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Backyard Chicken Coop DIY Inspiration with Over 50 Photos

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Last Updated on July 6, 2020

We’ve since moved from this home and built a new chicken coop (in a barn), details coming soon! – July 2020

Backyard Chicken Coop

Here’s the thing about building a chicken coop, it can get expensive. If you can find free (or really cheap) wood, get it! Use this post of these chicken coop pics as your inspiration.

We built this Chicken coop in about a week back in 2015. I knew what I wanted but dang, I took what felt like 100 trips to the Home Depot. If you think you’ve got everything, you probably don’t.

Find a Location

Living in the foothills (especially where we’re at) can mean that you’ve got to clear a slope to get started. You’re going to want flat ground. I didn’t get a picture before this one (of the tree and rocks) but at least here, you can see the cut up limbs to clear the spot.

Preparing the Land for a Chicken Coop

Level the ground.

Flattening the Coop Area

Multiple Home Depot Runs

This was the first of many trips to Home Depot to pick up all the pieces (seeing how we didn’t have any plans, this was a go for it as I see it in my head build).

Many Home Depot Trips for the Coop

Initial Build (the post project)

This unconventional framing method requires 2×4’s to level out the 4X4 treated posts in concrete.

First Studs and Columns for Chicken Coop

Easy concrete mix (the 4×4 treated lumbar is 28 inches deep). Dig the hole, throw some rocks at the bottom, set the 4×4 in place, level it, mix concrete and pour, further level with the 2×4 and the second post, then third… and fourth.

Concrete Base with Treated Wood
The Level Start to the Chicken Coop

Level and re-level until all four posts are perfect.

Ensure Columns are Level-Based in Concrete

Critter Guard

You don’t want predators to nab your chickens in the middle of the night, so dig deep and don’t use cheap chicken wire.

Under Coop Floor Area with Mesh Wire
Chicken Coop Column and Floor Prep

Further Predator Protection

We used pavers here (where the run door will be going). This way there’s no way a predator can sneak under the run door.

Laying pavers by run door-to-protect from digging predators

Finalize Chicken Run Columns

And adding the floor! Again, use 2×4’s to level your columns.

Chicken Coop Columns Set with Coop Floor

Level the Roof

This is a lot easier than you might think… use 2×4’s and set everything up using your trusty level. Get everything set right the first time so your metal roofing goes on with ease.

Initial Chicken Coop Columns with Wire Mesh Run

Hen House

These little ladies were begging us to check out their new run. Note: we have a lot of predators (the Bobcats are very daring), this is why we are creating this coop and run to be VERY secure. You’ll note a little further down (when we added the door, we left a few inches above the door, not enough room for anything large to fit through. However, (and I witnessed this from my office window) a Bobcat perched up above that door with it’s paw swiping what it could reach (ABOVE the door) and of course those dumb chickens were going nuts flying around… and the cat nabbed one, in mid air! I saw the whole thing (happened in about 5 seconds). I ran down to see if the chicken was salvageable and the hen and the cat were long gone down in the brush. The space above the door now has a board blocking it.

Introducing Chickens to the Run
Chicken Coop Build
Wire Mesh for Chicken Run
Process of Framed Chicken Coop side

Clearing the Land

This building on a slope thing takes awhile, there’s a lot of digging. And in Colorado if you try digging when it hasn’t rained in awhile, good luck! Luckily we had a bunch of rain before this project and it made the digging a lot easier.

Building a Chicken Coop on a Slope

Framing the Coop

I did things a little differently here as you can see.

Framing the Internal Wall for Chicken Coop
Framing the Chicken Coop Walls

Roof Prep

The roofing prep was pretty straightforward. Just make sure everything you cut is the right size (and all lengths are the same).

Design for Chicken Coop Roof

High Quality Wire Mesh

Use a solid wire mesh product that’ll allow you to “seal” up all the windows from predators.

Mesh Wire for Window Protection Chicken Coop
Mesh Wire for Run Protection

Chicken Coop Run

It’s all starting to take shape. The Chickens here need to be protected from the mass amounts of predators we have in the foothills. The coop location is right near a ravine with a lot of hiding spots for all the Chicken Killers. This design gives the Chickens a nice, protected run.

Framed Columns and Roof-Prep for Chicken Coop and Run

Chicken Coop Lap Siding (tongue and groove)

I choose to go with cedar lap siding but it was unnecessary, find something cheaper and it’ll be fine.

