My chicken coop plans are one of my most popular posts. I am excited to share them with you!
This chicken coop is SUUUPER cute, and also really functional and easy to clean.
Some of the awesome features on the chicken coop plans include:
PLEASE NOTE: After offering over 300,000 free downloads of this plan over the span of 5 years, I have started charging $19.99 for the plan download. I hope that my readers will understand that while I strive to offer a lot of free content- and good quality content at that- I also have children to feed and bills to pay. I felt that this was more than a fair price to charge for such extensive building plans.
- 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
Please see our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS below, before building the coop. As it will answer many of your questions.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about this chicken coop:
How much does it cost to build a chicken coop?
Since building material prices vary by location, this could cost more or less to build where you live. For me, it cost about $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.
How do you ventilate a chicken coop?
This coop has ventilation space under the eaves, and the door is always open. The air flow is just fine with this much ventilation.
Does the chicken 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 in the chicken coop?
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 in the chicken coop?
How do you keep the chicken 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 almost 4 years, and haven’t had any problems with just using the OSB flooring.
What are Fence Brackets?
We have completely fenced in our chicken coop, including some space for outside for the chicken run. We keep the food and water inside the fenced areas. This seems to help with predators. You could also install a door on the coop, where the chickens get in and out. Several people who have built this coop have done this and it seems to work well.
This coop should hold about 12 chickens.
So many of you are building this chicken coop! I can’t tell you how happy that makes my heart. When I designed this coop, I knew it would work for our little family, and I’m so glad it’s worked for so many of you guys too! 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
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