60 Easy DIY Chicken Coop Plans For Backyard Chickens – 100% FREE

chicken coop plans

Chickens are some of the easiest animals to rear at home. All you will need is a good home for them, clean water and adequate food.

While food and water are always simple to plan for and affordable to buy, the coop can be a little challenging.

Purchasing the readymade ones is not only expensive, but it is not easy to find something that suits your needs and the space in your backyard exactly.

However, there is a much better option when it comes to the chicken coop which is making one on your own.

DIY chicken coops are easier to make than you think and will only cost a fraction of what you would spend to buy one.

With a few weekends to spare and some cheap materials, you can build a comfortable chicken coop for your birds.

I have gathered some easy and cheap chicken coop plans to help you build the perfect home for your flock. Check out the ideas below and pick one that you can make.

You can find more than just these free chicken coop plans like plans for chicken feeder, homemade chicken plucker, homemade incubator, chicken waterer, chicken brooder, frame chicken coop, chicken tractor, pallet chicken coop.

Ready for your next project? I keep a list of other free poultry and pet houses too, such as ones that show you how to make a dog house, bird house, guinea pig cage, rabbit hutch, duck house, cat tree.

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1. Under $50 DIY Crib Chicken Coop

Under $50 DIY Crib Chicken Coop
  • Size: 2.5 x 4.5 ft
  • Capacity: 2 to 3 chickens
  • Difficulty: 1/5

Like most other DIY projects you can make a chicken coop by repurposing things you already have at home. This chicken coop plan shows how you can make one from an old crib.

It takes less than $50 to make this chicken coop, and you will not need to do a lot of construction. You will need some chicken wire, paint, and a few hours to spare over the weekend.

This crib size is perfect for individuals with a small brood of free range chicken. Since there is not a lot of construction the pictures and a short description of the project are enough to help you implement it.

2. Upcycled Hen House from an Old Play Set

Upcycled Hen House from an Old Play Set
  • Size: 10 x 5 ft
  • Capacity: 5 chickens 
  • Difficulty: 2/5

A little imagination and some upcycling are all it takes to build this unique and cheap henhouse. It entails converting an old playhouse into a chicken coop, and it is a very cheap plan.

The tutorial provides some pictures and a description of what to do to build the DIY chicken coop. This project should take about one weekend.

Besides from the old playhouse, you will also need some hardware cloth, lots of scrap leftover wood and 2 x 4s.

3. Simple DIY Chicken Poop Coop

Simple DIY Chicken Poop Coop
  • Size: N/A
  • Capacity: 2 to 5 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

This Creative Spotting DIY chicken coop plan provides some inspiration on how you can build a home for your chickens using leftover wood pieces and hardware cloth.

Although the chicken coop plan is not very detailed the few pictures available should give you an idea on what to build. Depending on the availability of material and the size that you want to make, this project should take just one weekend to create at most.

This project is also cheap to implement and should only cost a few dollars in total.

4. DIY Homemade 12x4 Chicken Tractor

DIY Homemade 12x4 Chicken Tractor
  • Size: 12 x 4 ft
  • Capacity: 6 to 10 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3/5

This chicken tractor coop plan from Community Chickens makes use of recycled materials and requires a lot of creativity. It has a unique design but still very functional and safe for the birds.

You will need lots of wood pieces and boards, hardware cloth, cattle panel and a few other materials that you might already have at home. The tutorial provides pictures and a step by step guide for the build.

Depending on the material you have this is still a relatively cheap chicken coop plan. But the design is a little complex, and so it will take longer to implement.

5. The Rustic DIY Chicken Coop Plan

The Rustic DIY Chicken Coop Plan
  • Size: 4 x 4 ft
  • Capacity: 4 chickens
  • Difficulty: 1/5

Here is another simple chicken coop idea that you can implement for less than $50. It uses repurposed, and upcycled material and anyone with basic woodworking skills can make it.

Depending on your woodworking skill level this can take a day or two. And the tutorial provides step by step pictures and instruction to make the construction easy.

For this chicken coop project, you will need a pallet, leftover tin sheet, an old window and some 2 x 4s and 4 x 4 posts.

6. Easy $71 Homemade Chicken Coop

Easy $71 Homemade Chicken Coop
  • Size: 3.5 x 6 ft
  • Capacity: 5 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

This chicken coop design is just basic and hence easy to make. It takes about 18 hours to make from scratch and all at a budget of $71 which is quite cheap for a henhouse.

While it looks simple, it still has all the basics of a chicken coop, and so you can be sure that your birds will be very comfortable.

