13 Free DIY Chicken Coop Plans

chickens in a coop

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These free chicken coop plans will help give your chickens a nice safe home where they can flourish. A good chicken coop will make your chickens happy and laying lots of eggs.

Building a chicken coop is a fairly simple weekend woodworking project. The free chicken coop plans below show you how to build a chicken coop and include blueprints, material lists, and building instructions, making it an easy and low-cost option over buying a chicken coop.

chicken coop illustration

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These free chicken coop plans are available in a variety of sizes ranging from very small to large hen houses. Most of the plans can be altered to change the size of the final chicken coop as well or can be used as chicken coop ideas and inspiration.

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    Urban Chicken Coop Plan

    A red and green chicken coop

    The Tangled Nest

    This free plan will help you build a small chicken coop that's perfect for your backyard. It's a 6x3 raised coop with an outside area to keep your chickens active and happy. Photos and diagrams, along with a very cool infographic, will help you build this chicken coop.

    Urban Chicken Coop Plan from The Tangled Nest

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    The Palace Chicken Coop

    A brown chicken house with chickens in it

    Steamy Kitchen

    Here's a free chicken coop plan called "The Palace" that may be small in size, but is big in style and function. It would look great in an urban environment but also be right at home in the country. Lots of photos, diagrams, and blueprints will get you started building this chicken coop palace in no time.

    The Palace Chicken Coop by Steamy Kitchen

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    DIY Chicken Coop Plan

    A photo of a blue and white chicken coop with room to roam

     Lady Goats

    Lady Goats has designed this free chicken coop plan based on a $2,200 one from Williams Sonoma. You can build it yourself for much less.  This small chicken coop has a run with a green roof and would fit into the smallest of backyards. Building instructions and lots of color photos will help you turn this dream chicken coop into a reality. 

    DIY Chicken Coop Plan from Lady Goats

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    Shed Chicken Coop Plan

    A photo of a blue and gray chicken coop

     Ana White

    Ana White has designed a free chicken coop plan that's made in the shape of a basic shed. It has two doors (one human-sized and the other chicken-sized), a window, and a nesting box.  The plan includes a shopping list, building instructions, diagrams, color photos, and user-submitted builds based on the plan. 

    Shed Chicken Coop Plan from Ana White

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    Free Chicken Coop Blueprints

    Picture of a chicken in a chicken coop


    This free chicken coop plan is for a stationary chicken coop that's very easy to build and quite weather-resistant. Jared Skye offers some great tips for building a coop. The free PDF file of the free chicken coop includes a material list, building instructions, and blueprints.

    Free Chicken Coop Blueprints from Lovetoknow

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    How to Build a Chicken Coop

    A red chicken coop in a backyard


    You'll be able to house eight chickens with this free chicken coop plan with extra room for storage and a hatchway. This free chicken coop plan includes lots of details including plans from all different sides, details about measurements, a material list, nesting box plans, and information about how to install ventilation.

    How to Build a Chicken Coop from BuildEazy

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    Free Chicken Coop Plan

    A yellow chicken coop

    Downeast Thunder Farm

    Downeast Thunder Farm has a lovely free chicken coop plan that builds a 4x8 chicken coop that includes a yard, run, clean outdoor, and electricity. Download the free chicken coop plans as a PDF file for blueprints. There are also plenty of construction pictures to help you out.

    Free Chicken Coop Plan from Downeast Thunder Farm

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    Portable Poultry Pen

    A\ A Frame Chicken Coop

    Ana White

    This free chicken coop plan is super easy to put together because it's primarily made out of PVC pipes. There are three different styles of PVC chicken coops available here including a smaller, portable option that would fit in a backyard.

    A Frame Chicken Coop Plans from Ana White

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    Free Chicken Coop Plan

    An elevated chicken coop


    This free chicken coop plan is adorable! You could paint it any color but it looks great in red. The woodworking plans at MyOutdoorPlans are easy to follow because they provide exploded, detailed views of, in this case, a chicken coop. This chicken coop measures 72" long and 48" wide and sits slightly elevated. It should take less than a day to build. 

    Free Chicken Coop Plan from MyOutdoorPlans

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    A-Frame Chicken Coop

    A wooden a-frame chicken coop in a yard

    Ana White

    If you're looking for a budget-friendly chicken coop to build, this free plan can be used to build one for under $100. As an added bonus, it's even portable. This free chicken coop plan includes a shopping list, tool list, written instructions, diagrams, and photos. You can also see other people's comments and photos who have used this plan to build their hens a haven.

    A-Frame Chicken Coop from Ana White

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    How to Build a Chicken Coop

    An illustration of a red chicken coop

    Home & Garden Plans

    This chicken coop will hold 18 chickens who will have access to a fenced area, an indoor area, and nesting boxes for 3 hens. This very detailed DIY chicken coop plan includes diagrams, videos, and a cut list. It will take you through each step of building the chicken house including how to build the nesting boxes, perches, litter tray, run, and much more.

    How to Build a Chicken Coop from Home & Garden Plans

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    Portable Chicken Mini-Coop Plan

    Creative Brief - Nature and Wildlife
    Marcia Straub / Getty Images

    This portable chicken coop plan will make a quick day project because it incorporates an already built barn-style doghouse along with fencing to create a haven for your chickens. The price is right too, with the material list coming in under $100.

    Portable Chicken Mini-Coop Plan from Mother Earth News

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    Chicken Coop Plans

    A red chicken coop

    HGTV has a complete chicken coop plan that consists of a raised coop enclosure that fits six chickens, a walk-in run, storage, windows, and an external egg collection.​ Download the 9-page PDF plan that includes diagrams, color photos, and step-by-step building instructions. The plans even include how to turn the chicken coop into a shed if you decide chickens aren't for you.

    Chicken Coop Plans from HGTV