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This is the latest iteration of my chicken coop. It's 5'x8' (1.5m x 2.5m). It's located in NJ, where we get all four seasons rather intensely -- 95° (35C) and matching humidity in the summer, 0-20° (-10ish C) in the winter, and 40-50" (1m+) of rain annually. So, the coop needed to be able to accommodate a lot of different weather types. The run enclosure around it measures 20'x10' (6m x 3m). Ill, Chickens, Rafter, Building, Demolition, Four Seasons, Red Paint, Quail Coop, Coop
The "I'm not a carpenter but I'll build it anyway" Coop
This is the latest iteration of my chicken coop. It's 5'x8' (1.5m x 2.5m). It's located in NJ, where we get all four seasons rather intensely -- 95° (35C) and matching humidity in the summer, 0-20° (-10ish C) in the winter, and 40-50" (1m+) of rain annually. So, the coop needed to be able to accommodate a lot of different weather types. The run enclosure around it measures 20'x10' (6m x 3m).
I must begin by highlighting that the magnitude of this project took me by surprise. It turned out to be larger and more challenging than anticipated. However, if I managed to overcome it, I'm confident you can too. This undertaking had a dual purpose - in the event I decide to sell my house, the subsequent occupants will inherit a charming 8x8 clubhouse suitable for young girls and boys, unless they have an inclination towards raising chickens. Ideas, Chicken, Raising, Diy, Dog Houses, Chicken Coop Run, Chicken Coop, Tin Roof
Fort Ski - Southeast Louisiana chicken coop/run
Welcome to the Southeast Louisiana chicken coop/run. I must begin by highlighting that the magnitude of this project took me by surprise. It turned out to be larger than anticipated. However, if I managed to overcome it, I'm confident you can too. This undertaking had a dual purpose - in the event I decide to sell my house, the subsequent occupants will inherit a charming 8x8 clubhouse suitable for young girls and boys, unless they have an inclination towards raising chickens.
A chicken run is an enclosed area designed to keep chickens safe from predators while allowing them to exercise and forage freely. Building a chicken run can be expensive and time-consuming, but using recycled materials can make it an affordable and sustainable project.

This article outlines the benefits of building a chicken run with recycled materials and provides a step-by-step guide to constructing a functional and sustainable chicken run. Recycling, Backyard Chicken Farming, Building A Chicken Run, Poultry Farm, Backyard Chickens, Chickens Backyard, Chicken Farm
Building a Chicken Run with Recycled Materials: A Sustainable Approach to Poultry Farming
A chicken run is an enclosed area designed to keep chickens safe from predators while allowing them to exercise and forage freely. Building a chicken run can be expensive and time-consuming, but using recycled materials can make it an affordable and sustainable project. This article outlines the benefits of building a chicken run with recycled materials and provides a step-by-step guide to constructing a functional and sustainable chicken run.
Building a chicken coop is an essential part of keeping poultry on a small scale. However, the process can be quite expensive, especially when using new materials. Fortunately, there are ways to build a coop without breaking the bank or harming the environment. One of the ways to achieve this is by using recycled materials.

In this article, we will explore the benefits of using recycled materials in coop building and offer some practical tips on how to go about it. Building A Chicken Coop, Homesteading, Coop Building, Homestead
Building a Coop with Recycled Materials: An Environmentally Friendly Approach to Poultry Keeping
Building a chicken coop is an essential part of keeping poultry on a small scale. However, the process can be quite expensive, especially when using new materials. Fortunately, there are ways to build a coop without breaking the bank or harming the environment. One of the ways to achieve this is by using recycled materials. In this article, we will explore the benefits of using recycled materials in coop building and offer some practical tips on how to go about it.