The build should be easy since the Bless This Mess tutorial provides sufficient description of the project and lots of pictures.

7. Simple Wire Spools Chicken Coop

Simple Wire Spools Chicken Coop
  • Size: N/A
  • Capacity: 2 chickens (bantams)
  • Difficulty: 1/5

This chicken coop has a unique shape, and it also does not take up a lot of space. Although it will only accommodate two chickens, you can build it at almost no cost if you have some wire spools and scrap wood.

The only thing that you might need to buy is a 5-foot roll of wire, but it will cost less than $45.

The simplicity of the design makes this one of my favorite DIY chicken coops, and I am planning to build one for my bantam breeds. If you have all the materials, this should only take a day to finish. And you do not even need a tutorial to figure things out.

8. All Year Round 4 x 4 Chicken Coop

All Year Round 4 x 4 Chicken Coop
  • Size: 4 x 4 ft
  • Capacity: 4 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

If you are looking for a chicken house that will offer your brood all year round comfort, this chicken house plan is for you. It is a 4 x 4 coop that provides 32 square feet of space, and it will accommodate up to 4 birds.

This tutorial from the Backyard Chickens site provides a comprehensive guide on how to make the coop, and it includes plan drawings with dimensions. There are also photos of the actual construction.

What I like most about this chicken coop is that it also includes insulation for the winter.

9. The Church-Shaped Homemade Chicken Coop

The Church-Shaped Homemade Chicken Coop
  • Size: 5 x 2 ft
  • Capacity: 2 to 3 chickens
  • ​Difficulty: 3/5

A chicken coop allows you to get creative with the design. For this one, the idea is to make it look like a church which will require some skills to achieve.

The size and design of this project provide space for 2 to 3 chickens, and you can build it in a few days.

Besides from the wood pieces and boards you also need lots of hardware cloth and paint. The tutorial provides pictures and a description of the project to make it easy for DIYers to replicate.

10. DIY Hotel-Inspired Style Hen House

DIY Hotel-Inspired Style Hen House
  • Size: 6 x 8 ft
  • Capacity: 10 to 12 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3/5

This hotel-inspired chicken coop is just perfect for your brood as it provides adequate space and comfort. The hen house design will require some creativity to implement, and it takes about a weekend to finish.

You will need to repurpose some decking timbers for the base and walls, some 3/4-inch plywood sheets, faux windows, and hardware cloth.

Although the guide does not provide a list of materials, there are pictures of the main stages of construction and enough descriptions to help you figure out everything you need.

11. Modern $400 DIY Chicken Coop

Modern $400 DIY Chicken Coop
  • Size: 3 x 4 ft 
  • Capacity: 3 to 4 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

This DIY chicken coop plan from the Backyard Chickens site is one of my favorites. It is a small hen house for about four birds but with a large pen to give them enough space.

For an experienced woodworker, this should take a maximum of $400 to build, but you will still need to make it over several weekends.

The construction is also not complicated because apart from the timber pieces and 3/4-inch plywood you only need shingles and a lot of hardware cloth. And the tutorial provides numerous pictures to guide you through the entire construction.

12. Small DIY Backyard Chicken Coop

Small DIY Backyard Chicken Coop
  • Size: 6 x 3 ft
  • Capacity: 4 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3/5

Lack of space should never prevent you from rearing some chickens because many designs do not take a lot of space.

This coop plus the run will cost under $500 to build, and it will serve you for many years. However, the design will require at least intermediate woodworking skills to make.

With all the materials you can implement the chicken coop plan in one weekend. But most people will require at least two.

The tutorial provides material and tools lists, the plans and some step by step guide with plenty of photos.

13. Large 7- Step Homemade Chicken Coop

Large 7- Step Homemade Chicken Coop
  • Size: N/A
  • Capacity: More than 12 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3/5

If you want a high-quality chicken coop for your large brood, here is a perfect plan for you. It is a large chicken coop plan that also includes a 40 x 60 run.

Despite the large size, you can make this coop in 7 simple steps, and the tutorial provides pictures and a short description for each.

This tutorial also provides a downloadable chicken coop plan PDF, and there are also some drawings for the basic plans.

14. $1,000 Steadfast Chicken Coop Plan

$1,000 Steadfast Chicken Coop Plan
  • Size: N/A
  • Capacity: 8 to 12 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3/5

If you have an old wooden 'Swing-n-Slide' that your kids no longer use here is an excellent way to put it to good use. This chicken coop plan converts the swing into a large chicken coop that can accommodate up to a dozen birds.

