Raising chickens in your backyard in a build your own chicken coop is the best way to get fresh organic eggs. The chicken coop plans you find will run the gamut from mobile chicken coops that can easily be moved from one section in the yard to another to Adirondack and cottage style plans. We made a door” for the pen by cutting an opening in the front mesh wall of the coop and adding a mesh flap that closes over the opening. This is because you’re likely to make more mistakes which are costly in terms of time and money. We added a ramp with small pieces of wood screwed in about every half foot up to the door of the coop from the run.
This is why it is best to choose a chicken coop guide that offers plans that are easy for just about everyone to follow. If you are a beginner you can build an attractive chicken house by selecting from hundreds of chicken coop plans. The pen is roughly 8 feet feet square and costs under $100 to build with ordinary carpenter’s tools. On top of that, I prefer a wide rectangle coop instead of square because it’s more efficient.
South City Coop is ideal if you don’t want your coop and run to take much space because the shape is long to the side and not wide to the front. We had to build an outdoor run because of loose dogs and wild animals in our area. All it would take was one good gust of wind to knock over my chicken coop and expose the birds to predators and weather. Roofing shingles: Protect your finished coop with a layer of asphalt roofing shingles, just like the ones on a typical home. This is what the nesting box looks like when it’s all ready to attach to the coop.
I’m trying to make things perfect for my girls, I’m just having a bit of trouble getting my ideas from paper to real life. If you do not have a yard that they can free range in, you will need to build a run for them. Well, fortunately, there’s a way to build a beautiful large coop with just $600. Instead of using a dolly to move the pen, I built it on skids to make it easy to move.
We also hung a little child’s rake on the outside and use this to help turn under the poop or spread new wood chips in the coop. If raising only bantam breeds, the coop may support up to two additional birds, but resist overpopulating the coop, which can result in problems regarding the health and harmony of the flock. Once you have your nesting box in place, screw the 2 x 4 on the nesting box to the chicken coop using grabber screws.
So now I had both ends shingled, it is important to make it look visually level, there is a difference between looking right and actually being right as far as level. We started by building a 1×2 frame to fit inside the area of the coop from the bottom roof brace to the middle brace that’s set at the pair of tall center supports. Cut two 4-by-4 boards to the side-to-side length of the coop for the skids, using a circular saw.
Like you I started out with what I thought I wanted, but after heading into my first serious winter (my first time keeping chickens in a cold country) I realise I have several serious flaws in my coop design! By the way, Robb shared some of his knowledge about chicken and coop on this page, make sure to read it even if you’re not interested in the design. We used a hand saw, a jig saw, and basic hand tools like an automatic screw driver, a hammer, and a staple gun to achieve the cuts we needed to make. HGTVGardens has got you covered with these plans for a DIY coop and enclosed run with a small footprint to fit any yard.
Where you place your coop is very important, as chickens are extremely vulnerable to environmental hazards. Because fixed chicken housing is the norm, I will not cover housing per se here. Your nesting box frame will be mainly 2 x 2’s, with a 2 x 4 on the open edge, which is where it will attach to your chicken coop, and where you’ll screw on your hinge for your nesting box roof.