A Playhouse Coop - Small Coop For Really Cheap

What a small, cheap, easy coop looks like and how it can be used!
By Dawnclucks22 · Jan 9, 2018 · ·
  1. Dawnclucks22
    Staff note: We’ve been trying to find a way to restore the missing pics to this article but haven’t had any luck. Hopefully the author will be able to help us get the pics loaded back up!

    (This wasn't my original idea. My mom found it on the internet somewhere and we executed it. I would cite the page if I could, but I'll just give a run-through of what these are.)

    This is my coop.

    It is what it looks like: we modified a playhouse on craigslist and turned it into a coop. It's perfect for a small flock of 2-3 standards when used as we use it. Our chickens run around the rest of our backyard every day, and this is just where they sleep. If you have a lot of predators in your area or don't want to free-range, you can always attach a run to it if you like.

    (Gah... Sorry about the blur.)

    Not only does it has a whimsical, cozy kind of feel to it, but the windows and door are easy to close at night. The door has a latch on it as you can see in the photo, and a tug alone can't open it.


    Inside there's a nest box and two roosts, located to the left. In this photo I have closed the windows because of a rainy day (another use for those windows!). The feeder and waterer are located outside.

    A view through the window.

    The two roosts.

    Some Pros:
    When attaching chicken wire or cutting holes, the material is quite easy to push through if you do it at the right angle.
    It looks cute and fitting in any kind of backyard.
    It is dirt cheap and easy to do if you're afraid of buying a "real" coop.

    Some Cons:
    The color fades easily and dark colors are best. This house used to be yellow.
    It can accommodate only a handful of chickens and cannot be used as living quarters, but only for roosting and laying.
    If you have a bully bird, the roosts are close enough that a lower bird could be picked on at night.

    I hope this article helped you and/or you enjoyed seeing my coop. Happy chickening!

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    About Author

    Dawnclucks22 is a chickeneer who lives in the city, tending to her small flock and going on about 4 years of chickening now. She loves sharing her love and her knowledge of these wonderful birds with friends and strangers alike.
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  1. MROO
    "PLEASE get those pics back!"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 17, 2018
    I saw this article earlier and wish I had reviewed it, then. I remember it distinctly because my own coop is a redone playhouse, as well. This was a really cute idea. Please try to get the pictures back!
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  2. Nardo
    "Good planning"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 9, 2018
    Sounds good; wish the pictures could be recovered


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  1. Soon2BChixMom
    Oh shoot, why don't your pictures show up for me. :(
    Do you have any issues with rain?
    1. Dawnclucks22
      The windows close during rain or night. A little gets in, but not enough to bother them.
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  2. N F C
    It's always fun to see how someone repurposes materials!
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