It will take about 2 full weekends to build this chicken coop as it involves a lot of modifications and construction. And it will cost just under $1,000.

Although the Backyard Chickens tutorial does not provide a material list, there are plenty of pictures for the stage by stage construction and enough description of the project.

15. Easy DIY Log Cabin Chicken Coop

Easy DIY Log Cabin Chicken Coop
  • Size: 6 x 6 ft
  • Capacity: 6 to 9 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

With enough time to spare and some inventiveness, you can make an uncommon chicken coop like this one from logs. It only takes one weekend to build, and you will spend about $400.

Apart from the logs you also need nails, chicken wire, roofing panels, screws and some plywood. The construction is also quite straightforward, and the tutorial provides a lot of pictures to guide you.

16. The Permanent Hoop Chicken Coop

The Permanent Hoop Chicken Coop
  • Size: 8 x 8 ft
  • Capacity: 12 to 16 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2.5/5

The curved roof on this chicken coop is one of the features that I like most about it because it means that it will be getting more heat during winter. Also, it is very spacious for the birds.

This chicken coop is more straightforward to build than it looks. And the Backyard Chickens tutorial provides all the information you will need to make it.

There is a complete list of materials with all the dimensions and building instructions with pictures for all the main parts of the chicken house.

17. Easy Medium Size Chicken Coop

Easy Medium Size Chicken Coop
  • Size: 8 x 4 ft
  • Capacity: 8 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

This simple chicken coop plan is for someone with a medium size flock. It does not take a lot of work or financial investment to build but is still very comfortable for the chickens.

With lots of 2 x 4s, 3/4-inch plywood and some 2 x 6 PT framing lumber you will be ready to start off the project. But, there are still many other things that you will need for the project such as some cattle panel.

This tutorial is easy to follow, and it has plenty of pictures and drawings with dimensions to make the chicken coop easy to build.

18. Urban Chicken Coop with Fiber Glass Roofing

Urban Chicken Coop with Fiber Glass Roofing
  • Size: 5 x 10 ft
  • Capacity: 5 to 10 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2.5/5

If you prefer a modern-looking chicken coop, this DIY urban chicken coop plan will impress you. It takes about one weekend to finish, and it can accommodate up to 10 chickens.

The choice of timber for this project and the fiberglass roofing is what gives it the modern appeal. But, these materials also make it a more expensive plan.

Anyone with moderate woodworking skills should be able to implement this project because the tutorial provides a lot of pictures with brief descriptions. And there is also a step by step guide for the build.

19. Free and Easy-to-Build Pallet Hen House

Free and Easy-to-Build Pallet Hen House
  • Size: 11 x 12 ft
  • Capacity: 33 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

Pallets are great for DIY coop projects as they reduce the cost of lumber. This large chicken coop uses free pallets, and it also has a simple design that anyone can make.

The construction requires you to use lots of 2 x 6 and 1 x 6 pieces of the pallet wood, plywood and some roofing material. This henhouse design will take a few days to build.

With the 27-picture tutorial and text description, you should have an easy time making this DIY chicken coop.

20. The Free Pallets Chicken Palace

The Free Pallets Chicken Palace
  • Size: 8 x 16 ft
  • Capacity: 32 chickens
  • Difficulty: 1.5/5

Here is another chicken coop plan that you can make for a large brood, and it also uses free pallets. If you can get the free pallets, it will cost almost nothing to make this hen house.

Although it is a big chicken coop, it is possible to adjust it according to the size of pallets that you have. But, for this particular one, you will need lots of 2 x 4 wood pieces from the pallets.

With the lists of materials, pictures, and descriptions for all the walls, floor, nesting boxes, interior and exterior parts of the DIY chicken coop this is quite an easy plan to implement.

21. Picturesque and Simple DIY Chicken Coop 

Picturesque and Simple DIY Chicken Coop
  • Size: N/A
  • Capacity: 5 to 10 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

I love the choice of colors for this medium chicken coop building plan. These colors will add character to any yard and are also very attention-grabbing.

Besides from the look, the chicken coop plan is also quite straightforward to build, but it will take quite some time to finish and a budget of about $1,500.

This chicken coop makes use of repurposed and scavenged materials to save on the cost. And apart from the timber you also need about 2 feet of hardware cloth.

22. Quick and Easy Homemade Chicken Coop

Quick and Easy Homemade Chicken Coop
  • Size: 4 x 8 ft
  • Capacity: 8 chickens
  • Difficulty: 1/5

Homeowners that do not have a lot of time to spare and enough materials but still want to make something for their chicks this DIY tutorial is an excellent starting point.

