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Written by Carole

It seems that some of our readers have been busy building their own chicken coops.  Samantha, aka Ed, emailed me and sent over a picture of the coop design she built herself.
Homemade chicken coop
Here are the comments Samantha wrote in her email:

Well, here is a picture of my ugly coop. In my defense it was completely built out of scrap and I am NOT adept at using power tools, but I did it myself with NO help from my husband. My brother helped me nail the roof on because at 5’2 I can only reach so far.

Looks great to me! At least she can claim to have built it. I didn’t even have a hand in getting mine built except for maybe to help hold up pieces of wood while my husband nailed and hammered.

I love the little door mat and her chairs outside of her chicken house. Do you put yours to bed like I do? Yes, I have to help Jethro up on the roost because he is so big and clumsy and can’t get up there by himself.

Baby chicks to roostThis past week in the evening I take my glass of wine and chair and go sit under the tree waiting for my chickens to go back in their coop. Jethro is always the last to go in. After he makes his way in I corner him up and carry him to the roost and balance him on it. If my husband was home I would have him take a picture of me doing it. Jethro doesn’t even fight me much anymore. I think he waits until almost dark to go to bed knowing I am going to help him :).

I have to admit I am enjoying this 30 minutes or so that I spend out there in the evening. The little chicks come and scratch at my feet, wild birds fly over heading back to their nest, and it is usually very quiet and calming…that is until I have to pick Jethro up. But it doesn’t take long until the chickens quiet down but by this time it is dark and my wine is gone and I am ready to go to bed with the chickens.

By the picture of Samantha’s coop maybe she is enjoying her evenings out there with her chickens at the chicken coop.  If you’re reading this and haven’t took the plunge to start keeping chickens yet well maybe this will give you an idea of how calming it can be, at certain times that is.

Thanks Samantha for sharing your first building chicken coop experience. If there are any others that have chicken coops to share, send them over.  Your experience gives others ideas.


7 Responses to “Keeping Chickens and Building Chicken Coops”

  1. Hi, my name is preston abraham and i have a really small pen for my 2 ducks and 3 chickens i really won’t more but I need an idea on how to build a new pen.


  2. Preston, Don’t let creativeness stop you. There are a ton of books available with plans if you want to start from scratch. Or if you want to modify your present coop then draw out how you think you want and just try. Don’t let indecision stop you. The only wrong way is when you do nothing. It is all trial and error.


  3. Absolutely brilliant! I love it and the “olympic-sized swimming pool”. I only hope my coop looks at good!


  4. Love the web site…
    My husband and I had an old homemade camper van we weren’t using, with a topper on it. we pulled it down to where we wanted it. We set the van on old car hoods, so it wouldn’t sink into the ground. Bolted metal plates over the wheel openings on the passengers side, then tore everything out of the van except the sink cabnets.(We left them to make nests) This is our coop. We put several old steel wheels in for nests also, wood poles for them to roost on. They love it!
    Next we built an aviary out of 3/4” pvc pipe from the hardware store (cheap) put two 3/4” pvc pipes together, bent them in an arch, the ends are connected to rods drove in the ground about 2′ (this is the run it measures around 15x24ft).We then wove the chicken wire over it top and sides and one end,(nothing can get into the hens, AT ALL!)
    Finished by ponding metal plates on the ground all around so nothing can dig or tunnel under the run.

    The van (coop) already had screen windows, so easy open and close. We then put strong exspanned steel over the outside of the windows (bolted them right to the van) We can roll the door windows up and down, when it’s hot or cold. The passenger door and the side doors open for easy ventilation. they are on the run side

    We enter through the driver’s door. Plan on putting a gate in on the end later.

    “Here’s hoping your chickens are happy”


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  6. I’m sorry to hear about her losses. Some areas are just not well suetid to free ranging chickens, but if she can narrow down the predator, it may be possible to range “part-time”For example, hawks are daytime predators, where many attackers strike only under darkness of night.Foxes, wolves and coyotes tend to take the whole bird, often leaving no trace behind, but raccoons often remove the head or eat just the “good parts”.Weasels and dogs kill for sport and will frequently leave whole carcasses behind. Unfortunately, predators are an ugly fact of free ranging, but if you can determine your attacker is nocturnal, chickens may still be allowed to range during the day and locked in at dusk.In the meantime, a tractor or run may be the safest option.Good luck, and keep us posted!



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