If you want to have fresh organic eggs, rearing your own hens would be the way. Then it means you would be needing a chicken coop. Your options for getting one are to buy or build the chicken coop yourself. In this case, building your chicken coop rather than buying one at the stores would be your best choice.
Building your coop will enable you to get exactly what you want, according to your taste. To make the work easier, you will find here 75 do-it-yourself great chicken coop plans you can choose from.
When you build your own coop, you can sort of customize the coop according to your space and environment. It will definitely be stronger and therefore will last longer. Building your coop also saves money because you can use materials you have available in your home and environment.
If you are new at this, you are probably wondering what you need in a good chicken coop.
Some Features of a Good Chicken Coop
Chicken coops basically should shelter your birds from wind, rain, snow and excessive sunlight and cold, they also keep the birds in and safe from harmful predators. Chicken coops should have enough space for the hens, be well ventilated, and be easy to clean out. The size of the coop is determined by the space available to you and the number of hens you wish to rear (3 square ft per bird is standard). The coop should be covered to keep out airborne predators.
The Chicken coop should have some basic accessories like perches for the chickens to roost, dust boxes for the hens to bathe in order to keep mites out, and a spacious run. The coop should be enclosed in a chicken wire to keep the birds in or have a hardware mesh buried around it (at least 2 ft inside the ground) to forestall predators. You can make the coop mobile or stationary depending on your environment (urban, rural large, or small backyard; a farm or open space).
Now, bearing these features in mind you can examine the DIY chicken coop plans presented here and make an informed choice based on what suits you.
75 Chicken Coop Ideas
1. Small Modern Coop
This small do-it-yourself small chicken coop can house two or three hens. It is 2’x2’ and about 5’ tall. It has an attached run and a roosting bar. An ideal coop for a small backyard space.
The plan can be found here
2. Chicken Coop with Planter
This durable compact coop with a planter also has a nesting box and a clean-out tray and a 25 square feet run. It can accommodate at least five hens, It is eye-catching and a great choice for an urban backyard space. See the plan here.
3. Urban Chicken Coop Plan
This urban masterpiece can house 4 birds. It is 6’x3’, raised above the ground, and has two doors, a small and large one. The larger door makes it easy to gather eggs, and clean and ventilate the coop. The plan can be found here.
4. The Palace Chicken Coop
Build your birds a palace. This sturdy weather-resistant chicken coop can house 5 to 7 birds. It is well ventilated, easy to clean out, and uses the Deep Litter Method. An ideal farm yard coop. See the plan here
5. Shed Chicken Coop
This spacious chicken shed can house over ten hens. It is full length making it easy to walk in and clean out. Find the construction guide here.
6. Garden Shed Chicken Coop
Your garden shed can be converted to a chicken coop like this one. All you need to do is make it chicken-friendly by adding nesting boxes, lighting, and chicken doors. The construction guide is available here
7. DIY A-Frame Chicken Coop
A favorite chicken coup design is the A-frame coop. This simple coop is easy to construct and can house two or three birds. The plan is available here.
8. A-Frame Portable Chicken Coop
Another way to construct an A-frame coop is to put it on wheels. This mobile coop can house 2 or 3 birds and is an ideal open backyard space. Get the plan guide here
9. Layer Chicken House
A good chicken coop for a farm, the layer chicken house is well ventilated and built to protect the birds from predators. See the step-by-step guide here
10. Downeast Thunder Farm Chicken Coop
This DIY Downeast Farm Coop plan creates a sturdy chicken coop. The coop has a spacious walk-in run, and nesting boxes and can house up to ten birds. It is well fortified. It is ideal for farms in areas with many predators. Get the plan here
11. Low-Cost Chicken Coop
This basic chicken coop design has the qualities of a good coop and is much cheaper to build. It can house 10+ hens. The plan is available here.
12. Chicken Mansion Coop
This chicken house is large and spacious like a mansion. It has a porch at the entrance, It can house 12 birds. It has easy clean-up features and the nesting boxes can be opened without going into the chicken house. It is just the coop for a spacious backyard or farmhouse. Get the Plan here.
