Jun 262014

How To Build A Chicken Coop Cheaply

how to build a chicken coop cheaply


I am assuming you are here because you need to a chicken coop and you are trying to figure out how to build a chicken coop cheaply. Anyone who has gone online and looked at chicken coops knows right away that they are not cheap.  And, quite frankly, some of the coops that you can buy online do not look very sturdy and in most cases are only good if you have 6 or less chickens.  Personally, I don’t like my structures to look just like everyone else’s out there. But, I also don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on any structure, even if it’s for my laying hens.  As long as you are not in a rush and can take the time to look around, you should be able to build a great chicken coop that is cost effective, functional and that you won’t be embarrassed to have in your yard!

DIY Chicken Coops

One of the best ways to save money building a chicken coop is to do it yourself.  If you know how to use even a skill saw, a hammer and a drill, you should be able to build an affordable chicken coop that will keep your chickens warm, dry and safe.  There are tons of paid and free chicken coop designs online that you can get to help you build a hen house of your very own.  If you aren’t very creative, just follow the chicken house plan and you will have the structure built in no time. If you are more creative, you can made some additional tweaks to the design and have something completely unique.

Now, if you are like me, you have some unused wood, nails, screws and possibly some wire and / or roofing materials.  My garage is a treasure trove of left over building materials because I am a pack rat!  Several of my friends have been able to make nice chicken coops and runs with materials that they had laying around too.  If you don’t, hit up some of your friends and see what scraps they may have laying around that are just collecting dust.  Chances are, they would be happy to donate to your cause, even if you have to trade them some of your future eggs!

Bartering For Your Chicken Coop

Not handy?  Shuddering in horror at the thought of doing this project on your own?  Now, before you click the back button, just take a minute to listen to what I have to say.  Even if you don’t know how to build anything or let’s say you know how but don’t have the tools, I am sure you know someone who has the skills and the material to help you out.  Stop and consider what kind of skills you have to offer and see if someone you know would be willing to barter his or her skill in exchange for yours.  Two of my friends are the “bartering queens”!  They are amazing and manage to barter for all kinds of services.  It just takes a little bravery and the ability to negotiate and you can end up getting stuff done for almost nothing.  I always say “You can’t receive if you don’t ask!”  Lose your shyness, practice a script with a friend first and then start talking to people who can help you with your project.

Used Chicken Coops

Buying a used chicken coop and/or run is a great way to get a bargain coop for your chickens.  Many people buy chicks and all of the supplies that go with them and lose interest in the project.  While chickens are pretty easy to maintain, some folks just don’t have the time or the small amount of money it takes to feed them and take care of them.  Sometimes they will sell you their chickens as well.  It is a win – win for everyone involved.  You become a problem solver in this case by helping them get rid of items they no longer want or need and you get a used chicken coop for your hens.  You can check local Craig’s List listings, online forums in the area or even post an ad saying “used chicken coop wanted”.  You never know what people are looking to get rid of.

Re-purpose An Old Structure

Ever thought of taking an existing structure either on your property or someone else’s and converting it into a hen house?  Creative people do it all the time and end up with some great little hen houses in the end.  Look around your property or those around you to see if there are any suitable buildings.  You could also convert a corner of an old shed or take part of a garage or barn and enclose an area.  If you don’t have a lot of chickens, you don’t need a huge chicken coop.


Figuring out how to build a chicken coop cheaply doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming.  It may take a little effort on your part but if you are willing to put in the work, you will be rewarded with a chicken coop that is affordable and functional.





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