Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Chicken Coop

I mentioned a while back that my husband and I built a chicken coop. As soon as it became functional, I kind of gave up on the rest of it. I still need to do a ton of trim work, another coat of white paint, and add a few pieces of hardware. But it works.

Unlike most coop plans out there, our coop only cost around $300 to build. We didn't want to spend a grand on something that would literally just get crapped on. We used a few tricks to save money like buying stucco netting instead of chicken wire. They are the exact same product but stucco wire is about half the price. We also used particle board instead of MDF, cutting down another $200 dollars or so.

Like I said, it still needs quite a bit of work. But it's functional and my chicks are happy with it so the rest will have to wait for a day I'm bored this summer. Also, if you live in the area and need fresh eggs, I'll have them coming out my ears around Christmas.


  1. Where did you get your design? It looks great!

  2. I would love to see pictures of the rest of your backyard, because that is EXACTLY what I want to do along the side of our yard with a garden/chicken coop. I would love some more ideas for the rest of it!!!!

  3. Yours turned out great. We made ours cheap too, mostly because my husband and son built it and didn't ask for my design advice, so it's not much to look at. But it works, the birds are happy, and we have eggs!