Our first chicken coop was a converted wooden kids playhouse. We insulated it, put up paneling, and installed electrical. It was awesome! When we moved, we gave it to a friend with our chickens.
The problem is, once you have chickens, they are hard not to have. Their personalities are great, and they leave you little presents (eggs). Which BTW, taste unbelievable! So…. It was time to have chickens again, but we now live in a subdivision...
My chicken coop could NOT look like a chicken coop!
I needed a coop that would be:
aesthetically pleasing, to try and not aggravate the neighbors
not too big and not too small...
easy to clean
able to walk into to clean, hang heat lamps, fix chicken doors, whatever… (The ones raised off of the ground, you can’t get into them to do anything…)
tall enough, so you don’t keep hitting your head
not complicated to build
available in DIY plans with instructions. I COULDN’T FIND THIS
I COULDN’T FIND ANY DIY PLANS for a coop with this criterion!
The plans either assumed you knew how to build a coop, or the coops looked horrible, or the coops were not functional.
I enlisted a friend who was a licensed carpenter (his business builds large custom homes) to help build our coop! It ended up perfect! It met all of my criteria. :-D
Because I could not find anything online to help me, I decided to publish plans with instructions on how we built our coop. They assume someone has woodworking skills but it guides them through the steps.
Hopefully, you find these plans useful. We enjoyed building ours, and the girls love it too!
Comfy Coops LLC