As spring came around this year we decided to expand the homestead by adding some chickens. We started with four baby chicks but knew they would soon outgrow the homemade brooder we made out of an old dresser. So we decided to write a post on “How to Build a Chicken Coop Like a Boss”!
We wanted to make sure the coop was large enough to expand our flock, a place to keep our feed, and access to the nesting boxes without entering the coop area. My husband did a lot of research on different coop designs and layouts and we settled on one that had a front feed room and a back coop. The coop has a covered run in the back.
How to Build a Chicken Coop Like a Boss – The BuildWe started the project by laying out the corners and leveling the foundation supports. The interior and exterior walls were framed next. We added hinged doors on the back side of the nests and a door to divide the feed room from the coop. The nesting boxes were framed into the center wall and this is my favorite part of the entire project! The nesting boxes came from my great Grandpa’s chicken coop!
While my husband was handling the carpentry details inside. The kids and I nailed up the siding on the outside allowing us to do more than one thing at a time. The boards came from our local sawmill. They still cut wood with a huge old fashioned circular saw.
The roof and the tin were installed along with the vents. BetterHensAndGardens.com explains why chicken coop venting is important in the article, Keep Coops Ventilated.
Next, window installation. We used recycled windows we found in our family’s barn and hinged them to swing out. The last step was to build the run on the back. We used cedar posts as the frame for the run since cedar holds up better to the weather. We closed in the run with chicken wire, added a door and created a ramp for the chickens to enter/exit the coop.
How to Build a Chicken Coop Like a Boss – The ExtrasI added flower boxes under each window and my husband wired the house so we could have lights and electrical outlets. We also made a PVC feeder and use a water bucket with nipples.
The chickens seem right at home and immediately used the roosts in the coop. If you want more information about how to build a chicken coop like a boss email us!
You can also check out some free coop plans at “61 DIY Chicken Coop Plans & Ideas that are Easy to Build and 100% Free”!
Update 5/28/17 – After having a week of rain, my husband decided to add a small awning to the front door of the coop. This would keep the rain off the door and keep us out of the rain.