5 Ways to Build a Backyard Chicken Coop

Raise your hand if you know someone who has chickens.  I bet a lot of you are raising your hands.  The lack of a farmyard or acres of property aren’t keeping people from trying their hands at raising livestock–at least the smaller varieties, like chickens.  Urban farming and backyard chickens are growing in popularity.  I bet you know (or know of) at least one person who has their own flock.  This spring, pictures of fluff, yellow chicks have been hatching on Instagram and blogs, as friends show off the newest residents of their coops.  (Like the cuties below at Whatever.)


This isn’t an announcement–I don’t have any plans to add chickens to our family!  But I have to admit….I do get excited about–wait for it–chicken coops.  Laugh if you want, but to this DIY-loving heart, I love the idea of designing and building a miniature house.  Even if it’s for chickens!  So today, in honor of spring and all my brave friends who made omelets this morning from fresh eggs laid by their very own chickens, I’m sharing 5 Ways to Build a Backyard Chicken Coop.


 1. Pottery Barn Inspired


You know I love a good knockoff!  Pottery Barn is not selling coops these days, but if they were…..their coops would look just like this.  A classic black finish and details like the mod handles and gold lanterns make this coop from The Art of Doing Stuff an aesthetically pleasing addition to the backyard.

2. 5-Star Chicken Accomodations


The awesome back story on this “boutique chicken hotel” at The Fancy Farm Girl is that it was designed by a 12 year old girl.  Her parents were so impressed with her detailed plans that they dropped everything and went to the hardware store for the materials so they could make her dream coop a reality.  I love the way this coop is filled with vintage and repurposed items.

3. Miniature Barn Coop


This pretty coop reminds me of an Amish barn.  Lots of thoughtful design details went into making this coop something that would look good and function really well for the backyard farmers.  See the building process and get a link to the plans at Under the Sycamore.

4.  Furniture Makeover Hen House


I’m all about reusing and repurposing, so you must have guessed I’d fall in love with this little coop featured at Childhood 101.  It’s a dresser that was converted by Small Potatoes into a home for their small flock.  Note the glass knobs and pretty turquoise finish–this is my kind of hen house!

5. A Coop with Personality


It’s pretty obvious that the hens in this backyard are a big deal.  Lots of thought went into the design of this coop, and it’s full of fun touches like the antlers and the rustic sign that lists the residents.  Plans and instructions are at Redeem Your Ground.

So I’m curious–just how many of my readers have chickens in their backyards?  If you have chickens, leave a comment below telling my names and the pros and cons of raising chickens.