13. 8x8 Chicken Coop
The 8x8 64 square feet Chicken coop is another sturdy and durable coop. It has no floor and a sliding egg door. It is ideal for a backyard farmhouse or an urban farm. Get the plan here
14. Permanent Hoop Coop
The cooperative Hoop chicken coop is a very versatile structure. It can be pulled around the space, covered during winter and the covering removed during summer. It has good ventilation, is easy to lean on, it does keep the hens safe but is not so resistant to predators. Get the plan here.
15. Modern Chicken Coop
This modern coop is elevated from the ground, it has two doors, an enclosed run with a clean-out tray, and the nesting boxes are attached to the run. It is ideal for a small space in an urban or suburban backyard. Get a modern coop plan here
16. Easy Chicken Coop
This simple easy-to-build coop is elevated above the ground with a removable panel tray for easy cleanout. It has three nesting boxes and one door. The coop is well insulated and can house 3 hens, or more. Very apt for a small backyard space Get the plan here
17. The Mulligan Chicken Coop
This is a large coop with a 12x28 size run and an 8x4 brooder. It can house 24 birds. The nest boxes are deep and community-styled. You can install coop cams to monitor your birds. It is just the coop for a large homestead or backyard space. Get the plan here
18. Traditional Chicken Coop
This old-fashioned chicken coop was designed in the 18th century by TarTer Farms. It has strong wire screens to keep predators away. It is easy to clean with enclosed protection for the perches. Can house a large chicken flock. Will be just right if you are looking for something simple and rustic. Get the plan here
19. The Kerr ChickenTractor Coop
This Coop is a chicken tractor. This chicken tractor has the features of a good coop and can be moved from place to place to enable the hens to forage for food. It is convenient for urban and suburban spaces. Get the plan here.
20. DIY Portable Chicken Coop
This small simple DIY coop is portable, it can be moved to various locations in the yard. It can be made from locally sourced materials. The upper part above the small run accommodates the nesting boxes which can be accessed via a door and perches. This part can be shut off at night. The hens can leave through the door of the run and roam. It is ideal for beginners. Get the plan here
21. Homemade A-Frame Chicken Coop
The A-frame is a popular chicken coop design. This A-frame design is small, simple to do yourself, and portable. The upper part acts as a shelter for the hens and is water-resistant with built-in nesting boxes. The coop has doors on the two sides for easy access and can house 3 to 5 birds. Get the plan here.
22. Semi-detached Rustic Chicken Coop
This semi-detached coop is very economical and saves a lot of backyard space. It is ideal if you have limited space. It can be made from repurposed material. It is open on all three sides for adequate ventilation and easy cleaning. Get the plan here
23. Coop De Coop
This airy DIY chicken coop is just the one for you if you have a large backyard space. It can house 4 birds and has a spacious run so the chickens can remain inside the coop. Get the plan here
24. DIY Dream Chicken Coop
This fairytale-like coop is for an open picturesque garden environment with a lot of space. The cedar coop has wooden roosts and nesting boxes, and a galvanized roof. Get the tutorial here.
25. Large Chicken Coop with Signs
Customize your Chicken coop with these great sign ideas. This cozy chicken house houses 8 hens, has a spacious run and is made to fit into a landscaped environment. Get the tutorial
26. Cozy Chicken Coop
This cozy garden chicken coop is customized to suit the needs of the designer. It has several windows for ventilation, a walk-in door for easy cleanout, and houses 4 hens. Get the tutorial here
27. Fabricated Chicken Coop
This unique DIY chicken coop is made from a no longer in-use swing set. A great way to repurpose those old swings when they are no longer in use. The A-frame of the swing is encased with chicken wire. Get the tutorial here
28. Hen Home Chicken Coop
This elegant home-like chicken coop has been customized to include curtains to protect the birds from sunlight. It is built under trees to give it shade. Get the tutorial here.
29. Red Barn Chicken Coop
This huge chicken coop is for a barnyard. It is made from plywood pallets and locally sourced materials. The run underneath the coop is small so the hens are let out to roam within a fenced area to protect them from predators. It houses 14 birds. Get the tutorial here.
30. Wood Pallet Chicken Coop
This homestead chicken coop is mostly made of recycled materials; wood pallets, and milk crate nesting boxes. The run is made from hardware wire suspended by metal poles. Get tutorial here
31. Cube Eco- Coop
This DIY cube chicken coop is appropriate for small urban spaces. It is eco-friendly too. Get The tutorial here.
