Chicken Coop Plans

 

My search for some chicken coop plans started out a little frustrating. First I did a search for "free chicken coop plans". That turned out to be a complete waste of time and somewhat irritating. There were plenty of search results titled Free Chicken Coop Plans but none of the links I clicked actually led to any free plans. I even checked places like the USDA website - no luck.

I was able to find a few how to build a chicken coop guides for less than 20 bucks but most of them were for a single design or blueprint, and looked like they were drafted by a rocket engineer. I needed something that was a little easier to understand. I also figured it would take me at least a long weekend to build a good chicken coop, so I wanted to look at several options before starting the project.

Myself (and a few others) did finally find three good resources that are simple enough for anyone to follow and thought we would share a few comments about them.

 

Building A Chicken Coop

Building A Chicken Coop
This one is the most popular because it has a ton of different and easy to follow designs for coops and runs.

Ranging from an extremely inexpensive all-in-one enclosed chicken coop for 4 chickens to a premium chicken house that has room for 50 chickens.

All of the plans and diagrams are designed with the total beginner in mind plus still detailed enough for individuals with advanced carpentry skills.

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Make Your Own Chicken Coop

Make Your Own Chicken Coop
This is the only one we found that includes simple step by step video instructions that are easy to follow. Surprisingly, it is also the cheapest.

It covers how to make a small to mid-size chicken coop.

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The picture on their website that looks something like an old fashion cassette player is just an illustration, NOT an active player.

 


 

Chicken DIY Guides

Chicken DIY Guides
This one does cost a little more than the two listed above but it is still one of the favorites, and sometimes they run special deals.

It has easy step-by-step designs for four categories of Chicken Coops. (Small - Midsize - Large - Portable)

There is a bonus video library with some good related topics like Winterizing Your Coop and Egg Catching Nesting Boxes, but no videos directly about how to build the coop.

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I tried to keep the summaries above as short as possible (only covering the main differences between the three) because each of the websites has a clear and lengthy description of what types of chicken coop plans they offer.

If you are brand new to raising chickens, one of the most important tips I can give you about building a backyard chicken coop is not to put it too close to your house. It does not smell like roses on muggy days.

Before the housing market got so bad, I was able to get some of the materials needed for a chicken house from scraps on different job sites, with the builder's permission of course. If you live in a location where there is still some construction going on, you may want to check around. You should at least be able to find some of the smaller pieces of wood needed for the nesting box area.

Are Your Hens Roosting In The Trees?
My hens simply will not stay in their houses in the summer and prefer to roost in the trees. They begin in the spring, and in the fall they stay out so late that I have lost a few that I didn't put in the house.

It is entirely possible that your house is too poorly ventilated and is therefore extremely warm in the summer, or it may be that it is infested with mites which drive the hens out. This may sound odd, but we were in just such a house not long ago and the mites were enough to discourage any flock of hens. If either of these is the problem, look around, find the cause, and then do away with it. Make sure that your henhouse is well ventilated. Get the air to draw enough to keep it fresh but not to cause a draft. Investigate the possibilities of mites and use effective control measures for them if found. Have your roosts and fixtures movable, and spray with strong kerosene emulsion or crude petroleum very thoroughly, being sure every crack and cranny is soaked. Painting the perches with crude oil every few weeks in the summer will control the mites completely.

 

 
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