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How to Build a Chicken Coop
A few years ago we purchased the oldest, ugliest small shed I’ve ever seen. We paid $75, which I thought was a lot for a piece of nothing, but hubby assured me that he could make something from it. When you are homesteading you don’t always have the best options so you make do with what you can buy or get.
Last year I told you how to build a chicken coop and how we had fixed up the inside to make it a nice little coop for our hens. Hubby invented a feeder and nests with scraps of wood and we used some old barnwood to create another layer of wall inside and make the door. We also used old feed bags to insulate the walls for wind protection.
This year we have expanded on how to build a chicken coop, and we’ve focused on fixing up the outside of the coop since we plan to sell our home soon. No one would be buying it if the coop still looked like it did! I was happy that it was a decent, functioning chicken coop, but the outside needed some TLC. Let me show you…
Ya, words aren’t really necessary to tell you how ugly that thing was. It worked though and we made due with it just fine until we could afford to fix it up!
In the last 3 years we also build a garage on our property. In the process of building, it was blown down, twice. (No, I’m not kidding.) We saved all the somewhat bent, scrap steel to be able to tin the chicken shed.
After just a day of work and buying a little more trim, the chicken coop now looks like this:
Much better don’t you think? We kept the old barn wood door on the front because it looks pretty neat and now it matches our garage and house! Since we used scrap steel for this project and only purchased trim we kept our costs very low. (And if you don’t happen to have scrap steel on hand because your garage didn’t blow down, you can always ask around or watch the bargain area at Menards!)
Learn more about Homestead Living and Raising Backyard Chickens! Did you want to learn everything you wanted to know about how to build a chicken coop? Here are some other articles on what to do once it’s built!