I spent $50 on add-ons and less than $10 on the actual coop... Basically, with a handsaw, drill and some free pallets, I managed to bump together a house for my new kiddles. Ignore the piece of wood leaning there. It’s covered in art work by my 10 year old sister. I was worried that, if I did it, then you’d all laugh at me, so I let a child do it.
I spent my $50 on: 2x padlocks + 2x hooks + 2x hinges + a wooden plaque for above the door + the rest was on PVC piping and adhesive.
The side wall is removable, so that I can clean it out. It’s attached via padlocks, it my own poor way. I used guttering and compost, then planted some peppermint and oregano. Hopefully they’ll boof out and add some insulation, as well as ‘erbs.
I made a little ladder for walking up into the coop. More free wood. I have noticed that this ladder is way too small for their feets, and therefore have since added thicker wood for big feet.
I nailed up some pots. I’ll add flowers once it warms a little. The front there is a little bit open with chicken wire covering the gap. I’m hoping that this will keep the coop cool in the Summer by allowing some airflow.
My sister and I collected some branches from the bush that had been burned in a fire. So they were dead. I nailed them down and yay, we have some roosts!
Where your chickens sleep is an important factor to consider. Especially because I like to imagine chickens as little old ladies that love their creature comforts. I imagine them going to bed at night and sitting together for some gossip and knitting. They make sweet hushed sounds at night, sounding like gossip gossip gossip.