Sunnychickens Dutch Hen House Chicken Coop

By sunnychicken · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. sunnychicken
    Dutch Hen House
    During our search for the right hen house, we were invited to the home of Dr. D.S. Smith of Hillsborough, California to see the coop he had built and the chickens living in it. The moment my wife and I saw his coop, we knew immediately this was the coop for us. With a footprint of 36 inches x 90 inches, it was compact enough to fit nicely in our small, urban backyard, yet was very functional and large enough for the 3 hens we were planning on. The material list and construction are simple. We especially liked the efficient design that uses full sheets of plywood, with most of the cutout areas utilized for internal walls, floor, nest box and ramp, resulting in very little waste. Using all new materials, the henhouse cost about $200 to build, but could cost a lot less with salvaged plywood, etc.

    [FONT=times new roman,times]Our 3 hens are now 5 months old and doing beautifully in the henhouse. Our two golden sex-linked started laying at 18 and 20 weeks, and our golden-laced wyandotte just started recently at 24 weeks. We're enjoying 3 eggs a day most of the time, almost always found in just one of the two nest boxes - we've seen them waiting in line while the other nest box stands empty! Recently, however, we opened the door to find chickens in both nest boxes. We know there are raccoons in our neighborhood but we've had no problems at all.[/FONT]​


    Dr. Smith told me that this design originated in the Netherlands and that he found it on the internet some years ago. Alas, that site can no longer be found on the web, but recently a viewer named Tom told me the name of the originator, which he found on the web. So I'm happy to finally give credit to Joke Osinga, who originally posted this design on the internet. Thank you for a great henhouse!​


    Dr. Smith gave me the basic instructions and schematic drawings, but I found the plans rather difficult to follow, despite having a lot of experience in building things. So I decided to use my drafting skills to create more detailed drawings and step-by-step instructions so that even someone who has never built anything before would be able to build this henhouse. I also made several small modifications to improve the original design.
    For a small fee, I'd be happy to provide you with 8 pages of detailed scale drawings, along with 16 pages of step-by-step instructions that include a list of materials and the tools you'll need, as well as lots of pictures showing the individual steps. Please note that this is a single-walled, uninsulated coop. If you live in an extremely cold climate, you may want to modify the roost area to make it double-walled or insulated.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. N F C
    "Dutch Coop"
    1/5, 1 out of 5, reviewed Jan 25, 2019
    It would have been helpful if step-by-step narrative and photos had been included in the article.
  2. Nardo
    "Small and simple coop"
    1/5, 1 out of 5, reviewed Jul 18, 2018
    This seems easy to build and if one wants to pay for instructions, then the link is provided. As far as a helpful article outlining plans, how to pictures, dimensions and drawing of a coop build, this isn't it.
  3. 21hens-incharge
    "Not very practical"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jun 28, 2018
    Perhaps a few modifications would make this more usable.
    Plywood exposed to the elements degrades quickly. Are there vents?


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  1. sunnychicken
    We are so glad to see pictures of coops folks have built from our plans! Thanks to Daniel and everyone else for posting them! Ken and Judith
  2. ARod0108
    That is a very nice coop!
  3. Bbeatie
    Does any one have plans that I can purchase?
  4. Daniel83Wolz
    We built this coop and our chicks are loving it. I added some perches in the fenced in area so they had to option to roost outside as well. Great plans that were easy to follow and build.

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