You can make this coop in a few hours, and it will also be very cheap. It requires some old 2 x 4s from another project and about four sheets of plywood. The Backyard Chickens tutorial provides some simple instructions and photos on how to make this easy and quick project.

23. Clear Polycarbonate Roofed Medium Chicken Coop Plan

Clear Polycarbonate Roofed Medium Chicken Coop Plan
  • Size: 5 x 10 ft
  • Capacity: 12 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

It takes 2 to 3 weekends to build this 5 x 10-foot chicken coop, but the comfort that it gives your flock and the aesthetic appeal make it worth the extra effort.

This project will use lots of 2 x 4s, MDF boards, and chicken wire. But the polycarbonate panels roofing is what I like most about this project. I also love the fact that the tutorial provides plenty of photos for the construction to guide DIYers.

24. Pretty But Functional DIY Chicken Coop

Pretty But Functional DIY Chicken Coop
  • Size: N/A
  • Capacity: 4 to 6 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

There is no harm in decorating your DIY chicken coop to make it look pretty. For this one, some curtains, flowers and an excellent color combination make all the difference for the decoration.

However, this is still quite a functional chicken coop that will work for both chickens and ducks. And the henhouse only takes a couple of weekends to build with upscaled and leftover materials.

Although the Summery Umbrella article does not provide a comprehensive tutorial, there are some pictures from different angles that will make the chicken coop easy to build.

25. 4x6 DIY Backyard Chicken Coop Plan

4x6 DIY Backyard Chicken Coop Plan
  • Size: 4 x 6 ft
  • Capacity: 5 to 7 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3.5/5

Steamy Kitchen provides these free printable chicken coop plans to make it easy for you to build a home for your flock. Although it is a little hard to create, the comprehensive guide will make things easier.

There are some downloadable sketch plans. You can also get a 32-page PDF guide with the bill of materials and a 3D model to make the construction even simpler.

You will need a couple of weekends to finish the build, but some experienced woodworkers can also finish it in a couple of days.

26. Well-Protected DIY Chicken Coop

Well-Protected DIY Chicken Coop
  • Size: N/A
  • Capacity: 3 to 5 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

This chicken coop does not come with a step by step tutorial, but it is still enough to inspire you on how you can build a cozy coop for your flock.

It entails making a small chicken coop for 3 to 5 birds and then surrounding it with a large chicken wire enclosure. The design is just straightforward, and anyone can implement it.

You will require a lot of chicken wire for the enclosure, but you can make it with leftover pieces as you do not need a lot of timber for this.

27. The Steel A-Frame Chicken Coop

The Steel A-Frame Chicken Coop
  • Size: 6 x 4 ft
  • Capacity: 3 to 6 chickens
  • Difficulty: 1/5

Although wood is the most popular chicken coop material, there are still many others like steel. This portable chicken coop plan uses an old swing set to create a simple home for chickens.

Apart from the swing set you also need some steel for the base, iron sheeting and some mesh. And since you do not need to do much, this is just a one day project.

The cost of the project will depend on the price and availability of the materials in your locality.

28. Converted Dog House to Simple Chicken Coop

Converted Dog House to Simple Chicken Coop
  • Size: 4 x 3 ft
  • Capacity: 3 chickens
  • Difficulty: 1/5

There are many DIY ideas for chicken coops that you can try out, but few are as simple as this one. It is a straightforward project that entails converting an old cedar dog house into a house for about 3 hens.

The tutorial from the Green Garden Girl blog provides a list of materials and photos for building the run and converting the dog house into a DIY chicken coop.

You will need 2 x 2 and 1 x 2 wood pieces and some chicken wire for the run. But this plus buying the old dog house will cost just over $200. The chicken coop should take one or two weekends to make depending on your woodworking skills and material availability.

29. DIY Conversion of Playhouse to Chicken Coop

DIY Conversion of Playhouse to Chicken Coop
  • Size: 5 x 6 ft
  • Capacity: 4 to 6 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

Instead of a tutorial, this Dukes and Duchesses site describes how the playhouse looks when you convert it into a chicken coop. But, for most DIYers, this is enough information to help them replicate it.

There are lots of pictures showcasing the exterior and interior of the chicken coop and also plenty more for the run. With a few weekends to spare, some chicken wire and lots of timber you should be able to implement the DIY chicken coop plan.

