A shed to coop conversion including sketches, design criteria, list of features and approximate build cost.
By DobieLover · Jul 25, 2019 · ·
  1. DobieLover


    I hit the BYC Coop Articles pages and perused through lots and lots of coop designs. We have some seriously creative and talented folks here at BYC. I read some very cool stuff and saw absolutely jaw dropping designs. But I'm stuck with what I've got and money IS an object and so I must make the best use of it.

    I must give a huge "thank you" to @aart for much of my inspiration. Her coop article was oft visited when making my sketches and decisions.

    This is the best I've got for my blueprint. Please don't laugh so hard that you spit your coffee on your computer screen when you look at it. :hmm


    A few notes about why I made the choices I did for various aspects of the coop:

    Roosts: all at the same height. Chickens can be brutal at roost time. If all the roosts are the same height, there will be no preference there. However, I'm certain roost positions in front of windows year round will be prime spots.

    Poop boards: made with 2" high lips to retain sand/PDZ mixture. Flat boards without a lip for retention will surely end up the contents strewn far and wide as the chickens are jockeying for roost positions in the evening.

    Nest box: I went with a community style very deep nest box. I will ultimately have 24 layers. My largest girl is Draco, my Delaware. My old nest boxes were 12x12x12. Draco's tail was always a little tatty from rubbing against the back of the box. The smaller depth left little room for a deep cushy nest which the chickens enjoy. Why community instead of divided? I think more chickens will fit in the community box. We'll have to see how this all works out when the pullets coming down the pike start laying...

    Clean out doors: These doors lock from the inside on the top and bottom. I ultimately ended up barrel bolting them tight to the frame so nothing can squeeze in. They cannot be opened from the outside unless unlocked on the inside. This serves for security as well as an emergency escape hatch if one accidentally gets locked in the coop. I will not mention the manner in which I may someday find myself in such a situation. It is a real possibility.

    Cost estimate: I put about $2500 total into this project. I saved some money be recycling my old run but I didn't skimp on materials. I bought three 4'x50' rolls of galvanized 1/2" hardware cloth from Amazon. I could not find it cheaper anywhere else. I also recycled some of the HC and hardware from the old run.

    The Coop Cams: I will mention them here. I purchased 6 Wyze coop cameras based on a thread posted by @Sue Gremlin. The cameras cost less than $100 total. You will see many stills I took from these cameras. They are awesome. Thanks Sue!

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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. Bigbluefrog
    "Nice job!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Oct 8, 2019
    i love the design!

    Wow that is one whopper of a coop and run!

    Thanks for sharing! You must have great woodworking skills.
    DobieLover likes this.
    1. DobieLover
      My woodworking skills are far from great but still enjoy doing the work. Thanks for taking the time to read the article.
  2. MROO
    "Wow! Long ... but WELL Worth the Time to Read"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Oct 8, 2019
    Holy Cow! I'ma gonna start some upgrades, now. Thanks for the inspiration ... and the motivation!
    DobieLover likes this.
    1. DobieLover
      Yes, but I at least get points for the warning at the beginning of the article...
  3. Major_in_MS
    "Glad I read this before I started building my coop"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Oct 8, 2019
    So many good things to think about in your article and coop. I'll have to give my coop plans a little redesign now to incorporate some of your features.
    DobieLover likes this.
    1. DobieLover
      Thank you so much for the review! I'm really glad this article was able to help you build a better coop.


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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!
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    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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