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10 DIY Chicken Coops

Nothing says homestead like a DIY chicken coop. Raising hens provides food for your family and an amazing educational opportunity for the children in your life. However, they do need a proper home for nesting. A suitable home will also protect them from inclement weather and predators.

Learning how to build a chicken coop is something people with any level of ability can accomplish. Here are 10 super chicken coop designs to get your DIY gears turning. You can make some of them in a couple of hours, and a couple may take a longer investment of time.

1. Small Backyard Chicken Coop

This chicken pen is great if you are in an urban setting and only want to house a few chickens. It has several doors to improve ventilation and to provide easy access to your egg-laying friends. The run is too small for keeping the chickens happy all day, though. The designer also planned for this chicken coop to be portable. Make sure to watch several part of the video.

Level of difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1 day
Materials You Need:

  • 1×3 furring strips per plans
  • 1×4 furring strips per plans
  • assorted screws
  • Utility hinges
  • Slide Lock Barrel Bolts
  • Wood Glue

2. Fox’s Log Cabin Chicken Coop

When the designer of this coop wanted one to match his log cabin home, he had to start from scratch. He learned how to build a chicken coop step by step. Using materials he had on hand, the log cabin design was very affordable considering the large size of this coop. It can comfortably house nine chickens. The ambitious DIYer will appreciate the addition of a rooster box as well.

Level of difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Materials You Need:

  • 80 – 6’ long 2” diameter logs
  • 4000 staples
  • Screen door kit
  • 1”x3” furring strips to frame the door size of your choice
  • 160 3” deck screws
  • Enough chicken wire to cover walls, floor, and roof
  • 2 pieces 79” corrugated roofing panels

3. A-frame Chicken Coop

When you need something fast and cheap for just a few chickens, this is your chicken pen. It is eight feet by five feet. The nesting box provides about 10 square feet of space. You may want to consider changing the roof a bit by splitting it into two doors for lighter, easier access. It’s a great backyard chicken coop if you don’t plan on extensive expansions.

Level of difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Materials You Need:

  • 2′ x 4′ cut to length
  • 1 – sheet 3/4″ t1-11
  • 6 T-Strap hinges
  • 30’ of 30″ wide chicken wire
  • 2 3/4″ exterior screws
  • Staples
  • Scrap plywood piece for floor of upstairs coop and ladder

4. Rustic Chicken Coop

Weather resistant and with a full floor, your chickens will be comfortable and safe in this simple home. It is relatively small, so you should keep no more than four chickens in this DIY chicken coop. However, you might need to learn how to build a chicken run separately run or open access to your yard.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Materials You Need:

  • 1 – 2x4x10
  • 29 – 1x6x8
  • 18 – 2x4x8
  • 1 – ½ inch x 2 feet x 8 feet Particle Board or Plywood
  • 3 sets of hinges
  • Three door handles
  • 3 door latches
  • Nails to attach ½ flooring to floor frame

5. Eclectic Chicken Coop

Made almost entirely from repurposed materials, this chicken coop is fantastic for protecting chickens when you may be gone overnight. The clever use of string to pull up the ramp keeps the chickens warm and safe. It is eclectic because of the many different types of wood used. Some creative engineering might be necessary to make what you have work for this DIY chicken coop.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 long days
Materials You Need:

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6. Backyard Chicken Coop

Another project based on scrap materials, this DIY chicken coop is much prettier if you have a neighborhood association to please. There is a nice shady spot for the chickens to rest underneath the pen. The cupola is not only cute, but it provides excellent ventilation. The backyard chicken coop plans based on using two by fours because most sheet products come in four-foot widths. This makes it faster to build easier to fit everything together.

Level of difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Materials You Need:

  • Chicken wire
  • 2x4s as needed for length, width, and height
  • Leftover cabinet pieces
  • Roofing materials
  • Leftover siding

7. PVC Pastured Poultry Pen

If working with wood and nail guns scares you a bit, transfer your DIY chicken coop dreams to PVC. You can assemble a pen more quickly by cutting pipes instead of sawing wood. This type of DIY chicken coop is portable. In addition, the peace don’t need gluing, which makes it easier.. You can take it apart, roll up the chicken wire, and relocate your chicken family.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Materials You Need:

  • 6’ x 50’ roll of chicken wire
  • 9’ by 16’ tarp
  • Approximately 175 linear feet 1” PVC pipe
  • Assorted 3-way, 90 degree, 4-way, and elbow connectors
  • PVC glue
  • Bungee Cords

8. Upcycled Wire Spool DIY Chicken Coop

It seems to be a popular idea to reuse and repurpose unexpected items as chicken coops. However, this is no exception. A smaller chicken coop, it really is the only idea for two smaller chickens, like bantams. Therefore, due to its size, it would be a perfect patio coop. When you are done raising chickens, this may also be a nice home for rabbits.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Materials You Need:

9. Urban Chicken Coop

Why build a chicken coop that you can slap together in the afternoon, when you can spend five days working meticulously over every detail? Because you end up with a gorgeous coop with an enclosed run large enough for a child to cuddle chickens in, that is why. However, this chicken house might take a while to build, but it will be worth it.

Level of difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Duration: 5 days
Materials You Need:

10. The Palace

We saved the best for last. This DIY chicken coop is for royal chickens. You will end up with a beautiful coop with an enclosed run large enough for a child to cuddle chickens in. It’s an absolutely stunning design that will look like it was made by a professional.

Level of difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Duration: A few weeks
Materials You Need:

The range of DIY chicken coops is extensive. Whether you have a low budget or are ready to make a significant investment, there is a coop to meet your needs. In addition, repurposing materials or buying new can both get you amazing results. Let us know if you have made your own chicken coop before. However, if you have more of a green thumb, you can check out these DIY greenhouses to adorn your yard. Feel free to share your experience and suggestions.