A few years back, at our old house, we were allowed three chickens per city ordinances. So I decided to build a coop and have chickens. This is what I came up with. I have no idea why I came up with the design I came up with, but it worked for us for that time. I knew I wanted a small footprint coop, something that could ideally be put into the back of a pickup truck if necessary to move it. I wanted it to be tall enough for me to walk into comfortably, and I am 6’3″. If I remember correctly the low side was 6′ and the high side was 7′, so I was able to walk into the coop/run without hitting my head inside of it. I used pressure treated lumber for the frame on the ground, and looking back I should have used pressure treated on the uprights as well, since they end up coming into contact with grass, wood chips, and chicken stuff.
After getting the initial frame built, I attached hardware mesh around the side, I just used a pneumatic staple gun to attach it. Then it was on to the roof. I used 2x’s here as well, and covered it with a roof panel from one of the big box hardware stores over top of more hardware mesh. I also made a door of 2x’s and flat brackets. I used outdoor hinges, slide action bolts to close the top and bottom, and a clasp for a padlock in the middle of the door to keep kids out.
Next up was creating my flooring “joists”. 2x’s here again. I felt comfortable that if it would hold my weight without problem, it would hold the weight of chickens and their paraphernalia.
I then used some scrap 1x wood to make three sides of the coop. I used spray foam to fill in the gaps. The floor was made of plywood.
I used more 2x’s for the interior door and I found a couple windows on craigslist, so I put one in the door. I had intended on putting one on the opposite wall but I never got around to it. After the window was installed, the door received spray foam insulation as well. I cut a whole out of the door and created a wind barrier with two layers of shelf liner cut into strips, it worked well. I created a little ramp system for the hens to be able to get up and down easily, but so that I could remove it when I needed to clean out the run.
When I was convinced that the coop was safe, but before I was done building it, I had the chickens start staying out there. It worked pretty well for what I needed. The hens had 32 square feet of run and 16 in the coop which for the three of them was enough. When we moved and I sold it I was able to help the two guys who bought it, lift it up into the back of their pickup. The lower frame of 2×8 pressure treated lumber bowed a little between the wheel wells but it worked out just fine.