Super Frugal Chicken Coop

  1. Sunnysimplelife
    Describe 'Super Frugal Chicken Coop' here
    We didn't want to spend much on our first chicken venture so we made a secure enclosure and then used an old cupboard from the end of some unused bunk beds as the little henhouse. My husband turned it on its side and then used scrap and salvaged pieces to finish it. Literally the whole enclosure cost less than $150. We have to buy another roll of hardware cloth and the cover for shade and rain protection still. We decided to go over the chicken wire with hardware cloth for safety. The bottoms are done but we ran out of the first roll.
    The house portion is basic and because we are in SoCal they will not have to be locked in other than at night to sleep. During the day they can come out of the house and into the run or the backyard for free ranging when I am watching over them.
    We put five vent holes on the sides and top and will add one at the end too I think. Nesting boxes are under in the cubby underneath and one under the ramp. I come in here several times a day so I will check for eggs when I visit them. I lined the bottom with old vinyl flooring from the garage so I can slide it out for a scrubbing. They have 30 inches of head space inside and though high roosts would be ideal they seem to enjoy the logs and climb right on at night. I only have three hens. The cupboard is almost four feet long.



    Don't laugh too hard I know it is sort of ugly but for now they are happy and maybe in the future we will improve on their home but I didn't want to spend a ton of money for first timers in case things didn't work out or we decided this wasn't for us. I don't think that will happen as I love those chickens and chicken keeping. Thanks for looking.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Nardo
    "Very basic"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Aug 9, 2018
    I think this is one of the easiest coop builds I've seen. I like the large vent holes at the top and sides. I know your 3 hens are happy laying in the dark private spaces you provided and I believe they are safe at night when the coop door is closed.


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  1. Sunnysimplelife
    Roxanne we thought of using an old entertainment center in our garage too. We are hanging on to it for when this one wears out or at least for scrap. It is old and all solid pine so good wood too. Good luck. Share with me what you end up doing.
  2. Roxannemc
    The best ones are the creative ones and who says it has to cost a mint to work great?To me the cheaper anyone can go the better.Its for CHICKENS after all...not your in laws!!!They aint complainin'.
    I am eyeing up an old china cabinet that hasnt sold in 3 yard sales for the same thing...But a tractor coop. Worried it could be too heavy though for a tractor.Also saw a BIGGG old tv cabinet at an antique mall for $50 would save a lot of work and heavy wood too .
  3. Lady Ressler
    NO laughing here. This is perfect. I live out on the farm and there are abandoned houses with cupboards just sitting. This will save me tons of time and money. GREAT idea. Thank you!
  4. judyki2004
  5. Krommerod
    I am right now thinking of all the unused IKEA closets and dressers out in the shed that I may try to convert into Chicken Coops... thanks for the inspiration!
  6. Maev
    Looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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