Chicken Coop Plans
If you're considering building your own chicken coop, it's probably a pretty good idea to have a set of plans or a blueprint to work from unless you just happen to have an old shed sitting there that you can throw some chicken wire around the back of for a run and call it done (I actually like the whole rustic feel of the one in the picture).
I say this from experience from having been a general contractor in my other life.
There are certain adages that just can't be ignored. Among them, my two favorites are: "Plan your work and work your plan" and "Measure twice, Cut Once"
You just can't go wrong with this kind of advice, especially if you actually follow it.
Oh yeah, there is a great third piece of advice that you absolutely must follow.
Always, always use common sense, pay attention and use appropriate safety gear and precautions whenever using tools, especially power tools!
I've built a few chicken coops from plans that me and a friend came up with, but I want to be honest and let you know that I've never built any of these that we're showing you chicken coop plans for.
I also need to let you know that we have an affiliate relationship with the first two companies listed (plans for purchase). That means that we will get paid if you buy something from them. Of course I really like both of these companies or they wouldn't be listed!
Plans for Purchase
This first company, ChickenCoopGuides offers 19 different sets of poultry coop plans to choose from along with a whole bunch of other goodies at an affordable price.
The next company Catawba ConvertiCoops offers a single chicken coop design, but it is pretty cool.
These are all plans from different sources. Many of them offer free printable chicken coop plans, one of them offers printable chicken coop plans for a small fee. We've included the link for each so you can check them out.
You'll have to decide for yourself whether or not any of these designs will meet your needs.
If you're not sure, you can go back to the chicken coop page and follow the links about chicken coops to confirm that whatever chicken coop design you choose has the features that you want and need for your flock and that you have the necessary skills required for each application.
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I'll keep searching for free chicken coop plans that seem well thought out. As I find them or our readers submit them, I will post them for you. For now this is what I have found, so here ya go.
Free Plan #1
This first one is from Purina, the maker of pet foods. It holds up to 8 normal size chickens or up to 12 bantams and has a printable copy which is always helpful.
I mostly like it, it has good features and an external nest box. I'd probably go with the roofing shingles vs. the corrugated roof, but overall it seems good. You can get the hen house styled Purina Plans here.
Free Pan #2
This next one is kind of cool. It's from BrainGarage.com and is designed to look like a hen house with wheels which makes it function like a chicken tractor.
I actually have a picture of a similar one on my page: chicken coop types, large and portable. The chicken coop plans are incomplete as far as the trim and wheel portion, but if you're fairly handy, you should be able to trim it out and add the axles and wheels without too much difficulty.
As a side note, he talks about a "dado" this is a type of blade usually used on a radial saw or a table saw to make grooves. You can accomplish the same thing only slower with a table mounted router. Here are the Free Plans from BrainGarage.
Free Plan #3
These Plans are from BuildEazy.com, I really like this site and highly recommend them if you're wanting to improve your skills or your looking for other types of plans.
These plans may be a little more ambitious than the average do-it-yourselfer would feel comfortable with, but it is a really nice coop. The plans are all there and free if you go page by page.
They also have an option where you can download the plans as a complete all in one set as a PDF for only $5.00 USD. You can see the plans for the BuildEazy Chicken Coop Here.
Free Plan #4
Up next is The Portable Chicken Mini-Coop Plan from Mother Earth News. This chicken coop design really caught my attention because they estimate the total material cost at around $100.00 which is pretty affordable as chicken coops go.
I'm sure some of the features of the more expensive coops are missing like an externally accessible nest box (you take off the roof to access inside the coop and change the bedding), but you can't beat the price and it seems like all the necessities like perches, nesting box and secure run are there.
It's affordable, easily moved, secure, and is designed for 3 to 4 chickens. Personally, I really like the concept, especially for beginners. Here ya go, the plans for the Portable Chicken Mini-Coop from Mother Earth News.
Free Plan #5
This set of plans is for a 4' x 8' coop from Downeast Thunder Farms which is actually up in Maine. I really love what these guys are doing.
They've started a small family farm to raise their own poultry and vegetables (we wish everyone could) and they're sharing their experiences with the rest of us which I think is great.
The plans are ambitious and more like a construction project. You'll need to actually know how to read plans to build this one, but it's very cool.
You can check them out at Downeast Thunder Farm Chicken Coop Plan. They also have plans for a nesting box on their home page.
Free Plan # 6
These plans are from Love to Know, Green Living.
These guys have a chicken coop design that is durable, simple, and that can be built fairly quickly with average skills and tools.
There are also even more links on their site for free chicken coop plans (gotta love that).
Check out their Free Printable Chicken Coop Blueprints.
Free Plan #7
This last set of plans is a little different than what you might think of when it comes to chicken coops. These designs are made out of PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) pipe.
They're from PVCPlans.com and they're pretty unique in a lot of respects.
They give you a complete material list and a variety of plans to choose from. You can also download the free printable chicken coop plans for personal use.
The plans range from simple to complex. They kind of remind me of the old erector sets. Take a look at the Pastured Poultry Pen plans by pvcplans.com and see what you think.
Free Plan #8
This set of plans is for 10-12 chickens. It seems pretty straight forward and the coop itself seems pretty heavy duty. You do not have to download the sketchUp viewer to build this although it is a cool program.
This project does require that you have at least a working knowledge of lumber and carpentry. It is just the coop so you will also want to consider whether you'll need a chicken run. Overall I like it. These free plans are courtesy of BarnGeek.com
These are all free plans and I think they all have merit and are well thought through chicken coop designs. Whichever you choose, always put safety first. Good luck and Enjoy!