Chicken Coop Plans to Build a Henhouse
for making your own coop is a great way to save money and get the right
size and style chicken house you need for your flock.
your own chicken coop is actually not very hard.
You'll be surprised at how simple it is to make a good coop
when you have
chicken coop plans to follow.
Read on to learn more about chicken coop construction and plans.
The photo to the right shows a medium size coop with a built-in nesting box and roosting area. The chickens can scratch around on the ground during the day, or you can let them out of the coop when there are no chicken predators lurking about.
The drawing below shows a much larger chicken
house and attachable chicken run that gives a larger flock plenty of
room to live 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.
This gives you the benefits of free
range chickens when it's convenient and the safety from
predators when it's not.
Below, you can see what that design looks like when it is built. There is ample room for many hens as well as a human-size door for access to the coop. It has a great set of nesting boxes, with exterior access to collect eggs quickly and easily without disturbing your birds.
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 this is too big to be included in the category of portable chicken coops, it would be possible to make the run part movable and change up your flock's free range area that way -- by moving the exterior pen daily and rigging a wire mesh enclosure to go over the path to their outdoor area.
If you have a tiny flock or just intend to keep 2-3 chickens, small chicken coops provide the perfection option. There are many lightweight, portable designs for pint-sized flocks, and this is certainly a very economical way to go when it comes to housing your birds.
While some basic woodworking experience and prior power tool use is helpful, most chicken house plans are designed so that if you can read them, you will be able to 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 chicken coops.
A small investment in good plans, your time, and appropriate building materials will yield a strong, adequate coop that will last years -- even decades -- providing affordable housing and protection to your chicken flock.
If you're interested in any of the coop plans for the houses pictured here, see Building a Chicken Coop to purchase them.
Want to read more about this topic? Check out our pages on:
Amish Chicken Coops: These Dutch quality coops are well-made and built to last. Find out where to buy and what design elements are superior.
Portable Chicken Coops: Chicken pens that can be moved about your yard make sense for small yards or where free ranging is not possible.
Backyard Chicken Coops: What elements go into backyard chicken coops,. and what are the advantages to eggs from your own hens versus those at the supermarket?
Chicken Coop Building Plans: For the do-it-yourself and frugal approach, learn about building a coop from easy-to-follow plans.
Chicken Coop Ideas: There are many ideas for fun and crazy chicken coops. Take a look at some fun pictures and get your creative brain working.
Go back home to Egg Laying Chickens, or check out other chicken-related resources online:
Best Coop Plans:
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