A shed to coop conversion including sketches, design criteria, list of features and approximate build cost.
By DobieLover · Jul 25, 2019 · ·
  1. DobieLover
    This is a VERY long, PICTURE HEAVY coop build article. Brew a pot of coffee, get comfy and enjoy (I hope!)
    Less than one year into my life with chickens I became one of those people.

    You know who I'm talking about. The people who swear up one wall and down another that they will never have more than 10 chickens. Ever. And just a few short months later they are stricken with a severe case of Chicken Addiction, a malady with no known cure. This is then compounded by a secondary infection of Chicken Mathitis Extremus. Oh my.

    Yep. That's me. So what's a girl to do when her chicken accommodations can only comfortably house 11 birds? Why she commandeers the 8' x 16' cosmetically challenged shed stuffed to the rafters with a bunch of junk, that's what!

    This lovely, albeit quite stinky, structure is destined for greater things.

    This side faces the road (north) - that is some sexy paint job, no?!

    This side faces our backyard (west).

    This is the rear of the building (south facing but shaded by the woods approximately 18' away).

    And the east facing side.

    What a diamond in the rough!

    A little work to clean this out.

    No problem with all these little elves to help.

    Now, what do I need to convert this shed into my new coop?

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    About Author

    Animal lover and Doberman addict, health and fitness enthusiast, former runner now hiker, once equestrian and showed Western, Chemical Engineer by training and occupation, House Flipper at heart, unhappily retired from it :(. I eat a Paleo diet which led me to wanting chickens for fresh, healthy eggs. After acquiring my flock, I quickly realized that they play a huge roll in stress management.
    I love taking neglected houses and renovating them into someone's home! It is the most rewarding work I've ever done and I loved every aspect of it. So, because I can no longer flip houses, I decided to flip a shed into a coop for me and the chickens!

Recent User Reviews

  1. ethbarry
    "Simply love this great article"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Aug 24, 2019
    So well done, both the article and the coop. You gotta admire this person. The end result is amazing. And in my favorite color too, this coop. Amazing work.
    DobieLover likes this.
    1. DobieLover
      Thank you so much for the review! You'd like my house then. I matched the coop color to my siding color.
  2. SparrowFlight
    "Fantastic article!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Aug 11, 2019
    DobieLover likes this.
    1. DobieLover
      Thank you for taking the time to read it and posting a review!
  3. mesalina87
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Aug 10, 2019
    This is great: from the pictures to the story that went with it. Happy Chickening :)
    DobieLover likes this.
    1. DobieLover
      Thank you!


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  1. WiseSquirrel
    This looks incredible. beautiful work.
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    1. DobieLover
      Thank you.
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  2. N F C
    Wow Dobie, it's all turned out even better than I was gathering from the Cafe updates!
      Chick-N-Fun and DobieLover like this.
    1. DobieLover
      Thanks! I think so too! I really enjoy it.
  3. N F C
    :pop Oooh, a serial story!
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    1. DobieLover
      Did you brew another pot of coffee!!?? Woman, you're going to need it!
      Clucker Mama and N F C like this.

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