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Build a Homemade Chicken Coop with These 10 Easy Steps

Homemade Chicken Coop

Backyard chickens are great at eating kitchen scraps and bugs in the garden (and providing free eggs in return), but they do need somewhere safe at night, from predatory animals.

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11/30/2022 01:08 pm GMT

That’s why you need a homemade chicken coop if you have chickens in your yard. Here’s a homemade coop that impressed us. If you have chickens in your backyard, we’re sure you’ll appreciate both its functionality and specifications.

Homemade Chicken Coop - Hen house siding
Homemade Chicken Coop

What are the benefits in building a homemade chicken coop?

1. Healthier chooks

Chooks are healthier when raised in our backyard since they are naturally fed. Unlike the chickens raised in factories that use antibiotics to speed up their growth and they are usually fed a non-organic diet.

2. Healthier eggs

Since the chooks are raised with an organic diet, the eggs have more vitamin A, E, Omega 3 and beta carotene.

3. Delicious eggs

Fresh eggs are tastier than eggs from the supermarket where these eggs has been sitting for days in the market plus the transportation period.

4. Usable compost chicken poop

Chicken poops and egg shells are all effective compost bins.

5. Chickens help you in gardening

Chickens are everywhere looking for worms, bugs, etc. They help you clean your garden.

6. Educational for kids

Chicken behaviour is a good educational study for your kids. Egg collecting is a good experience too for the kids.

7. Business

Selling your chooks’ eggs to your neighbours is a good business idea.

What are the materials needed to build a homemade chicken coop?

What do you think of this homemade chicken coop? Is there any more room for improvement?

You’ll need these materials:

  • 1″ Thick Timber
  • 2×2 Timber
  • 1/2″ Hardware Cloth
  • Clear Suntuf Panels
  • Bricks
  • Hinges
  • Screws
  • Rope
  • Drawer Handles
  • Bolt Locks
  • Plexiglass

And these tools:

  • Cordless Drill
  • Hammer
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw

How to build a homemade chicken coop?

  1. Determine the measurement and gather the materials
  2. Establish the posts
  3. Construct the roof 
  4. The barrier pavers need to be buried to avoid the entry of predators
  5. Mount the base panels
  6. Establish a brick patio
  7. To prevent the hens from digging, place ½ inch of hardware cloth around the other three edges and spread some rocks
  8. Make the frames of the homemade chicken coop and add a nest container
  9. Finalize the flooring and the coverings (make the sidings removable, like a window, for easy access)
  10. Install a run door and a pop door

Now your girls can enjoy your new homemade chicken coop!

It is optional if you would like to add a few electrical wirings for the lights of your homemade chicken coop and a CCTV camera to monitor your chooks!

Thanks to Tinkering Lab for this great project. You can get the full step-by-step instructions here

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