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Fantastic Chicken Coops: Designs, Free Plans & Ideas

Eggplant chicken coop

Eggplant chicken coop from Backyard Chickens

Chicken coops can be both functional & a colorful addition to your backyard

When you design your dream chicken coop, there will be many things to consider before diving in. Things like how many chickens you plan on keeping, location, predators and what you want it to look like.

Often chicken coops designed closer to the home & in smaller urban areas tend to be more visually appealing

However if you’re keeping a large amount of chickens functionality will be a priority.

Fun chicken coops

Design from ‘Reinventing the Chicken Coop’


 This post will help you figure out how to design your chicken coop, give you inspiration for coop plans (including FREE pdf downloads), and show you where you can buy kits online. Fantastic Chicken Coops- plans + design

Before you design your chicken coop, you’ll want to think about:

    • Location in your backyard
    • City zones & laws for the size of your chicken coop. Double check you CAN even keep chickens as many towns and cities won’t allow it. Even in a rural areas there are requirements for distance from other neighbors.
    • How many chickens you’d like to keep & what breeds (here’s my review of 7 chicken breeds for egg-laying). Think long term too, there’s no point designing a chicken coop for 8 hens if later on, you decided to add to your flock. It’s smarter to design for a larger flock if you have the space and have a larger homestead.


  • The weather, do you get lots of snow? Do you have hot summers & need to have a shady spot for your hens?
  • The size of coop- small, medium, large etc.
  • The cost, how much can you spend? Some pre-made chickens coops can cost a lot.
  • How you’ll design the surrounding area (we designed rotational chicken runs around our garden)
  • Think about all the predators in the area that can get into your chicken coop. We’ve had bears rip the plywood OFF of the chicken coop! Raccoons and weasels are smart and sneaky and can climb into vents etc.
  • Whether you’re buying a premade kit or creating your own DIY chicken coop from re-purposed materials (like we did for our first coop in the photo below)

Our first coop- $100 DIY chicken coop made with re-purposed materials

$100 DIY chicken coop made with re-purposed materials

Our 2nd & current coop (not finished!)

built for 30 hens & raised for increased roaming for snowy winters

Inspiration for chicken coops

Chicken Coop Ideas

from Trevor Made


Large chicken coop from the Garden Loft

Big chicken coop plans

Simple A Frame Chicken coop plans from Success with Poultry

Simple A frame chicken coop plans

One of the best places I’ve found for lots of chicken coops is the website BackYard Chickens

Chicken coop & duck pond

Hobbit Chicken Coops!!!

Oh I love these so much. You can buy them here from Hobbit Hole

Hobbit Chicken Coop Hobbit Chicken Coop & beautiful garden Hobbit Chicken Coop!

Construct 101 has a free pdf download for a large chicken coop

FREE chicken coop plans

Chicken coop plans with a garden roof from My Pet Chicken

Chicken coop with garden roof

Or you can buy this chicken coop with a garden roof

Chicken coop with garden roof

Chicken coop from Horizon Structures

The Garden Coop has some great chicken coop plans

Buy this gorgeous cedar chicken coop from William Sonoma

Gorgeous cedar chicken coop with planter

Re-purposed pallets as a chicken run from Ubiliorepurposed pallets chicken coop

Attainable Sustainable shows you how to build a chicken run

with pallets & use the top as a garden planter!

Pallet chicken run

Simple Living Country Gal

shows you how they converted a shed into a chicken coop

Shed turned into chicken coop

Great Chicken coop designs and plans #chickencoops #chickens #backyardchickens #chickenkeeping #chickencoopdesign

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