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Chicken Coop Design and Construction

Chicken coop photos and design ideas from the subscribers of our free Keeping Chickens Newsletter. Many coop design and construction photos as well as detailed descriptions of the building of several traditional - and not so traditional - chicken coops!

Side view with our 4 Black Astralorpe hens.

Thanks to Micah and Vonda Dunn for these photos and details of their coop. "We finally got our new coop built a couple of months ago. As you can see, I made some changes to the plan. It weighs a ton, so I do not believe this coop will not be moved from its current position. I built this in my barn and it took a bobcat to move it to the foundation."


Our Son Noah - I've Been Farming Too Long. Is this the new country
music star?

Inside the run - access door

Doors - I decided to build triangular doors. The original design called for small rectangular doors.

Roof - I decided to shingle the roof. I found a guy that was selling his leftover shingles on If you are not familiar with this site, it is like eBay, however it does not cost to buy or sell items. I shingled 1/4 of the run portion. This does not keep all of the water out of the run and I have decided that I might actually build shutters on 1 side to assist with this issue.

We are very pleased with the coop. It adds a lot to our property and I expect to build something as nice or better for our Americaunas."

Our daughter Lauren with one of our Americaunas