DIY Chicken Keeping from Fresh Eggs Daily

DIY Chicken Keeping from Fresh Eggs Daily

40+ Projects for the Coop, Run, Brooder, and More!

Lisa Steele


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Build a better life for your chickens! Join Lisa Steele, chicken keeper extraordinaire and founder of Fresh Eggs Daily, to learn how to build just about everything you might need for your coop, run, or farmhouse kitchen. Whether you're a DIY novice looking for an easy win or a more experienced builder looking for chicken-specific projects, you've come to the right place!

The chapters are packed with a variety of ideas, covering every skill level:
  • The Basics: Lisa will tell you what tools you absolutely need, the ins and outs of pallets, and a few special skills, like how to transfer lettered designs to wood.
  • Quick and Easy Projects: Get started with projects that take minutes or hours, not days! From a decorative cutting board coop sign and paned window coop mirror to more functional projects like a clothespin herb drying rack and dropping board, you're sure to find the right starter project. 
  • Handy Projects: Ready to take on a slightly more challenging build? Try the removable coop ladder roost, boot tree stand, feed dolly, chick-sized jungle gym, or chicken-proof herb garden.
  • Pallet Projects: What's better than DIY projects? DIY projects made from free wood! Use pallets in all forms (whole, partial, and boards) for the projects in this chapter. Make a coop tool holder, chick roosting bar, swinging bench, feeding station, coop shutters, compost bin, and so much more.
  • Weekend Projects: More time doesn't necessarily mean frustrating or too difficult. The ambitious, yet easy-to-follow, projects in this chapter include a sliding barn coop door, a-frame integration pen, and a roadside egg stand.
No matter what you need for the coop—or what your chickens might want you to build first!—you're sure to have fun as you create a coop and run that's the envy of your neighbor's flock.


Lisa Steele:
Lisa Steele is the creative mind behind Fresh Eggs Daily®, the most popular destination for natural chicken- and duck-keeping advice. A fifth-generation chicken keeper who has been around chickens most of her life, it's no surprise Lisa has made her name raising her own backyard flock and sharing her farming adventures on Fresh Eggs Daily®. An aspiring herbalist dedicated to raising her own animals as naturally as possible, she offers practical, down-to-earth, and time-tested advice for raising chickens using herbs and other holistic preventives and remedies-and shows her readers how to have some fun while doing it. In addition to chicken-keeping tips, she also shares gardening advice; DIY projects for the coop and run using repurposed materials; and recipes using fresh eggs, vegetables, and herbs.A sought-after contributor for such publications as Backyard Poultry, Hobby Farms, Urban Farm, and Chickens magazine, as well as Better Homes and Gardens,, and, Lisa has become the most trusted voice in natural chicken keeping. She has appeared on local television, P. Allen Smith's radio and television programs, and Discovery Destination America's Coop Dreams.