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 chicken coop & run before our feathered family members arrived. Today, I am sharing how to build a DIY Chicken Coop & run that your chickens & husband will LOVE. It looks super cute in the yard too 🙂
DIY – How to Build a Chicken Coop & Run
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Our DIY Chicken Coop 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!
For the Chicken Coop…
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.
We decided to build the majority of the 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.
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.
Jason built the walls with 2 by 4’s as well.
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.
I didn’t like this idea at first but now I know I needed IT!
When building the walls of the chicken coop we added the nesting box walls to the front of the chicken coop for easy access to the eggs.
We used faux siding sheets from Lowes for the outside walls.
Next up Jason cut holes in the siding for 2 windows, a chicken & human door & the the pull out chicken poop drawer.
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
Jason built the roof trusses out of 2 by 4’s. He covered them with plywood & tar paper.
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.
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)
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.
Jason added the asphalt roof shingles that we had left over in the garage.
We also added hardware cloth to the front of the windows to keep the chickens safe when the windows are open.
He later attached the human & chicken door as well as the nesting box lid for easy access to the eggs.
We covered the floor of the coop with a cheap piece of linoleum from Lowes.
I made nesting curtains to hang in front of our 4 nesting boxes.
For the Chicken Run…
Our Chicken Run is 57 inches wide, 124 inches deep & 70 inches tall.
We wanted to have a run that was partially covered from the snow & rain.
Jason used pressured treated 2 by 4’s for the base & walls of the run.
He used pressure treated fence posts for the roof of the run.
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.
Everywhere I read said that hardware cloth was much better than chicken wire is to keep the predators out.
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)
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.
We added sand to 1/2 of the run to keep it cleaner & less muddy when it rains.
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!
They seem pretty happy with their new digs 🙂
It is amazing to me how they put themselves to bed every night!!!
I hope this inspires to build your own chicken coop & run if you have been thinking about it!