Stevensons Chicken Coop

By Stevenson · Jan 11, 2012 ·
  1. Stevenson
    and so the insanity begins...
    You can follow my progress at

    I was offered this old building that my grandfather built years ago.
    It is approximately 8'x12' in size. The exterior is rough,
    but the interior and roof are in fantastic shape.

    My design concept for how to convert the old shed into a coop. I am not sure I
    have shown enough ventilation. I am sure I will add more, although I am concerned
    about too much to the high winds that we get. Unfortunately the AutoCAD drawing
    didn't copy well to Photoshop, but I think you can get the idea
    Note: I have made several changes to the original design based on comments.

    I am planning on putting in 150' of 6' fence with this configuration. The plan
    is to have 25 chickens, so this design allows 71 sq ft per chicken. Not quite free
    range, but I am hopeful it will cut down on feed cost. Having it open on top leaves
    me vulnerable to hawks, but I am hopeful that I won't have too many problems.

    04/11/2011 - I have almost finished the West side

    4-30-2011 - Built the external nesting boxes today. Things are coming together.
    I still have to finish the east side and do some odds and end on the north, south
    and west sides.

    - 18 Delaware, 4 partridge rock and 3 new hampshire chicks from Paul Harter - hatched on April 10th.
    - 8 Speckled Sussex and 4 Dominique from Itsmyobsession - hatched April 28th
    - 6 Wheaton Ameraucana from HBuehler- hatch date approximately May 15th.
    - 5 Bourbon Red Turkeys from craigslist - hatch date approximately May 22nd
    Please stop by and listen to my brother's band from Nashville, TN
    Manic Bloom -

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Nardo
    "Good refab of an old shed"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 24, 2018
    Good job adding windows and ventilation. Would like to see the inside set up.
  2. 21hens-incharge
    "Nice coop!"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 4, 2018
    The link to the thread works as of the date of this review. There is a lot more information in that thread too.

    Really great use of the structure.
  3. Cyprus
    "Good use of space and decent ventilation"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jun 29, 2018
    I like this design a lot especially with the external nesting boxes as that maximizes internal space. A little suggestion would be to add a sweep-out door to make cleanout easier.


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