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Gusty Acres (remodel)

  • by JLS

  The left side of the coop is where you can enter the coop and/or run. The coop measures 8'x12'. My original layout can be seen under Jls's Chicken Coop "Gusty Acres" in the medium coop section of BYC. I have made many modifications to the original design. This is the front of our coop. All of the windows are covered with hard wire cloth to ensure safety. There is a third window located in the back of the coop which is shaded by the shed roof that is located in the run. Here is the covered portion of the chicken run. This is the right side of our coop.... read more

The Biddie Bordello - A Hoop Coop/Run Combo

As a new chicken owner, and the first time ever living in the country, we can tend to dive in with both feet. Once we decided to finally get chickens, we searched out various coop designs. I kept going back to the hoop coop because it just made sense. The panels make the structure and that sounds SO much easier to deal with than buying lots of wood and taking measurements and all that jazz. Found one I really liked but wanted to make modifications to and shared it with the husband. He was agreeable, so we went and bought the stuff. That's what you do, after all.    We... read more

Monitor Barn Style Coop

This is my second coop build, and I have added some new ideas to improve the coop. I do tend to over build things, but I had a basic idea in my head to design this coop after a classic monitor barn style.  Using the upper roof line to ventilate the coop has worked well. The coop also uses a floor exit to decrease winter drafts here in New England.  My main flock size will be 9 hens and maybe the rooster that was part of the original 12.  We will down size a couple hens and rotate out three every year.  I "may" keep the rooster and see if one of the hens go broody, but he... read more

4 Season Tractor

This tractor is heavy, sturdy, and protected enough it can be used year round. My ducks love it, and chickens would too! It was cost effective at only $150 CAD. It only used 4 4'x8' plywood sheets and 5 20' 2"x4" plywood pieces. Screws, staples, hooks, hinges, and latches were the additional supplies I used, along with hardware cloth and chicken wire. I only sustained two injuries!  Here you can see the front is made for pulling. It has hardware cloth on the bottom half and on the top half has 2 layers of chicken wire. The roof is one layer of chicken wire. The... read more

The Little Farmchick's Coop

Hi! I have moved and built a new coop! Since I now live in the city limits of my town, I wanted only 5-6 hens. My coop is small- 4x8 but will be big enough for them! We will be building the run in a few weeks! Thanks for looking! Kerry read more

Flat pack, removable, store-able chicken tractor/coop

  So, as i am in the military, i need to be able to move house every 1-2 years, sometimes short distances, sometimes abroad. so the need arose for a coop which was easy to transport but also not take up huge amounts of our precious 25 cubic meters of allowance. Plans started forming utilizing the ready supply of pallets i have through work.    On friday (two days ago) i took the car and liberated 7 pallets from various rubbish piles around camp. My plan was simple, to create a coop and run large enough for my two leghorns, to separate them from my two bantams and... read more

The Renaissance - "A" Frame Tractor Coop

    This is the first chicken coop I've ever made. The bottom run is about 6x6 feet square. The challenge was to not spend anything on materials except for screws, hardware cloth, hinges and latches. We just had a workshop built so I used some of the leftover pine wood (1.5" wide strips) for the framing and I used "free" wood from shipping pallets for the back wall, side panels and coop floor. The initial sketch was this:   Get twice as many pallets as you think you will need. A lot of the boards will split or are already split when pulling them from the... read more


Hi everyone I would like to start this post by saying, neither my husband or myself are carpenters of any kind, by any means. That being said, I think we did a pretty dang good job with our little coop! (After many weekends/evenings of frustration and pondering, and a little help) We wanted to save some money by building our own coop instead of purchasing/having someone else build it. Who knows if we actually did save any money, after what seemed like hundreds of trips to home depot..   Our coop is 5'x4' with 3 external nesting boxes about 13" wide/long each Here... read more

Cheryl's Hen House

Hello everyone! My name is Terry. My wife of 32 years, Cheryl is an incredible cook and has always wanted chickens of her own so she can get those beautiful brown fresh eggs. In the spring of 2016 we brought that into reality. We'll start this story with some photos of the finished coop and run. The coop is 9x8. The run is 9x26. My goals for the project were to build something that would be very functional and ascetically pleasing. I wanted to make sure that Cheryl would be able to tend the chickens as easily as possible and that the chickens would be... read more

Virga's Coop Rehab

Coop with a budget of $200 4' x 12' run 4' x 6' elevated coop   My awesome neighbor @armorfirelady found an old coop from a coworker. My wife and I rehabbed the coop. It took us about 6 weekends of work. I thought it was going to be less work, but never underestimate a wood work project :) The coop was built with scraps and needed reinforcement. Here we removed all the old wire, staples and the bad wood, I reused the old wire to make cages around my plants. Home Depot and Lowe's have discounted lumber piles. As you can see the 2x4 I bought to replace the old... read more

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