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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!

Thanks to Lisa Silver Frankel for these photos!

"This past summer, our family decided to raise chickens. We built a coop and a run. We purchased, what we thought to be eight hens. A gal in a neighboring county sold them to us. The chicks were 2 months old, except one 12 month old, when we got them. Later, two of our hens turned-out to be roosters. Since all are named, none of them will wind-up in the soup pot."

Here are a few pics of the coop we built. Note that the inside contains a ladder on one side and an array of 12" (h) x 12" (d) x 12" (w) (2 x 4) cubbies on the other side. The reason why the structure is vertically oriented, roughly 4'-0"(d) x 6'-0"(w) x 7'-0"(h) is that, my husband wanted to construct it as a tool shed, just in case we proved poor chicken farmers.

I am happy to say, (knock on wood) raising chickens continues to be successful.


'Chub Chub'