This coop was inspired by the Wichita "cabin coop" found here on BYC. There were also other inspirations that added to the overall coop design. I wanted a low-maintenance coop so deep litter, a trough feeder, and a waterer was a must. The entire structure is made from pressure-treated lumber except for the plywood and a few roof rafters that I was able to recycle from a home project. all the lumber is attached with ceramic-coated decking screws... Design, Homestead Chickens
Strong, Safe, Low Maintenance Coop
This coop was inspired by the Wichita "cabin coop" found here on BYC. There were also other inspirations that added to the overall coop design. I wanted a low-maintenance coop so deep litter, a trough feeder, and a waterer was a must. The entire structure is made from pressure-treated lumber except for the plywood and a few roof rafters that I was able to recycle from a home project. all the lumber is attached with ceramic-coated decking screws...
The build started in February and was completed in June upon the arrival of 6 pullets- the maximum we are allowed in our town. A large amount of material was scavenged and repurposed keeping the costs lower but we estimate the overall build was probably 1500.00- quite a bit more than I had hoped. Still, the neighborhood is suburban, and the better the coop looks the more likely neighbors will be to accept it. Outdoor, Duck Coop
Coop Focus: Coq au Vin
The build started in February and was completed in June upon the arrival of 6 pullets- the maximum we are allowed in our town. A large amount of material was scavenged and repurposed keeping the costs lower but we estimate the overall build was probably 1500.00- quite a bit more than I had hoped. Still, the neighborhood is suburban, and the better the coop looks the more likely neighbors will be to accept it.
We had never built anything more complex than a garden bed. I researched all over to find the perfect coop for my dream flock of chickens. We live in the PNW tip of Oregon, our weather consists of rain, sidways rain, & occasionally rain on a sunny day. So we decided on an elevated coop with a covered run attached. We had a pre-existing potting shed/wood shed on the property and decided to make the coop the same width and height to match. And large enough to access for easy cleaning. Oregon, Potting Shed, Diy Chicken Coop, Chicken Garden
The Happy Hen House in the PNW
We had never built anything more complex than a garden bed. I researched all over to find the perfect coop for my dream flock of chickens. We live in the PNW tip of Oregon, our weather consists of rain, sidways rain, & occasionally rain on a sunny day. So we decided on an elevated coop with a covered run attached. We had a pre-existing potting shed/wood shed on the property and decided to make the coop the same width and height to match. And large enough to access for easy cleaning.
This coop is 8' x 8' with an attached 5' x 16' run and is the culmination of a year-long bliss project. The finished coop is what happens when you combine an artist with a math guy who has amazing retention for that one construction job he had in college. It is a mix of new and old/repurposed materials. Coop Plans, Homestead Farm, Farm Gardens, Outdoor Structures, Homeowner, Walk In Chicken Coop
The Wanderbrook Coop
This coop is 8' x 8' with an attached 5' x 16' run and is the culmination of a year-long bliss project. The finished coop is what happens when you combine an artist with a math guy who has amazing retention for that one construction job he had in college. It is a mix of new and old/repurposed materials.
I started with an old shed that was being used mainly to throw stuff in that we didn’t know what else to do with. It contained a lot of building materials that I ultimately used to build this coop. After removing all contents of the shed and laying it all out, I checked the condition of the interior walls, ceiling, and doors. The only weakness was in the front doors and door frame. I removed the old doors and built a new door frame. I also cut windows in the back wall for light and ventilation.. Banners, Interior, Windows, Fenced In Yard
The Egg Plant
I started with an old shed that was being used mainly to throw stuff in that we didn’t know what else to do with. It contained a lot of building materials that I ultimately used to build this coop. After removing all contents of the shed and laying it all out, I checked the condition of the interior walls, ceiling, and doors. The only weakness was in the front doors and door frame. I removed the old doors and built a new door frame. I also cut windows in the back wall for light and ventilation..
Check out this video to see how this stunning DIY Hobbit House Chicken Coop was made. Homestead Survival, Diy Chicken Coop Plans, Chicken Coop Plans, Backyard Chicken Coops
How To Make A DIY Hobbit House Chicken Coop (Video)
Check out this video to see how this stunning DIY Hobbit House Chicken Coop was made.
