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These Carolina Coops Are First Class
A recent ad in a magazine for an elaborate chicken coop caught our eye so we chased down the man who built the big 10 by 30-ft. structure.
    “It’s old school craftsmanship with 4 by 4 mortise and tenon joinery,” says Matt DuBoise, owner of Carolina Coops. The custom-made cupola looks good and also improves ventilation.
    Only the best materials, including Douglas fir, are used to build coops for customers who want a quality coop that simplifies chores. A coop like the one we saw runs more than $30,000 when delivered, turnkey ready with lots of features.
    Those features include an HDPE poly egg hutch with exterior door access and an HDPE foot-deep litter bed.
    DuBoise notes that customers don’t just get a coop from his business; they get a system including guidance from a chicken expert on the company’s 8-person staff. For example, instead of regularly cleaning the coop, customers are encouraged to let the bedding build up one, two or more years. By stirring it and adding layers, the material composts and has no smell. He says it’s healthier for the chickens. Carolina Coops recommends using Industrial Hemp for the bedding.
    Coops can also be set up with solar, Wi-Fi and gutters, rain barrels and water bars with a spring-loaded nipple system. DuBoise is working on patenting a heated water bar system.
    “There are five things we emphasize,” DuBoise says. “Size, quality, function, predator proof, and beauty.”
    In addition to higher end coops, Carolina Coops sells popular smaller models like the American Coop for $1,995 with a 6 by 12-ft. footprint for the hen house and run. Panels are shipped on a pallet for the customer to assemble. About 75 percent of customers assemble their own coops from panels or pieces.
    DuBoise notes that he loves the woodworking challenge of building a coop so it’s ready for the customer’s chickens to move into.
    It’s all very rewarding for DuBoise, who discovered his love for chickens in fifth grade. He found a way to blend that interest with woodworking skills when he built a small coop for himself 8 years ago. After building a larger coop and selling his first on Craig’s List, he discovered a demand for well-made coops.
    “Customers love that we are an American product. We are a one-stop shop for woodworking, metal working, and chicken expertise,” DuBoise says.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Carolina Coops, 713 Smith Rd., Clifton Springs, N.Y. 14432 (ph 919 794-3989; www.carolinacoops.com; sales@carolinacoops.com).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #4