear out chicken poop!  
I am emailing you because I have a resource that I think might benefit your readers. I have created an infographic and written a very detailed article on chicken coops.  
It is called "23 Simple Ways to Better Your Chicken Run and Coop". The infographic is, of course, free to download and the article is about 9000 words long.  
The article details the best ideas relating to chicken coops of some of the top practitioners in the backyard chicken keeping world.  
Although the article is very long, I have made it easy to read by including lots of graphics and splitting it up into different sections.  
If you have the time you can read it here. I would welcome any feedback.
Reply by Stephen I Morse
on April 13, 2016 at 7:35 PM
James... thanks for the comments...  
your information and infographic is quite impressive.  
Although not official Master Gardener guidance, your comments and link to your article will stay on the blog for all to reference and read and use your information based upon their interest and investigation to determine if it's appropriate for their (California Bay Area) chicken "raising"... a growing home garden hobby for many Bay Area home owners.  
Thanks again for your interest and sharing your infographic and article.  
by Sarah White
on September 4, 2017 at 3:01 AM
Keeping chickens is like keeping a pet. You have to show some love otherwise your chicks won't thrive. My story is very similar I've visited my aunt, got engaged about raising chickens and started my research about chicken coops. I've downloaded a free chicken coop plan from">"> and a few weeks later my husband has built one from scratch. We bought 6 bantam chickens and our chicken journey began. I love my organic eggs and lively backyard but I can't stand moving chicken coop every 3 days or cleaning it regularly. Nevertheless, I've got used to it and now I'm happy with my choice.
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