How to Build a Chicken Coop

Always longed for chickens of your own? These chicken coop building plans will help you live your poultry dreams.
Customizing an Elegant Coop

Customizing an Elegant Coop

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This coop is designed for the easy and efficient management of your backyard flock, but style counts! Customize your coop by varying elements such as color, door and hardware style and use of accessories. This elegant modification of the basic coop includes a fresh coat of white paint, cosmetic shutters and window grid, a new screen door with self-closing door hinges, inset crossbucks on storage and access doors and contrasting door hardware.

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Raising backyard chickens is more popular than ever. Keeping chickens is a hobby that pays off in fertilizer, pest control, companionship, and, of course, fresh eggs.

For those ready to take the plunge, it all starts with the right housing, but finding a coop that is appropriate for the flock, easy to maintain and still looks good in the yard can be a challenge. HGTVGardens has got you covered with these plans for a DIY coop and enclosed run with a small footprint to fit any yard.

This raised-coop enclosure offers room for six chickens, a walk-in run, built-in storage, an observation window, external egg collection and a simple design easily customized to suit any style. Download our detailed plans to build your own chicken coop and explore this gallery to see this efficient design customized four ways, including a basic coop, elegant and rustic modifications and a plan to convert this sturdy structure into an attractive and spacious garden shed should a backyard chicken coop no longer be necessary. 

What you’ll need: 

  • 250’ 2x4 pressure-treated lumber
  • 8’ 2x2 pressure-treated lumber
  • 20’ 1”x1-3/4” pressure-treated lumber
  • 1”x4-1/2”x33-1/2” pressure-treated lumber
  • 112” 1x6 pressure-treated lumber
  • 84” 1x1 pressure-treated lumber
  • 15’ 3/4”x3/4” pressure-treated lumber
  • 19’ 5/4x6 deck boards/ 5/8”x4’x6’ plywood
  • 92” 1/4”x 1-1/2” lattice strips
  • 260’ 1x4 appearance boards
  • 1 roll 4’x50’ hardware cloth
  • 5 26”x96” ribbed roof panels
  • 5 4’x8’ siding panels
  • 1 20”x33” single hung window
  • 1 36” screen door
  • 1 box 3/8” galvanized staples
  • 1 box roofing screws
  • 1 box 2” exterior screws
  • 1 box 2” finishing nails
  • 8 3” T hinges
  • 3 door pulls
  • Miter saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill with screwdriver bit
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Square
  • Staple gun


Before assembling the frame for your chicken coop and enclosed run, measure and cut the necessary lumber as shown in the detailed plans. Select pressure-treated pine, cedar or other lumber appropriate for outdoor projects. Whether you have purchased ten or twelve-foot planks, calculating cuts in advance will minimize waste.

Find step-by-step instructions for building your coop here:

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A Coop and Run to House Six Chickens

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Prepare Materials

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Mark Notches

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Cut Notches

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Arrange Front and Back of Frame

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Assemble Front and Back of Frame

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Position Frame

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Attach Sides

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Attach End Joists

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Remove Temporary Supports

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Add Roof Joists

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Trim Vertical Posts

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Attach Roof

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Assemble Coop Enclosure

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Attach Door Header

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Attach Run Fencing

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Add Siding

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Assemble and Attach Nesting and Storage Bump Out

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Frame Window

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Insert Window

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Add Coop Access Doors

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Add Trim

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Hang Screen Door

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Install Chicken Ramp

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Add a Roost

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Add Outdoor Roost

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The Finished Coop

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Customizing an Elegant Coop

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More Options for an Elegant Coop

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A Rustic Modification

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Crossbucks

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Garden Shed Modification

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