Easy Chicken Coop Construction Plans for Small Flocks
coop construction plans
for making your own chicken house are the best way to save
create an ideal environment for your flock and build
you'll be happy to have in your backyard.
your own chicken coop is actually not very hard.
Making a hen house requires basic materials, skills and tools. It’s
certainly something you can do yourself if you have prior building or
Before beginning the construction of your flock’s new home, calculate how many square feet your enclosure should have. Some coops have both a house and a pen, allowing the chickens to move freely from the enclosed area to an outdoor section, typically made of chicken wire on a wooden frame. The actual walled and roofed section of the chicken coop needs to allow about three square feet per bird, when they also have access to the outdoors. If the henhouse is their only environment and they will not have free range access, the coop should have at least five square feet per fowl.
Once you’ve determined the general size of the coop you intend to make, select and buy chicken coop plans to guide you in the building process. The best ones I’ve found are a set that includes detailed, illustrated instructions for building a small portable, a midsize and a large coop. Best of all, you can receive the plans instantly after paying for them online, so you’ll be ready to go in minutes. The plans include a materials list for you to reference as you assemble necessary items.
the largest coop, you may need to have the materials delivered to your
home if you don’t have a vehicle large enough to transport. Keep this
in mind as you order and purchase your building supplies. Once your
plans are printed and your materials are on location, the fun part --
construction -- begins.
As with any other building project, precise measurements from the start will produce a high-quality end result. Be sure to read through the plans in their entirety before you begin cutting and nailing the pieces together – have a clear picture of the project and each of its steps before starting.
The drawing at the top of this page on the right shows the medium size coop with a built-in nesting box and roosting area. It's great for a flock of about six. With this design, your chickens have access to a protected outdoor environment, and can also be allowed too free range if your yard area is free of chicken predators. The sketch below shows a much larger chicken house and attached chicken run that are ideal for a large backyard flock, affording them adequate area to live, lay eggs, and run around as they like. You can let them out of the run daily, simply by opening the door, to give them access to fresh grass as desired. This gives you the benefits of free range chickens when it's convenient and the safety from predators when it's not.
Here is what that design looks like once it is fully constructed (see below). There is tons of room for a nice size flock as well as a tall door for your easy access to the coop. It has a great set of roosting bars and nesting boxes, with exterior access to collect eggs quickly and easily.
This is truly a dream chicken house for raising backyard chickens. There is plenty of space so that when they are shut inside, they will be fine, and you can let them out during the day as your situation allows. An attached chicken run, like the one in the schematics above, would be ideal, with or without some yard time for free ranging/ foraging during the day when you are home.
While previous small construction projects experience and prior power tool use is ideal, these chicken house plans are created such that if you can read them, you can build them. Enlist the help of a more experienced friend or hire a handyman to help with the framing if you have trouble doing it yourself -- you'll still save a large sum over purchasing the already-constructed coops.
If you're interested in any of the coop plans for the houses pictured here, see Building a Chicken Coop to purchase them.
Go back to Chicken Coop Plans or home to Egg Laying Chickens, or check out other chicken-related resources:
How to Build a Chicken Coop - detailed plans and construction guide for making backyard coops.
These chicken coop plans and building guide are the best I've found, and purchased them myself to build our first coops. There are five different chicken coops included, beginning with the most basic double-story ark and culminating with the largest design, the Chicken Barn with attached screened-in chicken yard. I want to use their plans again for their largest chicken coop, the chicken barn, when we are ready to upsize our chicken flock's habitat. The coop pictured here is a medium-sized all-in-one design.
Recommended Chicken Books:
- Homemade Living - Keeping Chickens: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock by Ashley English
- Storey's Guide - Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow
- Barnyard in Your Backyard - A Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cattle
Favorite Chicken Quotes
“ A chicken you eat only once — eggs a hundred times." ~ Tajikistani Proverb
“ You cannot cook one half of the chicken and leave the other to lay eggs." ~ Sanskrit Proverb
“ You don’t have to kill the chicken to get eggs." ~ French Proverb