32. Amish Style Chicken Coop
If you are looking for a country backyard coop this is for you. You can attach a bigger run to give your birds more space to roam. Get the Plan from here
33. Western Coop
This wild west-themed chicken coop is designed to attract visitors. It is complete with the features of a good coop. However, it may need a more spacious run. Get the plan here.
34. Simple and Cheap Chicken Coop
This cute coop is made predominantly from repurposed materials. It is elevated from the ground to protect the birds from predators, with a space at the bottom where the hens can rest and run made from bed frames. Inside, it has a space for roosting and 2 nesting boxes. lt can house 6 chickens. Get the plan here
35. Space Economy Coop
A semi-detached chicken is attached to a garage wall. This not only saves space in an urban setting but also shelters the birds from wind and shades them from excessive sunlight during the summer. The coop is built with wide doors for easy clean-out and extended nesting boxes. Get the plan here.
36. Noice’s Quick Coop
This is a super simple and easy coop for beginners. It can house 1 or 2 birds and comes with roosts and a very small space for the hens so they will have to be let out to roam. Get the Plan here
37. Redwood Chicken Coop
This sturdy coop house for chickens is a nice DIY project. It has extended nesting boxes and is predator-proof. Hence, your chickens are safe. Get the plan here
38. Fancy Six HGTV Chicken Coop
Consider this beautiful coop with the run chicken house to adorn your backyard. It has a walk-in run, extended nesting boxes, and a window for collecting eggs from outside the coop. The coop houses hens and does not occupy much space as it covers only a 6x10 ft area. Get the plan here
39. Shed Chicken Coop
The chicken coop plan is shed-like with two doors: a walk-in door and a chicken door. The boxes are extended for external egg collection. Get the plan.
40. Extra Storage Chicken Coop
This coop houses 8 hens and has an extra storage area. It is well ventilated and illuminated. It has a big door for easy cleanout. Get the Plan here
41. PVC Chicken Coop
This PVC chicken coop plan provides a large run with no floor. where the kids can enter and play with the hens. It can be set up under a tree for shade from the sun. Get the plan here
42. Small and Easy Chicken Coop Plan
This simple chicken coop doesn't require much skill to build. The coop is very sturdy and keeps the hens protected from harsh weather. The run is not sufficient so the hen needs to be let out or a separate run built for the chickens. Get the Plan here.
43. Simply Easy Small Chicken Coop
If you're looking for something really simple and easy for an urban backyard space try this design. It can house 2-4 chickens, it has three doors for easy cleanout and proper ventilation and a door for the nest boxes. The run is small so the chickens will have to be let out during the day to roam. Get the plan here.
44. Crib Coop
This creative chicken coop is made from an out-of-use baby crib. Just cover with chicken wire, close up the sides, and include a door. Get the plan here.
45. Outhouse Poop Coop
This very creative sturdy chicken coop idea uses toilet seats as nesting box doors. The coop has an attached run and large walk-in doors for easy clean-out. Get the plan here.
46. Mobile Coach Coop
This ultra-modern coop plan is designed for the urban setting. The chicken coop tractor is mobile and has no floor so the chicken poop acts as manure for the organic garden. Get the plans here.
47. Spools Coop
This do-it-yourself chicken coop is made from recycled electric wire spools collected free from the electric company and scrap wood. Get the Plan Here
48. Seasonal Chicken
If you need a temporary shelter for your chickens during particular seasons in the year. This expensive but warm coop design will suit you. You can add a run to it. Get the Plan here
49. Queen Bee Chicken Coop
This urban chicken coop can house 4 chickens. It has two doors leading into the run, the floor is covered with a hammock for easy cleanout. Get the plan here.
50. Fowl Play Chicken Coop
This coop covers an area of 100 square feet and is suitable for holding 25 chickens. In the plan, you’ll see detailed instructions on how to build this coop and the materials involved. Get the Plan here.
51. Steadfast Chicken Coop
This coop is a product of a repurposed swing and slide. It is complete with nesting boxes and runs with a walk-in door. Get the Plan here
52. White Chicken Coop
This coop is beautiful and it is raised about 32 inches off the ground to prevent predators from harming the chickens. It has an attached run and houses 8 to 12 birds. Get the plan here.
