Chicken Coop Building Tips

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If you’ve decided to build your own chicken coop, then there are some important things that you must think about before you start. Some people (I’ve made this mistake) Jump straight into building and buying chickens, and have no idea of all the other important factors that must be dealt with first before you even start to build your coop.

In the end, if you neglect the important factors below, you’ll end up wasting time and money, so rather than doing that, keep the following coop building tips in mind and you’ll be sure that you’re making all the right decisions when building your coop.

So, here are the top 3 tips for building your Chicken Coop.

Tip# 1: Think About Your Climate

Climate varies from country to country, so keep in mind that you’re going to have to build you coop out of different materials depending on your local climate. Eg. How much rain do you get? What type of temperatures do you typically experience?

Tip# 2: Build with the Number of Chickens in mind.

Happy, healthy Chickens do not like to be crowded. he first thing to keep in mind as you go about building a chicken house is how many chickens you plan to have.

The most common minimum spacing recommendations per chicken are:
4 square feet (0.4 sq. meters) in the coop and 10 square feet (1 sq. meter) in an attached run.

If you choose to house your chickens just in a coop, it must be minimum 10 sq. feet per chicken.

So if you want 4 Chickens, then the coop better be 16 sq feet and 40 sq. feet for the run. (1.5 sq. meters in the coop, and 3.7 sq. meters in the run).

Tip# 3: Do You Want A Mobile Chicken Coop?

Finally, consider whether you want to have a mobile chicken coop, often called a chicken tractor. For many, the flexibility of being able to move their chicken coop around is a real bonus. It could be that your yard is small and you’d like to have options, or, for many, they would prefer to be able to more the coop around and not just trample one area of grass..

Portable chicken Coop designs typically work best when you have fewer numbers of chickens due to the fact that larger coops are much harder to transport around.

If you’ve any questions, let me know, but otherwise be sure to keep this tips in mind, and I highly recommend the downloadable ebook ‘Building a Chicken Coop’ (reviewed here) by Bill Keene which includes detailed cool plans, and much, much more.

Best of luck in building YOUR chicken coop on a budget!



  • By John Fowler, May 4, 2009 @ 1:04 am

    To anyone considering getting chickens, the book looks like it has a wealth of information.

    The plans are good as well, but not what I needed.

    Can Bill or Stephanie Keene or Matt Anfuso please contact me.

  • By craig, December 20, 2009 @ 3:18 pm

    Your Chicken coop looks really great it must have taken a while to build, i had some chicken plans of my own and they came out pretty good too.

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