Do you have an old shed that can be repurposed into a coop? Don't build a new structure if you don't have to. Adding a new coat of paint, adding a window or two, or ventilation holes covered with chicken wire, and setting some nest boxes and roosts—you're good to go. Check out 8 of the coolest chicken coop conversions here! Back Garden Farming, Chicken Coop Fan, Tuff Shed, Backyard Farming
8 Awesome Shed to Chicken Coop Conversions (Video)
Do you have an old shed that can be repurposed into a coop? Don't build a new structure if you don't have to. Adding a new coat of paint, adding a window or two, or ventilation holes covered with chicken wire, and setting some nest boxes and roosts—you're good to go. Check out 8 of the coolest chicken coop conversions here!
Our 4 year old grandson came up with the name "The Chicken Barn", and after we started building it he started calling it "Nana & Papa's Chicken Barn", so the name stuck! We knew we wanted the coop floor to be 8’ x 6’ (width being 8’), elevated off the ground, exterior nesting boxes, and wanted it tall enough to walk into without being hunkered over. Other than that we winged it throughout the build, with help of that same 4 year old grandson! Gardening, Cute Chicken Coops, Chicken Coop Designs, Chicken Shed, Easy Chicken Coop
Nana & Papa’s Chicken Barn
Our 4 year old grandson came up with the name "The Chicken Barn", and after we started building it he started calling it "Nana & Papa's Chicken Barn", so the name stuck! We knew we wanted the coop floor to be 8’ x 6’ (width being 8’), elevated off the ground, exterior nesting boxes, and wanted it tall enough to walk into without being hunkered over. Other than that we winged it throughout the build, with help of that same 4 year old grandson!
It has taken about a month of Saturday's and Sunday's for us to finish our coop/run. What was key was we first took inventory of what was usable to save money.. Then we set our goals and requirements. For us when we start a big project Michael likes to cut corners or save money and setting the requirements is something Laura makes sure are agreed to before construction starts. We discussed lessons learned from our previous coops.
DIY She Shed Chicken Coop and Run
It has taken about a month of Saturday's and Sunday's for us to finish our coop/run. What was key was we first took inventory of what was usable to save money.. Then we set our goals and requirements. For us when we start a big project Michael likes to cut corners or save money and setting the requirements is something Laura makes sure are agreed to before construction starts. We discussed lessons learned from our previous coops.
Have you ever wanted to make a chicken coop for your backyard chickens, but you had no idea where to start? Check out these ten inspiring chicken coop projects from the BYC members— all of them were built with recycled materials and elbow grease! It only goes to show that making chicken coops doesn’t have to be costly when you can recycle building materials. If you want some great ideas on how to build a chicken coop using reused and recycled materials, check out these awesome coops. Chicken Coop Garden
10 Great Chicken Coops Made From Recycled Materials (Video)
Have you ever wanted to make a chicken coop for your backyard chickens, but you had no idea where to start? Check out these ten inspiring chicken coop projects from the BYC members— all of them were built with recycled materials and elbow grease! It only goes to show that making chicken coops doesn’t have to be costly when you can recycle building materials. If you want some great ideas on how to build a chicken coop using reused and recycled materials, check out these awesome coops.
Building a chicken coop is a fairly simple weekend woodworking project. Don't be chicken! We promise: It's easier than you think to build a warm home for your chickens with these 5 chicken coops that you can build in a weekend! These will also help you build your brood an easy, safe, and sturdy place to live that's easy on the eyes too.
5 Chicken Coops You Can Build in a Weekend (Video)
Building a chicken coop is a fairly simple weekend woodworking project. Don't be chicken! We promise: It's easier than you think to build a warm home for your chickens with these 5 chicken coops that you can build in a weekend! These will also help you build your brood an easy, safe, and sturdy place to live that's easy on the eyes too.