Building A Chicken Coop

Buying your chicken coop new from the store will usually cost $500.00 upwards! Modern commercial chicken houses use higher densities, but it’s hard to achieve the same densities in one of our smaller chicken house and still leave you enough room to get any work done inside. That’s why she/he built this super simple chicken coop because building a complicated and expensive one would be a waste. The plans and step-by-step instructions were first published in the magazine – issue 13, on June 2005 (subject to me retaining all rights). This DIYer picked up a cheap dresser and hacked it into a home for her backyard hens.

Put on the sidings (plywood and/or chicken wire) and the roofing material of the chicken coop when the frame is ready. They are not 100% complete with every possible detail as they were originally drawn only as a guide for myself for occasional reference while I built our coop. Like when we got baby chicks a few years ago when we were totally unprepared to raise chickens and built a very humble chicken coop (more like lean-to).

The walls are made from the OSB board, but only attach the side walls at this point because you are going to want room to finish the inside before you close the chicken coop up. Have a think where rats might decide to live, and take it into account when you site your chicken house. If you decide you want to try your hand at building your own, this article will show you how to build your own chicken coop. Outdoor Chicken Run – You will need at least 2 to 3 square ft. per chicken on the inside of your coop, and around 4 square ft. each in the run.

However, in hindsight I do feel some cross bracing would benefit the stability of the legs in the long run. You’ll need about 3 sq. ft. of floor space inside the chicken coop, for each hen and another 5 sq. ft. of space outside the chicken coop or hen house. The open-air run should be covered with chicken wire (metal mesh) on all sides to prevent predators from entering. For less than the normal cost of just one chicken coop plan you can gain instant access to this complete collection of coop plans.

You want to make sure you choose a coop that is appropriately sized and adequate enough to house your hens comfortably. Many people choose to have their coops close to the ground, but we chose the elevated coop. Many have fold out pages with the plans on so providing you are happy to work in inches and feet, for a couple of searches on eBay and a few pounds, you can soon have quite a few chicken run plans. This can be great for gardeners since chicken waste makes an excellent fertilizer.

I filled in the slats with wood scraps of wood and began the framework, walls and ceiling..unfortunately, it isn’t done yet (still has a wall to go) so I don’t have a completed photo…it’s done far enough, however, to accomplish what I wanted it for-a place close to the chicken coop to store the feed and keep it dry. We decided to purchase a coop and run from The Urban Coop Company for several reasons.

Note the hardwood posts of the chicken run and coop tie in nicely with the frame for the coop door and laying box latch frame. In chicken keeping, celebrity chefs have highlighted conditions that battery hens are reared in, and the ‘chicken out’ campaign has raised awareness of how much more healthy chickens’ lives are if they have access to outdoor grazing. I still have to build the door, windows and nesting box along with the two hatch doors.

My initial investment of $350 for the cheap chicken coop plus the $275 cost of building a chicken coop to replace the original just under 3 years later is a total of $625 that I could have spent on the original coop, and it would have lasted much longer. The key point is that you don’t need to buy materials if you don’t want to. Every council clean up would have everything you need for free. If you then want more you will have to build a bigger chicken coop so they will have more room. You’ll then have an accurate account of what it will cost you to build this coop. A chicken coop, also called a hen house, will protect your chickens from weather and predators.

So perhaps you should consider what a fair size run would be for them to move around in, scratch, dust bath, feed and drink and whether there is enough room for them to get away from another hen if pecked. Even more want to know if they can come out with a tape measure and measure my chicken ark so they can build their own. It may be a little expensive but if you build this coop, you won’t have to build another one for years so it worth the investment. We built a 4X8 coop for almost nothing by walling off one end of an already existing 8X16 rabbit shed that we’d built several years previously, also made by scrounging almost all of the materials, & adding a fenced pen outside.


They don’t eat too much, especially if they free range, so once you’re set up it’s not too expensive to keep them. It’s held in place by a piece of 1×2 on each side of the coop and it slides up for removal. There are thousands of free online blue prints offered for any style and price point. Depending on where you live, your coop might require more or less insulation from the outside elements.

