How to Make Backyard Chicken Coop


If you want to make a chicken coop yourself for your garden, patio or backyard you’ll need to go through some DIY tutorial. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make one for your chicken, however, you may need some items such as cabinets, screws, nails and lumbars that you can get from a discounted furniture store. Or alternatively use the items you already have, for example, an old closet can be used for making a nice coup for the birds.

Backyard Chicken Coop
Backyard Chicken Coop

This is a Kansas style chicken coop made with old bathroom cabinets and closets. You don’t need a lot of items to build it.

Before you make a coop for chicken and make a floor plan, you need to consider the following points:

  1. Number of the chicken that you are designing the chicken shack for.
  2. There should be enough space for each bird, ideally minimum 10 square foot per bird
  3. Good heating and ventilation
  4. Great structure that predators can’t easily destroy, evade and break into
  5. Space to put in food and some ways to keep the supply of water for the birds

How to Make This Backyard Chicken coop

  • First make an 18” shady area under the coop. The plan should be similar to the porch where you want the chicken to have 3 feet by 4 feet sitting area. Make walls at least 4 inches taller and use screws to put all the walls together.
  • The plan can accommodate almost 3-5 laying birds. Since your chicken would want to sit in a dark place to hatch the eggs, these boxes would be ideal for that. Make each box around 12 inches as it would help with the cleaning.
  • Make the roof by using 2x4s rafters and attach each with 3 inch screws.
  • Use jigsaw to cut the windows and doors on the chicken coop
  • Window openings are needed for proper ventilation for the summer season.
  • Make walls with a plan to keep the wind and cold breeze out during the winter months.
  • Attach the doors with the coop
  • Make 2×4 perches for the birds to sit on
  • Make some storage space and a resting place for the chickens.