Custom Chicken Coop Plans

Categories: DIY

Raising backyard chickens is more popular than ever. Keeping chickens is a hobby that pays off in fertilizer, pest control, companionship, and, of course, fresh eggs. For those ready to take the plunge, it all starts with the right housing, but finding a coop that is appropriate for the flock, easy to maintain and still looks good in the yard can be a challenge. HGTVGardens has got you covered with these plans for a DIY coop and enclosed run with a small footprint to fit any yard. This raised-coop enclosure offers room for six chickens, a walk-in run, built-in storage, an observation window, external egg collection and a simple design easily customized to suit any style. Download our detailed plans to build your own chicken coop and explore this gallery to see this efficient design customized four ways, including a basic coop, elegant and rustic modifications and a plan to convert this sturdy structure into an attractive and spacious garden shed should a backyard chicken coop no longer be necessary.  

Construct a beautiful and efficient backyard coop to suit any style—from fancy to rustic—with these step-by-step instructions. 

Prepare Materials

What you’ll need: 250’ 2x4 pressure-treated lumber/ 8’ 2x2 pressure-treated lumber/ 20’ 1”x1-3/4” pressure-treated lumber/ 1”x4-1/2”x33-1/2” pressure-treated lumber/ 112” 1x6 pressure-treated lumber/ 84” 1x1 pressure-treated lumber/ 15’ 3/4”x3/4” pressure-treated lumber/ 19’ 5/4x6 deck boards/ 5/8”x4’x6’ plywood/ 92” 1/4”x 1-1/2” lattice strips/ 260’ 1x4 appearance boards/ 1 roll 4’x50’ hardware cloth/ 5 26”x96” ribbed roof panels/ 5 4’x8’ siding panels/ 1 20”x33” single hung window/ 1 36” screen door/ 1 box 3/8” galvanized staples/ 1 box roofing screws/ 1 box 2” exterior screws/ 1 box 2” finishing nails/8 3” T hinges/ 3 door pulls/ miter saw/ jigsaw/ drill with screwdriver bit/ hammer/ level/ measuring tape/ square/ staple gun.  Before assembling the frame for your chicken coop and enclosed run, measure and cut the necessary lumber as shown in the detailed plans. Select pressure-treated pine, cedar or other lumber appropriate for outdoor projects. Whether you have purchased ten or twelve-foot planks, calculating cuts in advance will minimize waste.

Mark Notches

Use a length of 2x4 to mark required notches before assembly. 

Cut Notches

Use a jigsaw to cut marked notches. Notching frame junctions ensures the position will be accurate and provides a level framework to which the fencing may be attached.

Arrange Front and Back of Frame

Lay the pieces of the front and back frame on the ground in position. Use a square and measuring tape and confirm all spacing is correct, notches are placed correctly and corners are square.

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