Hennebunkport Coop Design

The coop was designed to house 6-8 chickens and was created from hours of pouring over BYC coop plans. We wanted a structure that would look at...
By OutdoorFun4 · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. OutdoorFun4

    This simple design was created last winter from hours of pouring over BYC coop plans. We wanted a structure that would look at home in our part of the country and had conversion potential if this chicken experiment went off the tracks.
    The coop was designed to house 6-8 chickens.
    As you can see my first plans are pretty rough. However, these are the basic measurements. We needed to play around with the framing for the windows and doors but the details listed below are accurate.

    It is a 6x6 structure with 5'-6" high walls. The peak of the roof is 2' from the top of the wall.
    Rough openings for doors:
    The Front Man Door - 32"X59"
    Rear Vent Window - 32"x32"
    Egg Door - 48"x 16"
    Run Door - 16"X16"


    After a some failed attempts to find small used windows locally, I ordered vinyl shed windows on e-bay.

    2 - 21"x14" - These are over the egg door
    1 - 18"X 27" - I placed this window as a casement when I discovered it would interfere with the run. (It was then that I wished I had better plans!)
    The Nest Boxes:
    I used 16"x16" boxes.

    .The plan was a 4' long box with dividers 16" on center. They are also 16" deep

    The Run:

    4x4 base
    Hardware Cloth attached with Fender Washers and Screws and 1" Crown Staples
    Hardware Cloth was buried 16" down to deter digging predators.
    3- 4" of Sand cover the ground
    Roosts help add space and increase activity.

    We used 2nd clear cedar shakes and treated them with bleaching oil. They should age to a classic gray.

    The rear of the coop has a 32"X32" door that is opened whenever the weather allows. It is screened with hardware cloth and closed at night.

    In addition, each gable end has a 12"x12" wooden louvered vent. (Home Depot) These are also protected with hardware cloth.
    Odds and Ends:
    We did insulate.

    No electricity - No lights - No heat
    What we would/might change:
    We would have designed the run to be covered for snow/rain and provide some shade. We are currently looking at metal and PVC roofing.

    What we learned:
    We let our chickens free range during the day. They spend very little time in the coop and run. We should have spent more of our budget protecting the gardens! Next year... we will share our fencing strategy!!

    We want to say "Thank You!" to the following:

      • All you BYC Members for the great advice and patience.
      • Buff Hooligan and CityChook... they shared their experience unselfishly and their coops were our inspiration.
      • Our family and friends that pitched in at every opportunity!
    If we can do this ...you can! Go grab a hammer!

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    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Mar 20, 2019
    Beautiful coop!
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    This is the coop that I had saved for 4 years to build on our homestead. Unfortunately we bought a tuffshed but this was my idea of a coop!


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  1. Acornewell
    I love everything about this coop!!!
  2. tlsandm
    Absolutely gorgeous and inspiring. Thank you!
  3. Butterprint
    I love the shake shingle siding! Very lovely coop.
  4. Ms Jellybean
    Very cute. I am thinking of doing a Texas version of this (bigger windows, more vents and no insulation). Thanks for sharing. :)
  5. Teacherpea
    I love it! We're in the middle of ours, and you give us some great ideas!
  6. ducklingsweety
    do you think that you can add on to make it fit 10-15 hens
  7. PNWGirl
    Lovely and looks like part of the landscape. Thank you for sharing, you gave me some ideas for mine!
    Sheila :)
  8. Groo
    Thank you so much for posting these plans! I've been searching on the 'Net for days looking for just the right coop, and you nailed it! I am planning to build your coop this fall, getting ready for six or right banties next spring. I grew up in Kennebunkport so this coop was meant to be for me (I still live in Maine...some north of K-port).
    Can you please tell me what kind of banties you got that you consider hardy in Maine? I can't seem to get a straight answer on that question.
    Thank you so much again. You have been most helpful and inspirational to my chicken efforts!
  9. HenryD
    Have you considered a slanting roof over the run made of corregated fiberglass panels. Have the panels start just under the eaves of the coop and sloap down to a nailing strip at the end of the run. Have the panels overhang the run 12 " on the side and 6" at the end. The corregations will help channel the water off the end of the run. The color & opaqueness of the chosen panels will determine the amount of shade. They are available from an almost clear to fairly dark semi-opaque colors. Corregate tin panels could also be used. Look at thegardencoop.com for an example of the covering (The Garden Ark portable coop has a good piuc of the type of covering I am suggesting.) Hope this helps as an idea to roof the run.
  10. Gopherman
  11. nono
    We're using your coop design as our inspiration. We're New Englander's too, and feel yours definitely will give us the aesthetic and functionality we were looking for. Hoping to start within the next couple of weeks. :) Thanks for sharing your information.
  12. adelore
    love your coop. we live in michigan. I have a barn style shed that I'm making into a chicken coop. I already have a human door and windows. I just need to figure how to set it up inside.
  13. MrsSerfesME
    This is great, I am looking at different ideas of for chicken coops and runs as, like you, I would like it to look attractive in our yard and with the surrounding area we leave in. This is a great and it's an adorable coop!
  14. OutdoorFun4
    It's a tinted weatherproof varnish.
  15. billyb
    Also, what kind of paint did you use, to paint your human door and the nest boxes door on the coop??
  16. billyb
    I like the (A) shape perches made out of tree branches!
  17. OutdoorFun4
    OK... my apologies. I certainly don't log-on enough if the new format is new to me!
    Thanks for the kind words! My family and I enjoy the coop everyday! As a matter of fact it was a big cleaning day yesterday taking advantage of the warm weather.
    The answers to the questions:
    1. It cost about $1500. You can certainly change the plans and do it for less. Love the egg door! The only change I would make would be to cover the 1st half of the run.
    2. Yes , We are Mainers! Chickens are fine without heat even in the coldest months. Make sure you get winter hardy breeds. Keep them sheltered and well feed and watered. They will do just fine. When people tell me I should add heat - I try to point out that chickadees, crows, turkeys, nuthatches, titmice(?), grouse, and owls all live in our neighborhood without a heater.
    3. I wish I had a list of the materials and parts. The cost of the coop doesn't take into account my countless trips to the hardware store!
  18. Grateful Dad
    nice design and construction.
  19. Caperose
    I love your coop. My chicks are ordered, will arrive the end of April. I am very interested in building your coop - I see others have asked you for more details, if you already have answered - could you drop me the email also. I would like to start on this soon, the weather seems to be nice for a few days here in MA. Thanks so much - you did a great job!
  20. Fundy63
    I love this chicken coop. We are planning on building one in the next month or so but I do not see any detailed plans of what materials were purchased and costs. Can you email me a list of parts, ie: hinges, screws, nails 2x4 etc so I can get a rough idea of what will need to be purchased. Thanks so much for your time.
  21. fatharley
    Hennebunkport? From Maine? If so, how are the girls doing with insulation only? I live in Central Maine and we are getting our first round of chicks in a couple months. These are great plans - I may borrow from them as I get to work on our coop next month.
  22. threlkeld
    i love this!! can you give me an estimate of material costs? anything else you'd add or change now?

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