How to build a chicken coop

How to build a chicken coop

I built this chicken coop for Tammy for mothers day. I had no idea what I had signed myself up for as it turned out. I spent close to 100 hours building this on weekends, evenings, and days off from work. I learned that chicken coops have lot’s of moving parts, and they have to be VERY secure to keep racoons out – the most clever and determined suburban predator there is.

I was able to use a lot of reclaimed materials, mainly a bunch of used redwood fence boards that we saved when our fence was replaced. I also re-used some door hinges, locks and other hardware that we had left over from our home renovation. It felt good to re-use these materials, both in the pocketbook and the conscious.

I took lot’s of pictures along the way hoping that sharing them here will help some other lucky fellow out there with their research.  We relied heavily on the similar plans, suggestions, and stories that we found on, a highly recommended resource.

I’m happy with how it turned out, and more importantly, so is Tammy.

The pictures below tell most of the story, and I’ve added a few captions for clarity. Feel free to ask questions in the comments below.  I hope this helps you with your chicken coop construction research process.

Edit:  We added an automatic, programmable, solar/battery powered, pop-door that opens in the morning and closes at night so we don’t have to remember to do it. Also a nice feature for when we go out of town. It lets the flock out into the run. We purchased it from the nice folks over at for $225. It is the highest-rated such accessory, and our experience with it has been fantastic so far. I added pictures of the set up to the end of the gallery below.


5 thoughts on “How to build a chicken coop

  1. Very function and practical with good solid workmanship. Above all it is bullet proof. Good job well planned and executed.

  2. I am a memeber of BYC and saw your thread. Love your blog and thanks for sharing your coop build. Looks great. If you don’t mind my asking, where are you in Marin? I was born and raised in Marin. Moved to Sonoma Co about 25 yrs ago.

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