Many people are building their own chicken coop these days. Some chicken owners also happen to be woodworking hobbyists who truly enjoy the work of creating a wood structure themselves. They may have a certain attractive design in mind for their backyards. Other people are simply looking to save money (a DIY coop can cost as little as $200 — compared to nearly $400 for a pre-built coop). Whatever the case may be, here are the steps needed to build a chicken coop.
- Find the plans. If you’re interested in other woodworking projects in addition to a chicken coop, Ted’s Woodworking offers 16,000 projects for $67. You’ll get well-drawn diagrams and material lists that will help you with many different building projects, coops included. If you just want a cheap, easy coop, you can try
Building A Chicken Coop by Bill Keene for $30, Dan Kennedy’s Make Your Own Coop or check out the
FREE designs at BackyardChickens.com!
- 2. Get the materials. Your plan should have a materials list, but you’ll need to buy: Chicken Wire, Chemical-Free & Treated Wood, Insulation, Windows, Cinder Blocks and Shingles. You’ll need a: Tape Measure, Circular Saw, Hammer, Drill, Level, Speed Square, Tin Snips and Screws.
- 3. Start building! Small coops can be put together in just one afternoon, whereas more elaborate coops may take a few days. If you need help seeing how it should all come together, you might want to check out a few YouTube videos that show you how it’s done.
Also, don’t forget to call over a few friends! You’d be surprised how much work people are willing to put in for a few beers, some barbecue and good company.