As for the cost, it depends on whether you have to buy the playhouse or you already have one. Also, the price of chicken wire and timber will vary from one locality to the other.

30. The Red and White A-Frame Chicken Coop

The Red and White A-Frame Chicken Coop
  • Size: 6 x 8 ft
  • Capacity: 4 chickens
  • Difficulty: 1/5

The red and white shades give this DIY chicken coop a very appealing look. But the A-frame design is also attractive and easy to create.

A chicken coop like this one only takes a day to make. And you will need some hardware cloth, 2 x 4s, 1 x 2 siding and the paints. These items are relatively cheap and hence making the project quite affordable.

For the guide, you get several clear pictures for different steps of the build. The Coop and Home article also describes the essential things you need to do when making the chicken coop.

31. Vintage Oak Chicken Coop

Vintage Oak Chicken Coop
  • Size: 8 x 16 ft
  • Capacity: 32 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3/5

Here is another of my favorite chicken coops and I just love that it is spacious enough for all the birds that most people would wish to have in the backyard.

The chicken coop building plan is also one of the most comprehensive. It comes in a PDF document that includes lists of the tools, building materials, roofing materials and even materials for making the yard.

This large chicken coop plan will require lots of oak timber and other materials like metal sheets, and so you should be ready to spend a significant amount of cash. Also, you will need to spare several weekends for the construction.

32. 32-Square Foot DIY Chicken Coop

32-Square Foot DIY Chicken Coop
  • Size: 4 x 8 ft
  • Capacity: 12 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2.5/5

This DIY chicken coop plan is not the easiest to implement but I still love it, and it is one of my all-time favorite DIY chicken coops. What makes it special is that it is well-ventilated but still warm enough for the chickens and also easy to access.

Apart from listing all the materials that you will need for the construction, The Creative Mom tutorial also provides 3D images of the plan with precise dimensions. They are available in a free downloadable PDF.

This plan will take at least two weekends to implement on a moderate budget.

33. Reclaimed Homemade Wood Chicken Coop

Reclaimed Homemade Wood Chicken Coop
  • Size: 4 x 4 ft
  • Capacity: 4 chickens
  • Difficulty: 1/5

For this simple chicken coop, you will not spend any cash on wood since all of it is reclaimed. And so it is a cheap project that you can implement on a tight budget.

You will also need some chicken wire for the run and some hinges. There is nothing complicated about this DIY project, and so it is possible to finish in just one weekend.

If you are an experienced DIYer the pictures on this tutorial will give you all the details you need to make the chicken coop.

34. Small and Easy Backyard Coop

Small and Easy Backyard Coop
  • Size: 3 x 2 ft
  • Capacity: 2 chickens
  • Difficulty: 1/5

Even if it is your first time building a chicken coop, you will not have any difficulties making this. It has a basic design but is still comfortable enough for a couple of chickens.

Simple Easy DIY designs the chicken coop for an urban setting, and so you will not need a huge backyard to make it. Also, you will only need a few materials that include furring strip board, screws and chicken wire.

This tutorial provides a list of all the materials and step by step guide for the build and some drawings with dimensions for all the sections of the henhouse.

35. Portable PVC Pastured Poultry House

Portable PVC Pastured Poultry House
  • Size: 4 x 4 ft
  • Capacity: 4 chickens
  • Difficulty: 1/5

PVC is an inexpensive material, and it is always an excellent alternative to wood and when it comes to making chicken coops.

This PVC chicken coop will not require you to cut or nail anything, and it only takes a few hours to assemble. It is also one of the cheapest poultry house options.

The PVC Plan site provides different options or styles for this portable henhouse plan. They have a chicken coop free plan downloadable PDF file for three different designs, and they have all the details you will need to make it.

36. Recycled Wood Pallets Chicken Coop

Recycled Wood Pallets Chicken Coop
  • Size: N/A
  • Capacity: 4 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

Wood pallets are one of those things that every DIYer should have at home as there are countless ways to use them. For this project, they help to create a fantastic DIY chicken coop for a small flock.

This easy to build chicken coop will take a few weeks to complete depending on your skills and speed. And apart from the pallets, you will also need milk crates to create nesting boxes and some fencing wires and metal posts to make the run.

The pictures on the tutorial and description will be handy for anyone that wants to try the project.

37. $40 Simple Backyard Chicken Coop

$40 Simple Backyard Chicken Coop
  • Size: 6 x 4 ft
  • Capacity: 3 to 5 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars to buy a chicken coop you can use just $40 to make this one in one weekend.

