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The Gypsy Chicks

Here is our Gypsy Wagon Coop.  After considering a number of designs, we decided that building one that looked like a Gypsy wagon gave us unlimited exterior design options - nothing was off limits. We contacted Chicken Coop Mansions and gave Matthew our initial design. He built the basic structure, erected it on site and we have tweaking it and painting it ever since. We are still adding to at, shutters are currently being worked on. The coop measures 6'x10' at the base and about 1 foot wider at the top.  The interior ceiling tops out at 8'.  I wanted to be able to... read more

Chill's Chicken Coop

​ We decided to get chickens, earlier this year, and a few weeks ago (early June 2016) I realized it's time to build them a coop to get them out of the garage. I have no prior experience with building anything this complex, but I felt confident I could do it. I didn't have any formal plans, just a basic drawing how how I wanted it to look/function. I basically just made it up as I went.   We don't have a ton of space around our property, but even more importantly, we don't have too many ideal locations. The spot we chose is shaded by sumacs and a poplar in summer, and... read more

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

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