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Chicken Coop Design Class

Above is our finished chicken castle… the Coop (with a capital “C” — thank you very much). Made out of scrap wood and spare parts, it was one of the least expensive projects we’ve ever tackled. Watch it go up:

Scrap lumber to make nesting boxes for laying hens

Here the coop is on its back. Josh added side boards to support the nesting boxes.

Chicken wire on the bottom of the nesting boxes

Used an old parts container to make panels

Sweet tea & GRIT Magazine: two items that make farm projects enjoyable!

The boxes and floor are lined made with chicken wire and stapled into a frame

This is an easy solution to a perch… a branch that fell doen in a storm — trimmed to fit

Doors to Nesting Boxes Easy to make and VERY useful!

A large door on both ends makes for easy cleaning and viewing

We like the red barn look — cheerful. Be warned: paint is not cheap. Painting turned out to be the most expensive part of the project.


It is a very cute coop. I like how you made it from scrap wood and painted it red. I like red. It is my favorite color. 😀
  • Valarie Lea - Oooooo what a cute chicken coop!!! They will be very happy chickens. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Applie - Yep, I still like this coop. 🙂 Very sweet and it is still red. LOLReplyCancel

  • Judy - Josh did a good job. Did you know red is my favorite color as well? 🙂


  • Judy - I never wear it, I just like to live around it. LOL


  • Leah - I wouldn’t mind having a Ford Mustang that shade of red… lol

    I like the chicken coop – especially the perch. Mama nature does know best in these matters, doesn’t she? 😉 The chicken coop at the local farm is so different from yours. I will have to try to get pictures of it some time; once I get an external hard drive for storing my pictures. Poor computer is so burdened with files right now, I feel sorry for it! lolReplyCancel

  • Gretchen - Okay, I love your website and I am so glad I found it!ReplyCancel

  • Tipper - It turned out great!! My favorite part-is you used scrap wood.ReplyCancel

  • CrossView - I love it!
    And my woodworking reitred Marine said “He did a good job!”. LOL!
    High praise indeed!ReplyCancel

  • Fishing Guy - Lacy: Very cool post, I liked the way you documented the way it was built.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - Using scraps for projects is really the best. I love the creativity that comes with using scrap products. That is a great coop for your warm climate and would be so much more convenient to make than the one I am working on still. I need to make the nesting boxes next, then insulate the ceiling and put the wood up. Sometimes it feels like I will never be done.

    I love the red colour too. We might get red siding for our house, but it would be a slightly different shade. Good job on the coop and I am sure the chickens love it.ReplyCancel

  • Wardeh at Such Treasures - What a great chicken house! Want to come build us one? I’ll get a copy of Grit and make you some iced tea, I promise!

    Love, WardehReplyCancel

  • Robbyn - I love this, Lacy!! Your ladies will have deluxe accomodations…the red is so snazzy 🙂 The design looks really nice and easy to do; I’ll be showing Jack.

    I love the chicks on your new header…they’re a hoot!

    Love you guys!


  • Cheryl - This is a very neat design and I would love to make one. But I do wonder about the doors/windows in the back. I assume they are covered in wire to allow ventilation, but then do they open to allow access? And can they be covered in cold weather. Just wondering.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Corral - Very nice! Using scrap wood makes it unique. I like that.

    I love your backyard as well. Wish I had the room.

    Very well done. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Stephen Wray - Very nice thanks for the details I will have one soon .thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • Kyly - Hiya, I was wandering round the internet looking for visual inspiration for a coop a friend and I are making out of scrap tomorrow. Kudos on this coop, it is beautiful! And the photos are really useful. I hope your chickens all know how lucky they are. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • janet - what about raccoons getting in from the bottom? We’re really sruggling with raccoons getting in any kind of chicken wire!!!!ReplyCancel

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