The Instructables tutorial provides 6 easy steps for the build, and all have some clear pictures and detailed description. And so, even beginner woodworkers can implement this DIY chicken coop project.

This plan will require you to use 2 x 4s, chicken wire, and damaged sidings. The other things that you will need for the project such as shingles you can use reclaimed ones that you can get for free.

38. Small Modern Homemade Chicken Coop

Small Modern Homemade Chicken Coop
  • Size: 4 x 4 ft
  • Capacity: 4 to 6 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2.5/5

This project will require you to use 2 x 2 and 2 x 3s to form a simple square chicken coop. You also need some plywood, chicken wire, and some hinges.

For this chicken coop plan, you will only spend $290 which is still cheaper than buying a readymade one.

It is possible to finish it in one weekend if you are an experienced woodworker. But most people will take about two weekends to make the chicken house and run.

39. Simple $165 Wooden DIY Chicken Tractor

Simple $165 Wooden DIY Chicken Tractor
  • Size: 8 x 6 ft 
  • Capacity: 4 chickens
  • Difficulty: 1.5/5

This chicken tractor is ideal for someone that does not want to keep the birds in one place. It is also a simple chicken coop project that uses standard materials that you can get at your local hardware store.

Fresh Eggs Daily provides pictures and in-depth description of the chicken coop to make it easy to build. But, it is still a simple design with most of the work going into creating the wooden base and PVC arch.

Although there is no list of materials, you can determine everything you need just by looking at the photos and reading the construction guide. The total cost of this project is $165.

40. The 1-Weekend Farm Chicken Coop

The 1-Weekend Farm Chicken Coop
  • Size: 4 x 8 ft
  • Capacity: 8 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3/5

Pictures always make a DIY project easier to implement, and this one has plenty of them for all the construction stages. There are also free downloadable plans that make the project even easier to make.

Since it requires some high-quality timbers, you should be ready to spend some extra dollars if you do not already have a pile in the farm. And with some proper woodworking tools and all the materials, it is possible to make the chicken coop in just one weekend.

41. Cape Cod-Inspired Chicken Coop

Cape Cod-Inspired Chicken Coop
  • Size: N/A
  • Capacity: 4 to 6 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3.5/5

This Cape Cod-inspired chicken coop plan looks very classy and expensive, and it is the most elegant chicken house I have seen in a long time. Although you have to buy the blueprints for $39 it is a small price to pay for this impressive henhouse.

With the plans and your powerful woodworking tools, it is possible to implement the project without any significant challenges. And since you are paying for them you can be sure that they are very detailed and the construction is well-illustrated.

42. Leftover Lumber DIY Chicken Coop

Leftover Lumber DIY Chicken Coop
  • Size: 6 x 4 ft
  • Capacity: 6 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

The ease of access when gathering eggs, watering and feeding chickens is what impresses me most with this chicken coop.

Also, the design is quite compact, and it will not take up a lot of space but is still spacious enough for half a dozen birds.

This plan makes use of leftover lumber, and you can make it at almost zero cost. But, buying similar ones can cost up to $2,000.

The BarnGeek tutorial for making this chicken coop is also very detailed. It provides some lengthy descriptions of all the stages and some accurate drawings with precise dimensions.

43. Large Wood Pallet Chicken Coop

Large Wood Pallet Chicken Coop
  • Size: N/A
  • Capacity: 12 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3/5

For those that prefer to keep a large flock or want their birds to have a lot of space, this chicken coop plan is an excellent pick. It is also quite easy despite its large size.

To make the chicken house you will need some 4 x 8 flat pallets that you can get for free and some pre-treated 4 x 4s for the base.

The tutorial from A Vision to Remember site provides some pictures of different stages of the construction. And if you follow the photos and the text description keenly you can make this chicken coop in one or two weekends.

44. Small Urban Chicken Coop with a Plantar

Small Urban Chicken Coop with a Plantar
  • Size: 3 x 5 ft
  • Capacity: 2 to 3 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2.5/5

You can always trust Ana White to have simple and interesting DIY projects. This particular one is a small chicken coop that has a simple and charming look, and it will look good in any backyard.

This DIY chicken coop plan is also quite cheap as you can get all the material for about $350. Also, it is a relatively quick project that will take between 10 and 20 hours to implement.

For the tutorial, Anna white also provides a downloadable PDF version for more convenience. There is also a link to a step by step guide for the construction and detailed plan drawings with dimensions.

