Introduction: Chicken Coop

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Step 1: Build Frame

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The posts are 4"x4"x6' The box is 3' square and 10' long

Step 2: Add

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Add the wire to the bottom and then all your supports and dividers

Step 3: Nesting Box

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Build your nesting box on one end

Step 4: Doors

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Frame the doors

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Step 7: Finished

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Step 8: Finish

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Put the outside wire on and tin on the roof


Survivalist81 (author)2014-08-18

Kivabell if you would like i can send you instructions on what I did. I built this as I went and just worked each problem as I came up

LindsayF12 (author)Survivalist812017-07-11

Hi there,

I came across your chicken coop design on Instructables but the 8 steps are missing quite a bit of information for me, someone who has limited experience in wood working/carpentry.

Would you be willing to send me a better set of instructions?

You can email me at



dufus2506 (author)2016-04-08

Know why a chicken coop has two doors? Because if it had four doors, it would be a chicken sedan.

Malkaris (author)2016-02-14

I've started a similar design, have you had trouble with the mesh cutting the chicken feet? I've heard wires like that can be painful for the birds.

I'm going with OSB for my walls, but I like the cedar planks, if the paint doesn't last long I'll probably add planking.

camilled made it! (author)2015-06-18

I made this last summer. Took a bit of time. But I have received many compliments on my craftsmanship!

kivabell (author)2014-08-18

I love this coop but so many steps are missing! any chance of updating this with step by step instructions? or does any one know where I can find instructions for a coop this style? im not exactly a handyman...

Survivalist81 (author)2014-06-28

I have 8 hens in my coop

sstein2 (author)2014-06-27

How many hens can you house In this?

Survivalist81 (author)2014-06-08

The coop itself is a 3 foot by 3 foot square. I built the rest to fit what I had

gcherry519 (author)2014-06-08

I love your chicken coop but being a widow I have no one to help me make things. I am pretty handy but the pictures just weren't enough. I would have loved to see each step include neasurements and more detailed instructions on how to put together. I do love the coop and want to make it but without details I unfortunately can not do it. Thank you for the inspiration though.

ddl62798 made it! (author)2014-04-04

I adapted the design for a rabbit hutch. We will add shingles on the roof and paint or add siding as well. So far the rabbits love it and it is working well!

dirtysnake1012 (author)2013-07-17

With only three hens your roster may over breed the small flock and stress them out. A stressed out hen will lay less eggs or none at all. A good ratio is 1:12.

aaronliss (author)2013-07-09

Are you going to build a ramp up to the door?

Survivalist81 (author)aaronliss2013-07-09

I will when I get me a bigger place. I'm going to put wire around the bottom later and fix a ramp

Survivalist81 (author)2013-07-07

I have 14 baby chicks in it right now. I'm only planning on keeping 3 hens and 1 rooster.

MarDet (author)2013-07-07

very nice. how many chickens can you house in this???

SinAmos (author)2013-07-06

I really like this design.

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