Slideshow | Chicken Coops of Juneau

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One of Brittany Honsinger's hens struts across a pile of logs. Honsinger allows her birds and other pets to roam free in her spacious back yard during the day. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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A hen enters its coop, seen through the lattice. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Alicia Gillis holds one of the brood of hens she keeps at her Juneau home. In addition to keeping hens, ducks, a cat and a rabbit, Gillis not too long ago started selling organic chicken feed as Cletus's Farm Wares; Cletus is her Angora rabbit. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Free ranging chickens and ducks in Juneau. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Alicia Gillis lifts the lid to the nesting area for her hens. Their coop is enclosed in lattice fencing to keep predators out. Gillis said one of her hens likes to sit on the roof of the coop, hence the mess. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Alicia Gillis shows how she holds the ducks when she catches them, because they poop about every three minutes, she said. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Some shy chickens live in this coop aboard a houseboat in a Juneau harbor. Tuna can't claim "chicken of the sea" as a motto any more. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Jorden Nigro, holding dogs Arlo and Rosie, and Bret Connell, with one of their chickens, pose by their chicken coop, which was finished and painted to match their downtown Juneau home. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Jorden Nigro and Bret Connell finished and painted their chicken coop to look like their old, downtown home. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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A couple chickens scratch at a patch of grass and dirt in search of seeds or insects to eat. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Erin Hanson shows off one of the first eggs her chickens laid. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Erin Hanson pets a Golden Nugget breed chicken. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Another Juneau coop features an old house door and window. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Erin Hanson and Andrew Heist hold one of their four chickens, a Golden Nugget breed, in front of their coop, painted to match their home. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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A peek inside the coop Erin Hanson and Andrew heist built. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Andrew Heist holds one of the chickens he and Erin Hanson, right, raise in their back yard. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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This Juneau coop is perfect for a tight squeeze. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Urban chicken. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Jane Ritter Edwards got some new chicks after a couple chickens were lost to a bear. These chicks currently live in a garage and will remain separated from the rest of the brood until they are full-grown. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Amber, 12, had no difficulty catching this chicken. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Brittany Honsinger has a number of productive layers and considers chickens to be a good investment, here is a collection of eggs laid in one day. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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When Jane Ritter Edward ordered chickens from Iowa, she received some Rhode Island Reds, but also an exotic chicken, a white-crested black Polish. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Brittany Honsinger's coop is fairly large shed. She likes having a large space for her brood of hens so if a bear does get in, the chickens have a place to go. It also allows her to raise some younger hens in a small kennel, away from the full-grown hens. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Jane Ritter Edwards decided to get chickens once she retired and built this coop from scratch, and without set plans. She has four full-grown chickens and two chicks, though the chicks are kept in the garage for now. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Kelson, 15, caught a chicken and hands it off to his youngest sister, Elle, 6, while sister Amber, 12, looks on. Amber is a skilled chicken catcher as well. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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This Juneau coop houses six chickens, who lay about four eggs a day. Eggs seem to be the main reason people in Juneau keep chickens. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Brittany Honsinger keeps a couple geese as well as hens - the geese serve as protection for the hens against predators like bears, Honsinger said. She doesn't keep an electric fence because she has a young child. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Bryan and Hannah Hoshide's youngest son shares that they have six chickens, which have an enclosed grassy yard and a sturdy coop. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Hannah Hoshide attempts to catch Martha the hen while Daisy the dog tries to help. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Bryan Hoshide holds Martha up while their youngest son leans in for a peck on the lips. He decided it was "yucky." Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Abby and David Lowell built a coop-shed combo, which gives the chickens plenty of room to roost, and the family some storage space for tools, feed and more. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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This North Douglas coop is certainly safe from predators, with a chain link fence around it and additional netting. The chickens were skittish and did not want to be photographed. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Inside the Lowells' coop, you can see a roost at the far left, a lamp and containers for food and water. Abby Lowell said they use the deep litter method and add compost in one corner of the coop. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Jean Shapland is still in the process of building her coop, an upgrade size-wise from the chicken run her hens have now shunned. Chicken owners in Juneau often build elaborate enclosures to protect chickens from predators including bears and birds of prey. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Elias holds a chicken, while Marin begs mom to let her do the same. Dog Bali hangs around wanting attention. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Reed, 6, caught one a chicken, but couldn't hang on to it. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Kevin Maier shows off their coop in the flats with sons Henry, 2, and Reed, 6. The coop was made with all salvaged materials, with the exception of the fiberglass roof over the chicken run. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Marci Driver and Bob Bellagh give their chickens direct access to the compost pile, the chickens add their waste and also enjoy eating kitchen scraps. Driver said they don't have to buy food because the chickens have plenty to eat from the compost. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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When Bob Bellagh and Marci Driver built this coop, they made use of an existing structure, the wood shed, and built the compost into the chicken run. Driver said they got the chickens as much for composting as for eggs. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Chickens like a place to roost at night, some people use lumber, others use found branches, like Marci Driver and Bob Bellagh. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Marci Driver and Bob Bellagh, like many, let their chickens roam the yard when they are around. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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The Morris family has three different types of chickens that lay three different colored eggs - white, tan and green. Green is their daughter's favorite. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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A coop in the valley holds some curious chickens. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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Some chickens are cuter than others. This chicken's naked neck is a bred trait, not due to a disease or being at the bottom of the pecking order. Melissa Griffiths | Juneau Empire
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