45. The Shed Homemade Chicken Coop

The Shed Homemade Chicken Coop
  • Size: 8 x4 ft
  • Capacity: 8 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

If you want to master how to build chicken coops Ana White's site is an excellent starting point. This particular tutorial showcases how you can make an 8-chicken coop in just 30 hours.

Although this project is ideal for someone with advanced woodworking skills, anyone can still make it with enough effort.

There are some 16-step instructions with 3D SketchUp photos with all the dimensions and the site also lists all the materials and their sizes and all the tools you will need.

46. Homemade Wooden A-Frame Chicken Coop

Homemade Wooden A-Frame Chicken Coop
  • Size: 8 x 5 ft
  • Capacity: 3 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

This wooden A-frame chicken coop plan is perfect for a beginner without a lot of experience in woodworking. You can make it in 5 easy steps and without using a lot of material.

Ana White provides a detailed list of the materials, a cut list and some accurate 3D sketches for all the construction steps.

After gathering all the material and tools, this basic chicken coop plan will only take one weekend to build.

47. DIY 2x3 Chick Brooding Cabinet

DIY 2x3 Chick Brooding Cabinet
  • Size: 2 x 3 ft
  • Capacity: 4 chicks
  • Difficulty: 1.5/5

When making chicken coops, it is always important to think about the chicks because they require even more attention than the hens.

This Ana White tutorial provides a cost-effective and easy-to-build cabinet that will give your chicks the best start to life. It requires you to use 3/4-inch plywood and various other wood pieces such as 1 x 2s and 2 x 2s.

There are shopping and cutting lists on the tutorial to make the job easy. But the step by step instruction with 3D sketches and several pictures will be the most helpful.

48. Spacious Chicken Coop from Pallets

Spacious Chicken Coop from Pallets
  • Size: N/A
  • Capacity: 4 to 6 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

Although it might not look like it, this sturdy chicken coop is a product from pallets. It is a medium size but with a big run to ensure that your chickens get enough space.

Apart from the pallets (which you can get for free) you also need some old hinges, chicken wire, and some metal roofing panels. And so it is still a simple chicken coop to build.

The pictures from different angles and for the interior on the tutorial and the brief description should give you adequate information on how to implement this project.

49. The Modern and Stylish Chicken Condo

The Modern and Stylish Chicken Condo
  • Size: 6 x 4 ft
  • Capacity: 12 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3/5

If looks or aesthetics are one of your top priorities when making a chicken coop, this Trevor Made tutorial is just what you need.

The medium size chicken condo looks fantastic, but it is still functional and comfortable enough for your flock. It uses 4 x 4s for the legs and 2 x 2s for the frame. And you will also need a few sheets of plywood and some metal roofing.

The pictures on this tutorial and the description break the construction into parts to make it easy to understand.

50. DIY Raised Urban Chicken Coop

DIY Raised Urban Chicken Coop
  • Size: 6 x 3 ft
  • Capacity: 5 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3.5/5

This raised chicken coop plan from The Tangled Nest is very beneficial when you do not have a lot of space, or you plan to rear a small flock.

It uses a combination of repurposed and new materials, and it will only cost a few hundred dollars to make. Although the time the DIY project takes will depend on your skills and materials, this is in most cases a 2-weekend project.

Apart from the valuable information on the tutorial and many pictures, there is also a PDF file with the plans that will come in handy.

51. Cheap Chicken Tractor with Pallet Base

Cheap Chicken Tractor with Pallet Base
  • Size: 5 x 5 ft
  • Capacity: 5 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

Pallets are very advantageous when it comes to making chicken coops. For this one, they form the base which is vital for the sturdiness of the tractor.

The 2 x 4 pallet wood pieces are vital for this project, but you also need plywood, 4-inch wood screws, hardware cloth and corrugated sheet for the roof.

What I like about this chicken tractor is that most of the materials are things that DIYers have in the workshop and hence making it cheap.

Also, the amount of detail on the Frugal Chicken tutorial that includes pictures and text description for different aspects of the project makes it very easy.

52. Large and Fancy Urban Chicken House

Large and Fancy Urban Chicken House
  • Size: N/A
  • Capacity: 12 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3.5/5

A fancy chicken house like this one will impress everybody that visits your home. It is a beautiful DIY chicken coop that uses some expensive materials, and it has a very impressive finish.

The DIY chicken coop is quite large, and it will accommodate lots of birds. And the coziness and style make it best suited for pet chickens.

There is no detailed guide on how to make this DIY chicken coop, but if you are a seasoned DIYers, the pictures should give you some inspiration and ideas. But, this is one of those DIY projects that will take several weeks to finish.

