Backyard Chicken Coop

There were many reasons we decided to live in the Minnesota countryside. One of those reasons was our love for animals! We love having farm fresh eggs and really enjoy the experience of raising chickens. I wanted to give our ladies the perfect home and make sure they were as comfortable as we are sipping our morning coffee looking out at them. These backyard chicken coop free plans are a great place to start if you are looking build your own coop. Our coop is farmhouse chicken coop is inspired by the exterior of our home.

backyard chicken coop free plans

You can change this backyard chicken coop to fit your style and house. We decided to use cedar shingles but you can use any regular shingle as well. We also recommend using a really good quality exterior paint! This is going to help keep your chicken coop looking great for years to come.

Many of these materials can be found at your local home store. We use treated lumber for anything that came into contact with the ground. The walls and roofs were made with typical 2×3 studs and OSB plywood.

In my opinion the most important part of this build is to not use chicken wire for the run. Many predators can easily gain access through chicken wire. Put it this way… Chicken wire is great for keeping chickens in your backyard chicken coop, but not good at keeping predators our. I recommend using a quality 1/2″ hardware cloth to enclose the chicken run.

“I wanted to give our ladies the perfect home and make sure they were as comfortable as we are sipping our morning coffee looking out at them.”

Go check out our feature with Bob Villa and check see some other amazing backyard chicken coops.

Backyard Chicken Coop Free Plans

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    1. Hi Cathy,
      Sorry, We do not have a full list of supplies! We just provide the dimensions of our coop and general layout.

  1. We used your plans but made some minor changes. We also don’t have a run because we have an enclosure already, but it turned out amazing. Thanks for sharing the plans!!

    1. Hi! Thanks so much. We use a metal flashing typically used on roof edges. Its called “Drip Edge”. It can be found at big box stores!

  2. Curious about the windows, do you board them up in the winter? If so what do you do for ventilation.

  3. Thanks so much for the info on the flashing! One more question, how did you create the arched molding around the door?

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