How to Build a DIY Chicken Coop & Run that your Chickens & Husband will LOVE

DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net

It only took 10+ years but I finally talked my husband, Jason into letting me raise backyard chickens. So…for a few hours each weekend over the last few months, we have been busy building a diy chicken coop & run before our feathered family members arrived.

Today, I am sharing how to build a fabulous & cheap DIY Chicken Coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE.

It even has a clean out poop drawer (so you don’t have to go in the coop to clean up the poop) & it looks super cute in the yard too ūüôā

DIY – How to Build a DIY Chicken Coop & Run

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The Cost of our DIY Chicken Coop & Run

After looking to buy a DIY chicken coop kit from either Wayfair or Tractor Supply, we found that they were either too small for the amount of chickens we hope to have or way too expensive for the size of our budget.

So we decided to make our own Chicken Coop & Run…

Our DIY Chicken Coop & chicken Run cost us about $500-$600 to build with using some scrap wood we had in the garage. We wanted to build a “pretty” chicken coop that would be a permanent fixture in our yard down by our veggie garden (HERE) & home orchard (HERE).

The added bonus is that it gives us privacy from the busy road we live on!

Building the DIY Chicken Coop

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The Chicken Coop itself is 64 inches wide, 51 inches deep & 74 inches tall. We have the coop raised 16 inches off the ground so the girls can have another covered spot to explore.

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We decided to build the majority of the diy chicken coop in our garage since we knew it would take us a while to finish it & we didn’t want it to get rained on before we had a chance to paint it.

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Using pressure treated 2 by 4’s the boys built a platform for the coop. And covered it with a piece of plywood we had in the garage.

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Jason built the walls with 2 by 4’s as well.

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He raised the back wall 3 inches higher than the other 3 walls to make room for a slide out drawer to easily clean out the poop.

Adding a DIY Chicken Coop Clean Out Drawer

The clean out opening is 54 inches wide by 2 inches high.(more details on the clean out drawer below)

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I didn’t like this idea at first but now I know I needed IT!

Our Chicken coop clean up drawer is 53 1/2 inches wide by 1 3/4 inches high by 32 inches deep.

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To build the chicken poop clean out drawer we used some left over bead board we had but you can use any thin sheet of plywood or particle board. We screwed 2 by 3’s around the perimeter of the bead board & added a drawer front to the one side.

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The drawer front is 56 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches high. We covered the inside of the drawer with linoleum & sand.

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When building the walls of the DIY chicken coop we added the nesting box walls to the front of the chicken coop for easy access to the eggs.

DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net
DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net

We used faux siding sheets from Lowes for the outside walls.

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Next up Jason cut holes in the siding for 2 windows, a chicken & human door & the the pull out chicken poop drawer.

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We found the 2 exterior shed windows on Amazon to let some fresh air & light in the coop. They were not very expensive & they look pretty too!

Here is the link to the windows we found,

Shed Windows 14″ X 21″ White Flush Mount, Playhouse Windows, Chicken Coop Windows
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Jason built the roof trusses out of 2 by 4’s. He covered them with plywood & tar paper.

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He made the human & chicken door & nesting box lid out of the same faux siding & 2 by 4’s. I primed & painted the whole coop & doors white.

Moving the DIY Chicken Coop to our Backyard

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Once the chicken coop was weatherized we rolled it out it’s new home in our yard.

Yup, rolled.

It was way too heavy to pick up at this point. We rolled it on 4 PVC pipes.

(Believe it or not we moved our hot tub the same way – you can read about that HERE)

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Back to how to build a chicken coop…

We chose a shady spot under some tall pine trees to place our chicken coop & run. When researching building coops we saw how important it was that chickens have shade in the summer so they don’t get overheated.

Once we had the chicken coop in the yard, Jason attached 4 pressure treated posts to the four corners of the coop making sure the coop was level.

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Jason added the asphalt roof shingles that we had left over in the garage.

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We also added hardware cloth to the front of the windows to keep the chickens safe when the windows are open.

DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net
DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net

Take a Tour Inside our DIY Chicken Coop

He later attached the human & chicken door as well as the nesting box lid for easy access to the eggs.