Building a Chicken Coop
Chicken Coop Siding and Frame and New Box
Chicken Coop and Run view with New Siding
Tongue and Groove Siding for Chicken Coop Walls
Tongue and groove cutouts with a circular saw
Tongue and groove siding cut outs with a handsaw
Inside Run View of New Siding

Chicken Coop Nesting Box

Here’s the whole reason we built the coop, the nesting box and all of those future eggs! When building the nesting box make sure you make it easily accessible, you’re going to be getting eggs daily (for much of the year) and if the box is in a bad location you’ll regret it.

Nesting Box Creation
Preparing the Chicken Coop Nesting Box

Nails make it pretty easy (as long as everything is secure, which it is).

Nesting box with tongue and groove siding
Nesting Box with Tongue and Groove Siding Build

Seal it good (on the areas that are facing the sky).

Applying waterproof caulk for nesting box
Waterproof caulk sealant
Nesting Box Addition Build and Peek a boo

Chicken / Man Door for the Run

You’re going to want access to the run to clean and manage the Chicken’s water supply. I used pretreated wood and cut everything, laid it out and assembled. Make sure to measure everything… then measure again.

Chicken Run Door with Mesh Wire
Close up of the chicken run door

Reinforce the door with the right hardware.

Brace for Chicken Run Door

Finish Work (to cover the wire mesh areas)

Again, I used treated wood to add the finish / exterior look on the exposed 4×4 posts and to cover the stapled mesh sections.

Finalized Chicken Run Construction

Chicken Coop

Getting close and tying all the pieces of the build together is the best part. We’re so close!

Measure Twice Cut Once Chicken Coop Prep

Addition of the metal roofing. We used metal roofing screws and made sure to build the coop (size) to fit the metal sheets. I didn’t wan to cut the metal roofing sheets (no good reason to).

Chicken coop construction-with tongue and groove siding

Simple Chicken Run Ladder with Hooks

The coop is off the ground and this ladder allows the Chickens to access the run / coop. The hooks allow us to remove the ladder for cleaning or whatever else

Chicken run ladder live action

A little paint…

Inside the Chicken Coop Run

Getting some great assistance!

Getting help on the chicken coop finish work

We added this “sand block” at the door (where we clean out the chicken poop).

Sand Block for Chicken Coop by the door

More (completed) Nesting Box Pictures

The nesting boxes should be private and comfortable.

Almost complete nesting box

Fabric covering for improved privacy.

Privacy Cloth for the Nesting Boxes

Welcome to your new home!

Shade under the coop for the little chickies

Chicken Coop Flooring

We laid  a sheet of linoleum flooring, didn’t work. The Chickens learned how to rip it up. We’ve since ripped it out and will be painting with a high quality floor paint (to protect the plywood flooring).

Another internal picture of the chicken coop
Chicken Coop Run and Door new construction

Sand floor (to make poop’n cleanup easier).

Inside a Custom Chicken Coop

DIY Chicken Coop

While these aren’t Chicken coop plans (cause that would have taken way too long) hopefully these pics can give you some inspiration for your chicken coop. The process was a lot of fun and we’re proud about how it turned out!

Single Slope Chicken Coop Run

Good luck and post questions in the comments if you have them.

Finalizing a chicken coop build

These little solar lights were the perfect, final addition.

Solar lighting on the chicken coop and nearby steps

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Teagan Martin

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Hi there! I have thought of starting the business of poultry farms. I was finding something that would be good and affordable for me. I can do all that but I think I would need the help of my brother for leveling the ground. If you can share the complete budget also I will be thankful to you.


Sunday 26th of April 2020

This is such a great project, thank you for publishing with such great pictures, trying to rethink our project in Israel... Do you have any problem of wild life trying to break in? here jackals and others killed some of our village chickens before.


Saturday 28th of March 2020

I love your coop! What are the dimensions of your coop and run separately? And how many chickens do you have in there? Looking back are there any changes you would have made? We are about to build a new one based on yours so would love any tips! Thanks

Vincent Vescio

Friday 10th of January 2020

Hey Rob, Nice job. Look great. How did it hold up? I'm in central Pa. There's a ton of rocks in the ground here too. How deep did you get the metal mesh around the perimeter?


Thursday 1st of February 2018

This is amazing! About how much did it cost to build? We're in dire need of a new coop!

Rob Benson

Sunday 11th of February 2018

This got to be pretty expensive (I bought all the wood from Home Depot). I'm guessing close to $1,500.