How to build a Chicken Coop
for less than $180
I got the plans for this coop from Amazon.com they cost less than $5 and were worth every penny. If you want to build a chicken coop, animal shelter, greenhouse, or storage shed, I highly recommend these plans.
The plans I purchase were for making a portable greenhouse. I modified them slightly in order to build a chicken coop. I may build a greenhouse as well, now that I know how easy it is. One of the benefits of using the Mittleider Gardening Method is that it really makes it easy to create “in the garden” greenhouses for just the plants you need to protect. I’ll write a post about that and link to it from here when.
In the meantime, back to the chicken coop 🙂
With the help of a friend, we completed this build in about four hours. $49 for wood, $40 for two 16 foot cattle panels, $30 for chicken wire, $45 for the 6 mil plastic that is draped over the top and sides for wind and rain protection.
A couple of considerations – the cattle panels used are 16 feet long. We shopped around and found them for just $19 at the Tractor Supply. Tractor Supply does not deliver. Everywhere else that would deliver them, in addition to a delivery fee, charged at least $24 per panel. Now that may not be a big deal for you, but it will bring your cost above $200. I was able to load four of these panels on my 10 foot trailer. I braced them, strapped them, and hung flags off them. Then I had a friend drive behind me so no one would accidently drive into them. It was a bit hairy doing that, but I didn’t want to pay a $40 delivery charge and an extra $5 per panel.
This design can be used for a greenhouse, storage shed, or any number of other purposes.
Here’s a link to the plans I used to Build a $1500 Portable Greenhouse or Garden Shed For $150 In Just a few hours without a kit!