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DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net

We covered the floor of the coop with a cheap piece of linoleum from Lowes.

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I made nesting curtains to hang in front of our 4 nesting boxes.

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I added sand on top of the linoleum to make it easier to pick up the chicken poop with a cat litter scoop when we pull out the clean out drawer.

DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net
DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net

The Pull out drawer is great to have because you can clean up their droppings without going inside the coop.

DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net
DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net

Building the Chicken Run

Our Chicken Run is 57 inches wide, 124 inches deep & 70 inches tall.

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We wanted to have a run that was partially covered from the snow & rain.

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DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net

Jason used pressured treated 2 by 4’s for the base & walls of the run.

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He used pressure treated fence posts for the roof of the run.

DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net

When building the walls & roof of the run we made sure to keep the 2 by 4’s 3 feet wide so we could easily attach the hardware cloth to it.

DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net

Everywhere I read said that hardware cloth was much better than chicken wire is to keep the predators out.

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We attached the hardware cloth with staples & screws & washers. I am going to be honest, it was not easy working & cutting this wire.

We also let dug the wire down in the ground a few inches to help deter animals from digging into the run. I also added a row of bricks leftover from our DIY brick patio (you can see that HERE)

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We made sure our chicken run had a human door to make it easier for us to come in & clean up & refill the feeder & water. We have the water & feeders hanging in our run so the chickens can’t knock them over.

DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net

We added sand to 1/2 of the run to keep it cleaner & less muddy when it rains.

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If you have been following along on Instagram, you would have met our 3 chickens, Emma, Poppy & Buttercup already. Other than being adorable, I can not believe how relaxing it is to just sit & watch them. They are the sweetest & our family is absolutely in love with them!

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They seem pretty happy with their new digs ūüôā

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It is amazing to me how they put themselves to bed every night!!!

DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net
DIY - How to build the ultimate chicken coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too! #chickencoop #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenrun #diy https://lehmanlane.net

I hope this answers any questions you about how to build a chicken coop & run if you have been thinking about it!

by Tara Lehman

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Comments

  1. I love your chicken coop. Its so cute. Please add a lock to the laying boxes on the outside. Animals will get in there. Racoons and weasels are so crafty and mean. Enjoy your chickens. I really enjoy your blog.

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comments & for stopping by to check out our chicken coop Judy! I really appreciate your care for our chickens! It might not be visual from the pictures on our blog but we did add a lock to the outside of our nesting boxes.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out how we built our chicken coop & run Scott. Unfortunately, we do not have a sketch or plans but I did add a few more pictures & information about our clean out drawer to the post. The clean out drawer pulls out completely & it is the size of the whole floor under the roosting bars.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out our chicken coop Sherri! Our chicken coop can hold between 6-12 chickens depending on their size. Our one chicken Emma is a Brahma which is one of the largest breeds so you could probably only have 6 of that breed but if you have Silkies or Bantams I think you could probably hold 10-12 without a problem you would just need to maybe add one more roost.

    1. Hi John,
      Thanks for stopping by to check out our chicken coop. I’m not sure if this is what you are asking about but we used drip edge around the roof line that we purchased at Lowes. Let me know if you meant something else.

  2. Does it take one or two people to clean out. I notice you use Sand is it heavy when you pull it out? Thank you so much I’m going to try to build it myself wish me luck.

    1. Hi Brenda, thank you so much for stopping by to check out our DIY chicken coop! To clean out our chicken coop it only takes me a couple minutes to pick up the chicken poop from inside the coop (the pull out drawer) & the run with a cat scoop & then I dump it in our compost bin. I do not need help pulling out the drawer & pushing it back in because the chicken coop floor & wall hold most of the weight. If I am changing out the sand in the pull out drawer, I do need my husband or one of my boys to help to pull the drawer completely out & dump it because it is a bit heavy & awkward to carry & put back in. I usually dump the old sand from inside the coop back in the chicken run. I change out the sand from inside of the coop a couple times a year. Hope this answers your questions & good luck building your coop!

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