They also use reasonable mesh wire which you often don’t find on runs this cheap. TRIXIE has more than 10 plans with various size and capacity, from 8 feet square up to 26. The sky’s the limit when it comes to possible design options because chicken coop styles are as wide-ranging as home designs. You can download a free plans package with drawings, instructions and materials lists for sawhorses, tool bench, workbench, foot stool, shelves, etc. Now, on to a simple lean-to shed for the chicken food to live in this winter….the base is made from a free bee palette a business was giving away.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that the birds have access to some shade in the hottest part of the day – and last but not least, give some thought to proofing the run against predators. It might also be helpful to mark the ground where the coop will be erected, taking into consideration its location relative to the sun (southern exposure ensures greater warmth and sunlight); any nearby structures (will you attach it to a garage or barn?); and the need for a run, fenced or not (more on that in a moment).

The Coop Plex is a double chicken coop with a foot print of 16 feet wide by 6 feet deep. As soon as they were ready, we transferred them to the backyard to a makeshift coop. On the other hand, many people prefer the greater deal of security and weather resistance that can be offered by a stationary hen house, such as the one in these plans. If I were to rank this coop based on the details, this would be one of the top ranked.

The elevated floor of this coop design allows space below to serve as run space for the chickens, reducing the footprint of the overall structure. If you’ve built a project based on a free plan, let us know by posting a comment or by posting a photo of the finished product in our community photo Gallery. Get your hinges at harbor freight and see if you can find a cheap window at a shed supply place. I would love to see your finished product and any enhancements you make to the plans as it can be fun to have some creative liberties(that’s where we got the idea for skylights)as there are so many designs and ideas out there.

Download our detailed plans to build your own chicken coop and explore this gallery to see this efficient design customized four ways, including a basic coop, elegant and rustic modifications and a plan to convert this sturdy structure into an attractive and spacious garden shed should a backyard chicken coop no longer be necessary. A chicken ark will keep a small flock of chickens protected from predators and harsh conditions and because you move chicken arks around, your chickens get new areas of ground to peck and scratch.

North Dakota State University Extension Service : This is a great resource for people that are looking to build something a little bigger than the coop above. Made from reclaimed wood, this bright red coop boasts skylights, vinyl flooring, nesting boxes, and roosting bars. If you are an urban chicken farmer, then you will need to be more careful with security to keep your chickens out of the neighbors yard and also in the appearance of your coop as you don’t want an eye sore in your yard where everyone can see. The window makes it easy to watch your flock inside the coop and provides plenty of light.

In this Building A Chicken Coop review we will do our best to provide you with every piece of information we believe you must know about Bill Keene’s product in order to make the right decision, including the most important things that you will get when purchasing it and the pros and cons that it has compared to similar guides online. I especially loved the idea of having a portable coop – one that we could move around the yard to fertilize different areas. So to be extra careful, I actually buried chicken wire around the perimeter of my coop to prevent animals from burrowing into the henhouse.

At this point, the 2nd half only has a couple support beams and chicken wire over the top, covered by heavy thick plastic-as we’re moving into the fall and the non-ending winter rain. The coop should also have a place with protection and privacy where the chickens can comfortably lay their eggs. It makes manure removal a little easier, but also allows you to hose down the inside of the coop once and awhile as such a door allows the easy removal of water with a squeegee. A must-have book if you’re interested in raising broilers in daily-move pens or embarking on small-scale commercial chicken butchering.

You could even convert an un-used cubby house that the kids have grown out of. If you choose to build your own coop, try to design it so you have easy access to all areas to clean and include lots of flaps and doors that you can open but can be secured if needed. With enough space for over 100 chickens the Poultry Farmer 2 chicken coop plan has all of the amenities of the poultry farmer such as chicken accesses, full human accesses, cleanouts and convenient nesting boxes.

They needed the space to do all their chicken things.” Wanting to interact with the fowl on a daily basis, she looked to larger chicken coops for inspiration, browsing designs on Houzz and other sites. Next, we added chicken wire to the bottom, cut out doors and put hinges on them. Building a chicken coop yourself could be a sensible option as it’s likely to save more than half the cost of buying ready-made. Some fowls are better off in a coop while others thrive well when roaming freely.