One of the first things you need if you are thinking about getting chickens is some kind of housing for them. Chicken coops can be a corner of a shed, a fancy custom built piece of art, or anything in between! If this is your first time keeping chickens you probably will end up with several different designs before you find the one that works the best for you. What you DON’T want to do is make the common mistake of many first time chicken owners and bring home your birds without having their housing set up and ready to go.
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There are a ton of pictures of chicken coops online, but not all of them are practical choices. Either they don’t come with instructions, are hard to clean, or aren’t going to protect your birds from predators. Whether you are a first time chicken owner getting set up with your very first coop, or you are looking to switch things up and find something you love, here is an epic list about chicken coops that normal people without a ton of fancy construction experience can actually build.
Chicken Coop Design Ideas to Inspire You
Photo Tour of Our Chicken Coop – The Cape Coop
I LOVE the roofed run on this coop. And I’m pretty jealous of their garden too. 🙂
Chicken Coop Remodeled – Timber Creek Farmer
When adding new birds into a flock it’s helpful to keep them separated but nearby for a while. Here’s one way to do that.
Chicken Coop Tour: The Coup Deville – Homestead in The Holler
If you will be pasturing you hens, check out the open floor on this coop. No mucking out the chicken litter!
Touring the Chicken Coop – Idlewild Alaska
This cute little coop is insulated for cold weather and looks pretty easy to clean too, because of the linoleum covered floors.
Small Chicken Coop Designs – Backyard Chickens
Here’s a huge collection of easy to browse pictures of many different coops and designs. Most of these are just about right for 3-5 laying hens.
Jjamerb’s Pallet Palace Chicken Coop – Backyard Chickens
This chicken coop is tall enough to walk into (a huge PLUS for larger flocks) and the framing was all done in pallets. Super cool.
The ‘South City’ Coop – Backyard Chickens
Are your chickens “under the radar”? Need a low profile and attractive coop and run? Check out this pretty little coop. Some of the pictures didn’t load for me, but the ones that are, are worth looking at!
Sweet South Swanky Coop – Sweet South Cottage
Just because it’s a chicken coop doesn’t mean it can’t be fancy. Love the chandelier.
Geodesic dome chicken house – Anthony Liekens
Are you in love with geodesic domes? Make one for your chickens!
This is a long series, but it’s good one, with a stylish coop in a small foot print PLUS an Ecoroof! Jump to part six if you want to see what it looks like completed.
D.I.Y. – Our New Upcycled Chicken Tractor – Lil’ Suburban Homestead
My favorite detail on this little tractor is that the roof swings up. That will make after dark access to the birds for wing clipping nice and easy.
More Coops To Love – Homestead Revival
Just how super cute and stylish can a chicken coop get? You’d be surprised. I’m in love with a couple of these. Hey, hubby? Let’s make a new chicken coop…fourth time’s the charm right? (I think he’s ignoring me…..)
Why you should consider chicken tractors – Farm Style
Not sure if you want a chicken coop or a chicken tractor? Here are some advantages to choosing a tractor.
21 Awesome Chicken Coop Designs and Ideas – Pioneer Settler
Have you ever heard of a rocket ship chicken coop? Here are some unique and fun design ideas.
The Eggcelsior – Backyard Chickens
Need a chicken hotel? Here you go.
Chicken Coops on a Budget
Making a chicken coop doesn’t have to be expensive. See how you can keep your costs down by using reclaimed and upcycled materials when building chicken coops.
Pallet Chicken Coop Part One and Two – Random Thoughts of a Supermom
This coop was made with pallets as the walls. That’s one way to put pallets to good use!
Permanent Hoop Coop Guide – Backyard Chickens
Hoop coops aren’t the prettiest of the backyard coops, but they come together quickly, use minimal materials, and can safely house a larger flock.
The $42 Chicken Tractor – The Locust Blossom
This cute little tractor won’t break your budget.
How To Build a Chicken Coop For Less Than $50 – Live Simply
Upcycled kitchen cabinets were part of the frugal success of this cute little starter coop.
Making A Cheap Chicken Coop – Grace Garden and Homestead
This coop houses 48 birds and didn’t cost much to build after using reclaimed materials.
Free Chicken Coop From Recycled Doors – Northern Homestead
A chicken coop made out of doors? How cool is that!
How to make a Mini Chicken Coop with Recycled Materials – The Cape Coop
A mini chicken coop is super useful to have on hand, and can be built quickly using materials that might otherwise be thrown away.