53. 7 x 11 Permanent Chicken Coop

7 x 11 Permanent Chicken Coop
  • Size: 7 x 11 ft
  • Capacity: 20 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3/5

With a chicken house like this one, you can always be sure that your flock is safe and comfortable. It is a modern DIY chicken coop that is very spacious and with excellent ventilation.

This plan will require someone with at least intermediate skills to make. Also, you need to invest in some quality lumber and roofing to achieve the same look.

Since this a large chicken coop with several sections and requires a lot measuring, cutting and joining lumber, hardware cloth and roofing it will take several weekends to complete.

54. $400 Tongue and Groove Chicken Coop

$400 Tongue and Groove Chicken Coop
  • Size: 4 x 4 ft
  • Capacity: 4 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3/5

This DIY chicken coop looks large, but it is quite small and will only accommodate about 4 chickens. It uses tongue and groove cedar, and so it will cost up to $400 to build.

The cedar gives it a unique look, and it also means that it will last for many years. There is no construction guide or specific measurement for this hen house design. But, you can always make it according to the materials you have and the size of your flock.

55. The Urban Chicken Cube with Roof Plantings

The Urban Chicken Cube with Roof Plantings
  • Size: N/A
  • Capacity: 2 to 3 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2/5

Space is a big issue in urban areas, but this does not mean you cannot keep a few chickens. This urban cube provides a simple solution for keeping chickens in a limited space.

Despite the small size of the chicken coop, it is still comfortable enough for your birds. And it also includes some plantings on the roof.

You can make this henhouse with some leftover wood pieces and with enough effort you can finish it in one weekend.

56. The Raised and Portable Chicken Tractor

The Raised and Portable Chicken Tractor
  • Size: 5 x 2.5 ft 
  • Capacity: 3 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2.5/5

A small and portable chicken tractor like this is very convenient when you have a few hens that you do not want to keep in one place.

Kerr Center provides a 16-page PDF file for the construction of this chicken coop to ensures that DIYers do not have any difficulties. The PDF has a clear description of the main parts of the project and many pictures.

This chicken house should only take a couple of days to make and is also quite cheap.

57. Easiest Free Chicken Plan

Easiest Free Chicken Plan
  • Size: 8 x 2 ft
  • Capacity: 4 chickens
  • Difficulty: 1/5

It is hard to find chicken coop blueprints that are easier to implement than these. The basic design of this DIY chicken coop plan means anyone can build it.

You can make this henhouse in just a few hours, and you will not require a lot of equipment. But, what will impress most DIYers is that it will cost almost nothing to build.

And despite this being a simple chicken coop project, there are still some printable instructions and a lot of building tips on the tutorial.

58. Home Depot Chicken Coop Plan

Home Depot Chicken Coop Plan
  • Size: 3 x 4 ft 
  • Capacity: 3 to 4 chickens
  • Difficulty: 2.5/5

Home Depot provides some simple and easy to understand instruction on how you can make a cozy coop for your chickens. They include material, tools and cut lists which is all most DIYers need.

You can get all the materials in your local home depot store. Most are quite affordable hence making the chicken coop cheap to build.

And to make the project even easier to understand there is a two-part video on the tutorial.

59. Simple Chicken Coop from a Shed

Simple Chicken Coop from a Shed
  • Size: N/A
  • Capacity: 4 chickens 
  • Difficulty: 1.5/5

This hencoop has a simple design, but it will still work well for your small flock. It entails transforming a shed to a chicken coop using plywood and lots of wood pieces.

The DIY chicken coop plan includes everything from roosting bars to several nesting boxes. And so you can be sure that your birds will be comfortable.

Although there is only a single picture of the project without any dimensions or materials list, it is still enough for inspiration.

60. DIY Geodesic Dome Chicken Coop

DIY Geodesic Dome Chicken Coop
  • Size: 1 meter diameter, 0.5 meter high
  • Capacity: 3 to 4 chickens
  • Difficulty: 3/5

If you are among those DIYers that always want to make unique stuff this DIY chicken coop is worth trying out. It also requires a limited amount of paneling and hence making it quite cheap.

You will need to cut lots of triangles to form the dome, and so there is also a lot of measuring on this project.

With all the pictures on this article, any skilled woodworker can replicate this henhouse design.

Do you have a chicken coop in your backyard? If yes, how did you make it? Did you find the construction difficult? Was it affordable?

Please let us know your thoughts about DIY chicken coops and also feel free to add more ideas in the comments section.