The Dog House Chicken Coop

By dnichols · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. dnichols
    I’ve wanted to get chickens for a while now and my wonderful wife got me six baby Araucana chicks for my birthday. So now I had to figure out a way to house them once they were grown, and not go broke in the process.
    The old dog house with the sides and back cut out.
    I decided to take my dogs old dog house that she never uses and convert it to a chicken coop. I cut the sides and back out.
    Back of the old dog house
    Obviously the dog house by itself would be a little small for the six baby chicks so I made nesting boxes for the sides and back. Essentially double the square footage in the coop.
    Back of the old dog house
    I made the nesting boxes with a hinged roof so I can gather eggs and clean the coop.
    I used plywood that I sealed to protect it from moisture.
    I reinforced the lid with a board that I screwed through to attach the hinges.
    Another shot of the side nesting box. I used the same design for the back nesting box.
    On the inside I’m using a old closet rod for a perch in the new coop.
    This is the mount for the old closet rod that I'm using for a perch.
    I then attached the sides and back.
    This is the dog house with the side boxes attached. I also cut a door for the front.
    This is the back.
    After all this I painted it red.
    This is the final coop. I added 3 tab shingles to the sides and back.
    I still need to finalize the foundation.
    Left side
    This is the back.
    So this is it. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. N F C
    "Amount of Space?"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 23, 2018
    Unless I overlooked the dimensions, this seems to be somewhat small for 6 hens. I can see where it would be helpful for temporary chick housing and I appreciate the idea of reusing the materials you already had on hand.
  2. Cyprus
    "Neat idea!"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jun 29, 2018
    I like the idea of turning a dog house into a chicken coop! One thing to add would be more ventilation, that will be needed. 1 sqft per bird.


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  1. michelle59
    Awesome, a newbie and looking for ideas without bursting the bank:)

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