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After deciding that you want chickens you’ll come to the realization that you must carefully choose to buy or build your chicken coop. You might decide that building a coop isn’t something you want to dive into, but you still have to purchase a quality coop with a good design.  I want to share our chicken coop so anyone interested in building their own coop can have some ideas on what elements to include in their own coop.

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Before getting chickens, I read and scoured the internet on any information I could gain on chicken coops.  How high to have the roost bars, number of nest boxes, space for chickens, etc.  What I really enjoyed was seeing all the DIY chicken coops that people made.  There are definitely some creative coops out there!

Although we knew buying a chicken coop would be expensive, at least anything made with quality materials, we also knew building a coop would take a long time.  After deciding what coop I  wanted and how much said coop would cost, my husband decided he would just build one.

A chicken coop can be simple but must have the basic elements that will make it function for your chickens.

After finally deciding that he was going to build the coop himself he got started framing out the coop in March.  My chickens were due to come April and I knew they’d be ready for outside by the end of May so we wanted to have extra time just in case.


Chicken coop frame

The dimensions for the coop are 4×6 not including the nest boxes.  My husband framed it all out with 2×4 and the legs are from scrap wood that he was able to get from work.  We also laid out some paver blocks we had so the wood legs wouldn’t rot being on the ground.  The floor is a PVC material so I can easily clean it.  He also framed out for a window placement which I really wanted for ventilation.

After all the framing was complete the plywood was applied.  For the roof my husband came across some slate for a really cheap price, otherwise we would have just done some asphalt shingles.

chicken coop partially completed
Front of the coop

All the trim work and fascia boards was done with Azek which is a great material to use because it will never need any maintenance nor does it rot.  For siding my husband decided to go with cedar shakes because asthecially it looks great and it also is a high quality material.  Unfortunately the cedar siding took much longer to install.  My girls were living in the coop and my husband was still finishing the last of siding!

Back of chicken coop
Back doors of chicken coop

Next was the construction of the chicken run. Once again my husband used 2×4 to frame out the run. He of course had to paint the wood white to match the coop:).

Construction of the chicken run


Chicken run door

Shown in the above picture is the door he made for the run.   I needed access to the run so the door was absolutely necessary.  The door was painted white and then we enclosed the run.  Honestly I really wanted to use a safer option for wiring, like hardware cloth but it was so expensive.  We did end up using chicken wire but every night we make sure the girls are locked up real good.

The last project that was completed on the coop was the nest box.  We had time because we knew the chickens wouldn’t start laying till the fall.  I decided to have three nest boxes so there would be more than enough, you know just in case we get more chickens.Nest box

The lid to the nest box came out beautifully but when it rains the white detail edging collects water so if you were to open the lid the water will run into the nest box.  My husband drilled holes through the bottom but the water still collects.

Completed chicken run

Chicken coop

Moving forward there are some little additions i’d like to do.  As we found out this past winter the chicken run really needs some type of roof over it.  To many snowstorms this year and trying to cover it with a tarp.  Since spring is here I also want to do some planting around the chicken run.

Overall, the coop turned out beautifully and exceeded all my expectations. It did take longer than we wanted but the end product is something that we wouldn’t have been able to buy.

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