Note: This is a minimalist design for those who want to keep costs down. For a more complicated and stylish design try our movable chicken coop with attached run.
You can really go all out when it comes to designing a chicken coop. But if you don't want your project to cost the earth, then this plan is for you. This coop makes very efficient use of yard space and building materials. It should comfortably house up to 20 chickens. We currently house 10 in the one pictured (note the door is around the back in the photo).
This plan should be seen as a guide only. Your local climate may mean you require more ventilation, or more lining. Ask around people in your local area who keep chickens for advice. Chickens should have access to an outdoor area with this coop. We do not recommend keeping them shut inside during the day.
Every basic chicken coop needs the following elements:
We suggest using dressed timber for this project (smooth surface). When timber is dressed, up to 2.5mm is removed from each surface, which can take a total of 5mm off each dimension. So, for example, the 45mm by 115mm timber that we use is actually 50mm by 120mm timber which has been dressed.
If you prefer to use rough sawn (or "rough") timber, slight adjustments to some measurements will be needed.
You will need:
We were initially going to line our coop with corrugated iron, but the cost would have been horrendous. Then we discovered corrugated PVC sheets. PVC is strong yet light weight and flexible. If you use a plastic primer first (spray or paint-on) then you can paint it with regular exterior grade paint.
You can''t beat concrete for the floor. It will last for ever and is easy to shovel up the manure from.