A Movable Homestead Chicken Coop – Homestead Honey
Check out Homestead Honey’s country chic chicken coop made from reclaimed materials, AND can be moved around on pasture.
Chicken Tractor Plans Anyone Can Build (Even If You’re Flat Broke) – The Frugal Chicken
This nifty little chicken coop is super sturdy and uses a pallet for the raised base. I love pallets!
Tips For Designing Chicken Coops
It’s a big pain in the neck to spend the time, effort, and money to make a coop only to realize when you are done that it has an obnoxious flaw. Here are some resources that can help you get it right the first time. (Or second or third…)
Designing Your Perfect Coop – The Cape Coop
Pay attention to these seven tips before you build your own coop.
What Kind of Chicken Coop Design is Best? – Timber Creek Farmer
Small coop or large coop? Here’s what to think about before you start building.
Tips For A Rodent Free Coop – Imperfectly Happy
Rodents love chicken food, but we don’t love rodents. Try to discourage them from the start by using hardware cloth when constructing your coop.
Chicken Coop Necessities – The Free Range Life
No matter what type of housing you end up using for your birds, here are a list of things to plan around.
A Predator-Free Chicken Coop – Untrained Housewife
Here’s a brilliant idea, use sand in the chicken coop and make scoop to make clean up super easy. Think giant kitty litter scoop here. Plus, tips on predator proofing.
My #Priorities in Building a #Chicken #Coop – Pint Size Farm
My favorite things about this cute coop is that it’s human sized, meaning you can walk in, and that the run is enclosed so that you can go on short vacations without a chicken sitter.
How to Protect Chickens from Predators – Timber Creek Farmer
Chickens are at their most vulnerable when in the coop asleep. Here are some ways to keep them safe.
Predator Proofing the Chicken Run – Idlewild Alaska
A predator proof chicken run will keep you birds safe when out and about. Check out how they kept things from digging under their fence (which is my problem right now…I need to fix my own run…).
Five Mistakes In Chicken Coop Design – Chicken Waterer
Avoid these common mistakes when making your first coop. There’s actually only four listed, but they’re good ones. I know I’ve made them all!
Not Good At Making Things Up?
34 Free Chicken Coop Plans & Ideas That You Can Build by Yourself – Morning Chores
This is a great list of some super cute coops. They give the dimensions of each coop as well as the difficulty level so you can easily see which ones will work for you.
Just want to buy a custom coop? Check out Carolina Coops’ selection of chicken coop kits.
Pre-Fab Chicken Coop – Five Little Homesteaders
Read a review of putting together a chicken coop kit.
Free Homestead Building Plans – Today’s Plans
Here’s a list of lists of chicken coops and tractors. That should keep you busy for a while. And if you’re looking for ideas on greenhouses and smokers, they have those too.
Poultry Building Plans – North Dakota State University
Printable PDFs of chicken related building plans, including barns, houses, nest boxes, and feeders
Free Plans For An Awesome Chicken Coop – Home Depot
This super cute mini barn has step by step instructions, pictures, and material list. Just add a few roosts inside and a small door on the front and it’s perfect for a small backyard flock.
Coop Building Plans – My Pet Chicken
Don’t feel like designing your own coop and just want to buy a set of plans? Browse through My Pet Chicken’s collection of purchasable chicken coop plans.
Chicken Coop Plans – Etsy
Did you know you can buy downloadable plans on Etsy? If you are a step by step sort of person it might be worth the money.
DIY Chicken Coops – Amazon (affiliate link)
If you are looking to buy plans and aren’t interested in downloading and printing them yourself, try out this book.
Free Chicken Coop Plans – Barn Geek
Step by step plans with pictures, plus the option to buy downloadable plans.
Easy Chicken Coop Plans – My Outdoor Plans
These detailed plans for a raised chicken coop are useful if you are new to building. The materials need are listed at the beginning, and sizes of each piece are clearly pictured. Diagrams show each step.
How To Build A Chicken Coop – Modern Farmer
Detailed sketches show just exactly how this coop comes together. My favorite part is the screen under the roost so that droppings fall out of the coop on their own.
Don’t Start From Scratch
You might have an outbuilding or doghouse already on your property that could be easily converted into a chicken house. Here are some ways others have transformed existing structures into awesome chicken coops.
Thinking About Getting Chickens?
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