53. Prefab Chicken Coop
This coop houses six hens. It has six nesting boxes and is spacious and well ventilated. The run door is wide for easy clean-out. Get the tutorial here
54. Fancy Pallet Coop
The supplies you need are pallet woods, chevron metal roofs, hinges, and chicken wire. This coop has a bungalow and an outer space that they can access by coming down the stairs. Get the plan here
55. Simple and Small DIY Coop
This well-ventilated coop was made from reclaimed wood. It’s a predator-proof coop with a vinyl floor, nesting boxes, and roosting bars. The run area is covered with sand and houses the DIY feeder made from pipe. Get the plan here.
56. Trampoline Coop
This trampoline coop houses 8 birds, it is a tractor coop and is moved around from time to time. The trampoline is enclosed by chicken wire on the lower part. Get the Plan here.
57. Cabin Coop
The cabin coop design is large enough to house fifty birds. It has vinyl flooring with easy cleaning, removable roosts, and a chute joining the coop and the run. Get the Plan here.
58. Economic Chicken Coop
This chicken coop is raised about two-inch off the ground. Cheap pavers are placed under the legs to prevent moisture from getting to the wood. Get the plan here.
59.Log Cabin Chicken Coop
This coop is made from a plane log and can house 6 hens. The floors are covered with linoleum for easy clean-out. It has an exterior run. Get the plan here
60. Classy Factory Coop
This beautiful design can house 6 birds. It has hatch windows and an opening in the roof for ventilation; an egg collection panel and two nesting boxes and a run area. Get the plan here.
61. Large Chicken Coop
The large coop design can house up to twenty birds. It is ideal for large farm spaces or homesteads. It comes with a run but the chickens can be free ranged. Get the plan here.
62. Judy’s Free Pallet Coop
The coop is made from free pallets; the roosts and nesting boxes are enclosed. A run is added to the coop. It can house up to12 birds. Get the Plan here.
63. Pallet Place Coop
This farm yard coop plan is made from pallets and is easy for a beginner who doesn’t know much about construction. Get the plan here.
64. Natalies Coop
In this attractive backyard coop, the sides drop down making cleaning easy. The nesting boxes are open for easy access to the eggs. Get the plan here.
65. My Little Coop
This coop design comes with removable feet, a walk-in door, and electricity for heated water and cam. Get the plan here.
66. Easy Free Chicken Coop
This easy coop design comes with two nesting boxes and can house up to 12 birds with daily free range. Get the Plan here.
67. Livestocking Chicken Coop
These traditional hen houses are tractor coops and can be rolled around the farm. They come with attached runs and interior nesting boxes. Get the Plan here.
68. Happy Chicken Coop
This comfortable chicken coop design comes with a walk-in run, and outer nesting boxes for easy collection of eggs and roots. It is great for a farm homestead. Get the plan here.
69. Chicken Hut Coop
The chicken hut is a small coop, for two birds. It can be moved around the garden or yard. It has a removable coop door for easy cleanout and attached nesting boxes. Get the guide here.
70. Colorful Chicken Home
This very elegant chicken coop plan is designed for up to 12 birds in a farmyard house. The attached run is enclosed with hardware cloth and has a walk-in door. The coop has two chicken doors and the nesting boxes can be accessed from outside. Get the plan here.
71. Dog House Coop
This chicken coop is made from an out-of-use dog house. The run has been attached to the dog house. Get the plan here.
72. Homemade Coop
This durable chicken coop design is great for an urban backyard space. It can house six birds and has a built-in run with a walk-in door. Get the tutorial here
73. Cheap and Easy Chicken Coop
This cheap coop can house up to 6 birds. It has two windows for sufficient ventilation and protection against harsh weather. The nesting areas are two. two nesting areas, Get the Plan here.
74. Hybrid Chapel Chicken Coop
This church-style chicken coop is a hybrid stationary and tractor coop. It is ideal for a small urban backyard and is predator resistant. Get the Plan here
75. Fifty Dollar Coop
This cheap DIY chicken coop is made from recycled kitchen cabinets. It can house six hens and has two nesting boxes and an attached run. Get the Plan here.
Have you made up your mind about the kind of chicken coop you want to build? Remember it will all depend on your space, environment, the number of birds you want to rear and the available materials, and of course if you want the coop to be stationary or mobile.
You have here, a great list of DIY plans to choose from, whatever you decide you can further customize them to suit your needs.
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