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One Housing Sector Is Booming: Chicken Coops

Even while full-size home building has tapered off impacting demand for wood, the chicken coop business is robust, providing another market for the wood products business.

They may not use quite the same amount of board feet as a new two-story colonial home but the chicken coop business is booming, opening up a new growth area for those in the wood, construction and manufacturing businesses.

As the prices consumers pay for eggs has skyrocketed during the past year—driven by another outbreak of Avian flu that reduced the hen population by millions—many Americans are turning to raising and housing their own flocks to keep them in a steady egg supply. And all those chickens need coops, usually made of wood.

A new research report from Future Market Insights forecasts that the global market for chicken coops will grow by 5 percent on a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next decade as people also look for a more sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyle.

A recent search of Amazon shows more than 1,000 chicken coops available starting at $149.99—delivery $60 extra—all the way up to a $5,999 version that will house 24 chickens.

They may not be quite the prime jobs most builders are used to, but breakfast is served every day.

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