Playhouse Chicken Coop: By Dennis
This coop was designed to satisfy the esthetic requirements of my neighbors who were naturally concerned about living next door to a chicken keeper. Images of Grapes of Wrath surely were conjured. After Backyard Poultry ran an article in their first issue, I began receiving requests for the plans and other how-do information. I then hired a draftsman to put together the drawings.
My 4 large breed hens are enjoying their second winter in it. I was not sure that they would survive the winter without heat or insulations, but the old time chicken raisers were patient with me as I expressed my concerns.
This little makes for a perfect do-it-yourself weekend project. The proto-type of this one measured 4' x 6'. After building the first one, I decided to alter the design and make the coop 4' x 8', as pictured in the photo. With the aid of my son's Boy Scout Troop, we built the coop in couple of days. It is now used at the local community children's garden.