Can’t find the best DIY chicken coop for your flock? Then read our epic list of 44 DIY chicken coop ideas and plans!
We’re about to list some of the best DIY chicken coop plans regardless of your skill level or budget.
Before we reveal the best chicken coop plans – I want to share a brief story about my recent experience seeking the best chicken coop and some handy chicken coop resources I found along the way.
We just downsized our chickens from a palatial yet rather drafty chicken coop that could accommodate over 50 chickens to a smaller, cozier version that’s more suitable for a flock of 13.
The piece de resistance is, without a doubt, the upcycled toilet seat that provides perfectly chicken-sized access to the nesting boxes throughout the day.
While I love our new chicken coop, our hens don’t seem quite as keen, spending much of the day hovering at the entrance rather than taking the plunge through the toilet seat!
Because of that and a couple of other design flaws that appear to be knocking egg production, I decided to look for ideas regarding how to upgrade my coop online.
I was astonished at the number and variety of chicken coop designs there are out there. From feather factories to chicken chapels, you can find a style to fit your homestead theme and your hen’s needs surprisingly easily.
After spending way too much time ogling these beautiful chicken house ideas, I finally managed to create a list of my top 44 all-time favorites. Many of these backyard chicken coops are – like ours, built from recycled materials and relatively easy to assemble.
I know that building even a simple chicken coop can seem overwhelming! But, with step-by-step plans and detailed materials lists available, constructing a simple chicken coop doesn’t have to be a daunting experience at all.
Grab yourself a cup of coffee or glass of wine, sit back, relax, and let me show you some of the most innovative chicken coop ideas for both urban and rural environments.
I’ll try to keep my descriptions brief. Otherwise, you’ll be on your fourth glass of wine by the time we’ve finished, which may give you the confidence to build a backyard coop, but not the wherewithal!
Sound good? Let’s begin!
- 1. Simple A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan by the How To Specialist
- 2. The Stationary Box Coop by Love To Know
- 3. The Hens In The Dog House Design by Mother Earth News
- 4. Fairytale Chicken Coop Plan by Live Simply
- 5. The Pallet Palace by Jjamerb (With Tips From Backyard Chickens)
- 6. Rustic Poultry House Blueprints! (10 x 12)
- 7. The Ikea Home for Chicks by IKEA Hackers
- 8. The Backyard Chicken Coop by My Outdoor Plans
- 9. The Shed Coop by Ana White
- 10. Barn Style Chicken Coop Plans by Lady Goats
- 11. Palace Chicken Coop Plans by Steamy Kitchen
- 12. The Urban Coop by The Tangled Nest
- 13. A Simple Coop for 13 Hens by Home & Garden Plans
- 14. The Rustic Coop by Barn Geek
- 15. The Choo Choo Coop by Steve (via Community Chickens)
- 16. The Birds With Badges Design by Benedetto Bufalino
- 17. The Central Perch by Jennifer Schmus
- 18. The Chicken Cube by Landscape + Urbanism
- 19. The Hen-Tertainment Centre by Ton Matton
- 20. The 3×7 Chicken Coop by Hen Class
- 21. The Custom Coop by HGTV
- 22. The Complete Coop by Modern Farmer
- 23. The Red Shed Chicken Barn by Unbound Roots
- 24. The Feather Factory by LittleFeat
- 25. The Southern Style Hen Haven by Fireguy56
- 26 The Basic Box by The Garden Coop
- 27. The West Wing Chicken Coop by Common Coops
- 28. The Zelda Chicken Coop Design by The Happy Chicken Coop
- 29. The South City Coop by rpchris
- 30. The 8×8 Garden Shed Chicken Coop Design by Construct101
- 31. The Dailey’s Chicken Coop by Kassy68
- 32. The Garden Ark by The Garden Coop
- 33. Upcycled Chicken Coop Plans by Rootsy
- 34. Trictle’s Chicken Cottage by Trictle
- 35. Thunder Farm Hen House by Downeast Thunder Farm
- 36. Rustic Log Cabin Design by Romadfox
- 37. The Crib Chicken Coop by Weed ‘Em and Reap
- 38. $50 Chicken Coop by Off Grid With Doug and Stacy
- 39. My6Chicks’ Chicken Coop Design
- 40. The Geodesic Dome Chicken House by Anthony Liekens
- 41. Quick and Easy Chicken Coop Plans by Grit
- 42. The Kerr Center Chicken Tractor
- 43. Lightweight Chicken Tractor Plans by The Adventure Bite
- 44. The Wee Kirk Chicken Coop by Pastor Todd Leach
- 45. The Chez Poulet
- Which DIY Chicken Coop Plans Are Your Favorite?
DIY Chicken Coop Plans and Ideas
Scroll down for the full details and links for all our chicken coop plans and ideas!
1. Simple A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan by the How To Specialist
An A-frame chicken coop is one of the easiest to build, and the most versatile. While this design lacks any real nesting boxes, the raised, covered platform provides a safe place for 2-3 chickens to shelter and lay.
This mobile coop comes with carrying handles so it’s easy to move around, making it ideal for a small garden or urban space.
2. The Stationary Box Coop by Love To Know
When we moved onto our small-holding, various dilapidated wooden boxes were lying around the place and we built our first-ever chicken coop using one of them.
The finished product looked a lot like this one and provided a safe and sturdy shelter for our small flock of backyard chickens.
3. The Hens In The Dog House Design by Mother Earth News
Upcycling old structures make constructing a chicken coop both easier and cheaper than starting from scratch. This design brings an old dog house back from the dead and converts it into a cozy hen house.
4. Fairytale Chicken Coop Plan by Live Simply
This eye-catching chicken coop reminds me of the Gingerbread House in Grimm’s story of Hansel and Gretel. Fortunately, this coop isn’t edible, even though it looks good enough to eat, and costs less than $50 to complete.
5. The Pallet Palace by Jjamerb (With Tips From Backyard Chickens)
This beautiful coop is based on an old woodshed design but can be built from scratch using wooden pallets and scrap lumber.
Designed to accommodate a large flock of 30 to 50 hens, this backyard chicken coop has an expansive outdoor run covered with deer wire to keep chickens safe from predators.
6. Rustic Poultry House Blueprints! (10 x 12)
We found an epic poultry house design blueprint while browsing the Mississippi State University Extension’s blog.
The chicken coop plan contains measurements, a list of materials, and blueprints. (Including blueprints for the feeder, watering jugs, roosting bars, doors, windows, and more.)
It’s not as fancy (or as colorful) as some of the other chicken coop plans. But – I love how precise and accurate the design blueprints are. I grade it with an A+ – it’s one of my favorites!
7. The Ikea Home for Chicks by IKEA Hackers
This innovative design is made almost exclusively from upcycled furniture from Ikea.
Easier to construct than many of Ikea’s ready-to-assemble accessories, it uses a bunk bed for the frame, an old bottle rack for the steps up to the raised nesting boxes which are made from toy storage boxes.
8. The Backyard Chicken Coop by My Outdoor Plans
With its window trim, hinged doors, and gable roof, this cute chicken coop is both functional and weather-resistant. The plans include 3D diagrams, detailed material lists, and extensive instructions.
9. The Shed Coop by Ana White
The Ana White free chicken coop is based on a traditional design that includes an external nesting box and chicken-height doors for access. It has 34 square feet of floor space, making it suitable for a flock of eight standard-sized hens.
10. Barn Style Chicken Coop Plans by Lady Goats
This exquisite coop comes complete with a roof garden and integrated run. Based on the pricey Cedar Chicken Coop & Run with Planter from Williams Sonoma, it’s perfect for bantam breeds and backyard hens.
11. Palace Chicken Coop Plans by Steamy Kitchen
The unusual recipe from Steamy Kitchen involves combining DIY chicken coop plans with some barn wood and poop boards to create the perfect hen house. The full-size door and extra headspace make collecting eggs and treating sick chickens a breeze.
12. The Urban Coop by The Tangled Nest
Although small, this coop is the perfect size for a small flock and includes ample outdoor space for chickens to scratch in. The materials cost around $300 and the design takes approximately two days to complete.
Read More – Read About Our Epic 5-Gallon Chicken Feeder!
13. A Simple Coop for 13 Hens by Home & Garden Plans
This coop is designed to give a flock of three a spacious outdoor range as well as safe areas to nest and roost. The plans include detailed instructions on the entire building process, from the floor and walls to each nest box. Better still, you can get them for free!
14. The Rustic Coop by Barn Geek
With its shingled roof and solid wood structure, this functional chicken coop is a virtual Fort Knox for your backyard hens. One side of the coop is dedicated to nesting boxes, while the other is designed to give the flock easy access to food and water.
15. The Choo Choo Coop by Steve (via Community Chickens)
This beautiful design was created by a grandfather eager to impress his granddaughters.
It started life as an old wooden swing set but, with the addition of a few cattle panels and plywood boards, has been transformed into an inspirational chicken coop design. It even has an old stove pipe masquerading as the smoke stack!
16. The Birds With Badges Design by Benedetto Bufalino
Not everyone has an old police car lying around but I know of quite a few homesteads with old vehicles on them, just waiting for a new lease of life.
At one point, we considered converting our old Land Rover into a chicken coop but then decided it would probably break down! It may not be mobile, but it is ideal for criminally heavy layers!
17. The Central Perch by Jennifer Schmus
This simple coop is the perfect space for a small flock of feathered friends to hang out and enjoy one another’s company.
Clearly designed by a fan of the TV show, Friends, this colorful coop is proof that you don’t need the most resources to create an epic home for your flock!
18. The Chicken Cube by Landscape + Urbanism
The highlights of this modern coop design are its succulent eco-roof and simple design.
If you’re hoping to offset the cost of building it with the profit from your eggs, however, don’t hold your breath – “the payback time for this return-on-investment with current egg prices – 42 years.”
19. The Hen-Tertainment Centre by Ton Matton
If you’re looking for a last-second indoor coop for your backyard chickens, converting an old entertainment center or kitchen cabinet could save you both time and money.
It sounds crazy, but in theory – it’s possible!
Designed for small flocks, this type of coop fits easily into an outdoor barn, though you might want to add a ramp or ladder so your hens have easier access.
20. The 3×7 Chicken Coop by Hen Class
This coop’s odd design makes it versatile, predator-proof, and easy to clean while minimizing the amount of space required. The plans are easy to follow and simple enough for a beginner to execute.
21. The Custom Coop by HGTV
Despite looking like a commercially bought coop, this exquisite design is surprisingly simple to build. Step-by-step instructions are available for free, along with a complete cut list and a detailed materials list.
22. The Complete Coop by Modern Farmer
The plans for this coop are so detailed they include in-depth explanations about how and where to hang your feeder and watering device and how to convert scrap lumber into a comfortable roosting bar.
This is your complete homesteader's guide to raising, feeding, breeding, and selling chickens!
Written by Amy Fewell with a foreword by Joel Salatin, this book teaches you how to hatch your own chicks, prevent and treat common chicken ailments, start a poultry business, cook delicious recipes with your fresh eggs, and much more.
Perfect for anyone wanting to take a natural approach to backyard chicken keeping!
23. The Red Shed Chicken Barn by Unbound Roots
While a little complicated for someone who’s as DIY-challenged as me, this smart design is attractive, durable, and spacious, making it suitable for larger flocks and larger chickens!
24. The Feather Factory by LittleFeat
This attractive coop wasn’t only designed to accommodate chickens, but also the opinions of the neighbors. It’s unobtrusive, well-ventilated, and spacious enough for five chickens, with extra space outside for foraging.
Read More – 110+ Funny and Cute Chicken Coop Names!
25. The Southern Style Hen Haven by Fireguy56
Suitable for a flock of 25 chickens, this rather palatial design uses a combination of plywood and fencing posts to create a spacious coop complete with nesting boxes and poop trays.
26 The Basic Box by The Garden Coop
The Garden Coop specializes in designing accommodations for the urban chicken. This basic design is ideal for a small garden, requires just a few basic materials, and can be constructed by the chickens themselves.
Well, not quite, but it is easy!
The only downside is that the plans aren’t free but $20 seems a fair price for illustrated step-by-step instructions.
27. The West Wing Chicken Coop by Common Coops
If you’ve got a flock of boisterous, argumentative chickens, then you can’t go far wrong with this West Wing design. Although it looks elaborate and can accommodate a flock of 20 or more, it’s made primarily from pallet wood, making it surprisingly cost-effective.
28. The Zelda Chicken Coop Design by The Happy Chicken Coop
Another coop designed for larger flocks, this design requires a comprehensive knowledge of construction and intermediate woodworking skills.
Step-by-step instructions make the construction process easier than you might expect, however, so, if that glass of wine has you reaching for the skies, why not give it whirl?
This guide covers everything you need to know to build great housing for your animals, with dozens of plans for coops, hutches, shade structures, barns, and much more.
Your animals will be proud to call these home!
29. The South City Coop by rpchris
A compact coop designed to run along the side of a building, this design is both functional and compact.
It’s not the cheapest design, however, with materials costing almost $500, but the finished product is cute enough to justify it, especially if you don’t have room for an off-the-shelf version.
30. The 8×8 Garden Shed Chicken Coop Design by Construct101
This spacious coop is designed for a larger flock and gives the chickens plenty of room, making it suitable for heavy breeds, like the Austrolope, as well as more popular backyard breeds like the Rhode Island.
Read More – These Are The Best Chicken Breeds For Beginners!
31. The Dailey’s Chicken Coop by Kassy68
This beautiful design looks good enough for human inhabitation with its full-size door and shingled roof.
It’s a comparatively complex design, however, so not one you’re likely to finish in a weekend. If you’ve got the time to invest, you’ll end up with a robust coop that will protect your flock against strong wind and other nasty weather conditions.
32. The Garden Ark by The Garden Coop
Another ingenious idea from the Garden Coop, this mobile chicken tractor can be moved around and has an open floor so your hens can fertilize and forage in different areas of your garden every day.
33. Upcycled Chicken Coop Plans by Rootsy
Depending on the availability of affordable building materials in your area, you could construct a spacious coop like this one for less than $100. That sum includes the hardware cloth that surrounds the chicken run and the framework of fencing poles.
34. Trictle’s Chicken Cottage by Trictle
A compact yet cozy cottage for chickens, this design is too intricate to complete in a weekend but is worth the extra effort if you want to provide a warm environment for a flock of four without the need for supplemental heating during the winter.
35. Thunder Farm Hen House by Downeast Thunder Farm
Here’s another excellent farm chicken coop idea if you want detailed blueprints and specifications. This coop feels like the carpenter’s and woodworker’s dream – especially if you love spoiling your flock! Thanks to Downeast Thunder Farm for making these blueprints!
Built like Fort Knox with plenty of space to roam and scratch, this innovative design is big enough to keep a flock of eight chickens happy with its 32 square feet of indoor space and exterior nesting box.
36. Rustic Log Cabin Design by Romadfox
To complete this rustic design, you’ll need a budget of around $400 and a shopping list that includes plywood, roofing panels, a screen door kit, and chicken wire.
Simple to construct, this robust design makes the perfect coop for any thickly wooded homestead.
Read More – What’s the Best Height of a Chicken Fence?
37. The Crib Chicken Coop by Weed ‘Em and Reap
This affordable design costs less than $50 to build and using an old baby’s crib. Although it won’t house a large flock, it’s a functional design for those with a smaller flock and who live in warm enough conditions for fresh-air poultry houses.
38. $50 Chicken Coop by Off Grid With Doug and Stacy
David Toht teaches tons of backyard homestead projects. His 40 homesteading project book has dozens of plans to kickstart your off-grid journey. You'll learn about animal fencing, garden structures, chicken housing, sheds, solar power, hydroponics, beehives, and more!
39. My6Chicks’ Chicken Coop Design
It’s the attention to detail that takes this simple box design to the next level.
It has electricity so your chickens can enjoy the luxury of a heated water feeder, and artificial lights during winter. You can also keep an eye on your flock via an infra-red motion detection camera.
Read More – How Do Sex-Link Chickens Work?
40. The Geodesic Dome Chicken House by Anthony Liekens
If your chickens are a little bit out of this world, this sci-fi-inspired design is a perfect fit.
Unlike most geodesic dome designs, this clever design isn’t portable but will provide three to four chickens with the maximum amount of space while keeping them warm at night.
41. Quick and Easy Chicken Coop Plans by Grit
This simple DIY chicken coop requires little more than some old pallets and a couple of durable storage boxes.
You don’t need detailed building plans to construct this design and even someone with limited DIY skills should be able to complete it in just a few hours.
42. The Kerr Center Chicken Tractor
As robust as it is, this portable chicken coop can be moved around your small-holding, giving your chickens protection wherever they’re foraging.
Cheaper than many commercial coops that use a similar design, this coop is strong enough to withstand strong winds while giving your chickens adequate protection against predators.
Read More – What Chickens Lay White Eggs?
43. Lightweight Chicken Tractor Plans by The Adventure Bite
Unlike the previous design, this mobile coop can be moved by a single person. Its curved roof is made out of a PVC frame with welded wire over the top.
A medium-weight tarpaulin provides shelter while the additional chicken mesh prevents the hens from popping their heads through the wire and presenting opportunistic predators with an all too easy snack.
44. The Wee Kirk Chicken Coop by Pastor Todd Leach
This elaborate chicken coop measures 10 square feet on the inside with a 35 square foot run. With six windows, it’s well-ventilated during the summer and has plexiglass sheets that can be slid across the windows to make it cozier during the winter months.
45. The Chez Poulet
If you’re on a tight budget, this expensive coop design isn’t for you, but if you’re looking to create the dream coop for your flock, it’s worth the investment.
The plan itself will cost you just under $40 and the materials another $1,600 or so, but if that means happy chickens and easy access to eggs, it’s arguably worth it.
DIY Chicken Coop Building FAQs
Building a DIY chicken coop is overwhelming without guidance. But no worries! We have tons of chicken coop experience – and we’re eager to share our best insights.
We hope these DIY chicken coop FAQs help.
Absolutely! You don’t need to be a master builder to build your own chicken coop. You can use materials you already have available, such as a garden shed, a cupboard, or even an old car! With our free chicken coop plans, it’s easy to build the perfect chicken coop.
The simplest chicken pen to build is a wire hoop frame. We also have many other simple chicken pen plans and ideas available, including pallet chicken coops and chicken tractors. Another simple idea is to upcycle – use an old cupboard, car, boat, or anything else you have available!
A 4×8 chicken coop will hold a maximum of 8 chickens. The required size of your coop depends on whether your chickens are confined to the coop at all times, or whether they are given time to free-range as well.
Yes, chickens can stay in the coop all day. Although they prefer adequate free-ranging time every day, if you provide clean water, food, and a clean coop, you can leave them confined.
A 4×4 coop is quite small, so you can’t put too many chickens in there. We recommend a maximum of 4-6 chickens for a 4×4 coop.
Which DIY Chicken Coop Plans Are Your Favorite?
Although commercial chicken coops are often affordable, few are as robust or versatile as the DIY designs listed here.
Whether you need to provide accommodation for a large flock of heavy layers or a snug place for 2-3 chickens, one of the designs listed here should meet your needs.
While some of these coop designs include detailed plans and material lists, others are more open to interpretation so you can use your imagination and innovation to create a unique home for your backyard hens.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a degree in construction, or can barely maintain the hand-eye coordination required to hammer in a nail – you can still create a palatial home for your chickens.
Failing that, you can at least manage to construct a functional coop that will keep your egg production steady and any pesky predators at bay.
It’s probably best to wait until the effects of that glass of wine to wear off before you pick up any power tools, though!
We tried to assemble a massive list of DIY chicken coop plans, so you had endless options.
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