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Cheri Carr, shown above, and Scott Clippinger enjoy their chicken coop because it gives them a chance to enjoy animals without the time and expense of raising horses. The pen inside a shed makes it predator-proof.

The owners: Cheri Carr and Scott Clippinger.

The home: Chicken coop and attached pen in the township of Deerfield.

Favorite feature: Predator protection for the chickens because the pen is fully enclosed with a top and wire mesh apron and large enough for all the chickens to have plenty of space when they are not out free ranging.

How they did it: Carr and Clippinger ordered an Amish-built shed and built a chicken coop area inside with roosts and nest boxes that they can access from inside the shed. The remainder of the shed is food and bedding storage and work space. The pen is constructed of 4x4 posts set in the ground covered with woven wire from top to underground. There is a door that can be opened for the chickens to free range as well.

Who did the work: The Amish built the shed itself, and the couple constructed the coop and pen.

Why it’s a special place: Carr and Clippinger grew up in the country owning horses, and keeping chickens allows them to enjoy having a small barn and some animals to enjoy without the expense, time and resources of owning horses. Plus, they said, they get eggs for breakfast.

Advice to other homeowners: Having a predator-proof pen means Carr and Clippinger can leave the chicken coop door to the pen open all the time, and not worry about being home every night to close the coop. The chickens can go freely from coop to pen.

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