I drew up these FREE chicken coop plans and I’m not only sharing the entire set of plans, but I’m also sharing the full tutorial of how to build this amazing coop over on the Home Depot’s blog. This chicken coop is SUUUPER cute, and also really functional and easy to clean. I’m so excited to be able to finally share this project with you guys. So click over to check it out, and make sure you leave me a little comment love 🙂
Download full plans here: Chicken Coop Plans Download
Please see our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS below, before building the coop. As it will answer many of your questions.
Some of the awesome features on the chicken coop plans include:
- Drop down side for easy cleaning
- 32 square feet- enough room for 12 chickens
- Ventilation to keep air-flow and prevent overheating in the Summer
- Nesting box with an open top for easy access to eggs
- Basket hook to simplify gathering eggs
- Easy access for chickens with ramp
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
- What are Fence Brackets? Most hardware stores carry them, including Home Depot. You can also find them here on Amazon, for about the same price.
- How much did this cost to build? Since building material prices vary by location, this could cost more or less to build where you live. For me, it cost between $400-$500 to build. You could save money by using scraps, using less expensive paint, or less expensive roofing materials. But I built this to last, so I used the best of everything.
- Why are there variations in the plans and the photos? I built this coop, and then wrote the plans. As I was building, I made a few adjustments that I had to correct on the plans. If you follow the plan sketches exactly, you will be just fine!
- Is the ventilation adequate? I haven’t had a problem with ventilation. Although I’m not sure how I’d know, as I don’t personally live in the coop- haha! But with the eave vents and the open door, it seems that air flow is just fine.
- Does the coop get too hot or cold? We have the coop in the shade, so in the hot Summer months, it keeps cool. During the winter, we keep a heat lamp inside for heat and light. It seems to work fine.
- Where do the chickens roost? We have added some roosting bars inside our coop, as well as out in the chicken run. The chickens also seem to like to roost on the rafter beams.
- Where do you put food and water? Our food and water is outside in the chicken run. We keep a water heater in our water dish so it doesn’t freeze in the winter.
- How do you keep the coop clean? We fold the side of the coop down and scoop out all of the mess inside. Once it’s clean, we place wood shavings in the nesting box. I’ve also seen these inserts you can use in the nesting box, which look interesting, though we’ve never tried them. If you are worried about the OSB flooring getting spoiled, you could line the OSB flooring with a vinyl flooring, or seal with waterproofing paint. We have had this coop for about 3 years, and haven’t had any problems with just using the OSB flooring.
So many of you are building this chicken coop. I love to see pictures of your final product! If you build this coop, I would love to see photos- please email them to me: Nat@thecreativemom.com
This lovely coop was built by Bernard.
And I love this coop, which looks very similar to mine, but he added a door to keep the “bad guys” out at night. Awesome build by Brian. He also shared a youtube tour of the chicken coop, which you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7byMkqcINZA
Here’s another red coop, similar to mine, but I love the enclosed chicken run. This is built by Anthony.
This cute blue coop was built by Mark. I love that he let his kids paint a rainbow on the nesting box. He added a few vent windows, which I think is a great idea! And that see-through roofing is a great idea! It would definitely help with the question some of you had about getting more lighting.
If you like this kind of project, you might also like my DIY Famhouse bench, which cost less than $20 in materials to build. Seriously, guys, I made this bench in just a couple hours, with ZERO help from my husband (or anyone else for that matter). It’s a quick and easy build to get you started following building plans and building things on your own!
And, if you like this bench, you might like some of my other DIY home projects: