This DIY Farmhouse Chicken Coop is not your ordinary chicken coop!
Everything I've ever dreamed of in a chicken coop, and I'm picky!
The DIY Farmhouse Chicken Coop you've been waiting for! If you've been on the hunt for a chicken coop, whether you're a first time chicken owner or just looking to upgrade your current coop, look no further!
After months of research, the day I came across this DIY Farmhouse Chicken Coop plan on Pinterest was a glorious day indeed. I knew this was the one! This wonderful set of plans cost me under $15!! Yes, you read that correctly!
Morgan Creek Plans really knocked this set of chicken coop plans out of the park! It checked all the boxes for my idea of the perfect chicken coop: cuteness factor...check, strength...check, security...check, easy to clean...check, comfy for my girls...check, easy to customize...check, and the list goes on!
How I customized this already wonderful set of DIY Chicken Coop plans to best suite our flock
As I can not say enough, this set of DIY Chicken Coop plans from Morgan Creek plans are phenomenal!! As a perfect foundation for customization, these plans are easily modified to suite you and your flock's specific needs.
While the original plans accommodate 5 laying boxes on one side of the roosting area, I chose to duplicate this layout on the opposite side of the roosting area. This extremely simple modification created the needed space for 10 laying boxes, just right for my flock of 23!
I will explain the details of my simple modifications in the How-To guide below!! But first, I want to take a few moments to help you decide how big your coop needs to be in order to create the perfect coop for your current or future flock!
How to determine the best coop size for your chickens
Over the years I have searched, researched, chatted with fellow chicken owners, and tested my own theories in regard to the proper coop size and number of laying boxes per number of chickens.
I won't spend much time explaining my theories here, but I do want to guide you to what I have found to be one of the most inclusive resources for all of your chicken knowledge needs. Backyard Chickens is a wealth of information and community when it comes to all things chickens.
Here is a summary for you. The most common answer to the popular question, "How many nesting boxes per hen?", that allows for a roomy environment for your hens is 1 box to every 2-3 hens.
As I mentioned, I decided to go with 10 laying boxes for my flock of 23. I also added an additional roosting bar on the inside of the coop to make sure all my gals had plenty of room for their siestas.
Check out the video below or click here for the inside view of this sweet coop!
Without further adieu, a How-To Guide for following the most precious set of chicken coop plans, and how I personally accomplished this DIY project, await you just below!
Here I share my experience while following the Morgan Creek Chicken Coop plans. Make sure you get your set of plans from Morgan Creek Plans to accomplish this project!
I hope you enjoy this fun and rewarding project as much as I did! I have never slept so well knowing my feathery eggers are safe and sound! It is absolutely worth it!
Your DIY Farmhouse Chicken Coop: A two weekend project, well worth the time!
DIY Farmhouse Chicken Coop
Here it is, the Chicken Coop you've always dreamed of! And you can do it all yourself!! In this How-To Guide I describe my experiences, step by step, while following Morgan Creek Plans' excellent set of DIY Chicken Coop Plans.
The materials list and tools list below are representations of the products that I personally found to work well for this project. Your set of set of Morgan Creek Plans will describe the quantities of the material list items and the additional items you will need to complete your very own DIY Farmhouse Chicken Coop.
*Cost Estimate described below does not include the purchase of tools recommended for this project. The estimate is based on materials only.
*The tools described below are the tools I personally used while building my coop. I have linked the specific tools I used for this coop, and my other DIY projects, just in case you are interested in investing in tried and true tools for your long term DIY hobby.
- Heavy Duty T-Hinge
- Door Latch for Large Door
- Barrel Bolt for Small Door
- Hook & Eye Latches for Nesting Boxes
- 14" x 21" Windows
- Kilz 2 Primer: 1 Gallon
- Exterior Caulk
- Farrel Calhoun Exterior Paint in "Chapel Wall"
- Lumber & Siding According to Plans or Modified Plans
- Screw & Nails According to Plans or Modified Plans
- Metal or Shingle Roofing Materials
- *Automatic Door Opener: not required but a great upgrade for your coop
- Hardware Cloth for Exterior of Windows
- Metabo Framing Nail Gun
- Quick Connect Air Hose
- Air Compressor
- Circular Saw
- *Miter Saw: I do not have but will have, would have made this project much faster
- Table Saw on Wheels
- Cordless Drill/Driver Kit with Screwdriver/Drill Bit Set
- Heavy Duty Stapler
- Step Ladder
- Caulk Gun
- Protective Eye-wear
- Torpedo Level
- 48" Level
- Speed Square
- Tape Measure
- Tool Belt
- Paint Brush: My most favorite ever!
- Paint Roller Kit
- The first step of my DIY Farmhouse Chicken Coop project was to build the base. I made sure to assemble my coop base on a level surface. If you plan to modify your Morgan Creek Plans, like I did to have 10 laying boxes instead of 5, you will need to make your base 6' wide instead of 5' per the original plans.
- Next I placed my assembled base in the location where I planned to permanently leave my coop. This is a sturdy, well built and oh so heavy finished product, so I didn't want to move it again once I started standing the walls. I then made my wall cuts per my Morgan Creek Plans and laid them on the coordinating sides of the coop. This helped me to make sure I was not missing any cuts.
- I then assembled the front wall and nailed it to my coop base. When I built my front and rear walls, I made sure to include the duplicated nesting box framing on the right side of the coop. Also, if my newly nailed down front wall looks a little off plumb in this picture, it is. My front and back walls both looked like this until I installed my side walls and squared all the walls up well. As seen in this picture the front wall is framed up to accommodate the larger door for cleaning access to the coop.
- The back wall, as seen in this picture, is framed up to accommodate the chicken's access to the coop. After nailing the front and back walls to the base of the coop, I honestly struggled to install the side walls by myself (My sweet husband was on call this day or he would have definitely helped out.) It's not impossible to pull off alone, because I did it, but I highly recommend 2 people for the side wall assembly and attachment.
- Side walls installed, phew! All plumb and pretty! To achieve the extra five laying boxes, I duplicated the "Right Side Wall" from the Morgan Creek plans and omitted the "Left Side Wall".
- Here is a view of the back wall with the additional laying boxes on the right side of this picture. You can also see the smaller chicken door framing to the left of center on the lower portion of the rear wall here. By this point I had installed the roosting bars that the original plans had called for. I waited until later to the install the extra roosting bar, once I could see where it would best lay out on the interior.
- On to the roof structure! As seen in this picture here, I had framed up for the ridge of the roof. After the ridge was framed, I marked out the centers for the locations of the rafters as instructed by my Morgan Creek Plans. Check out the time lapse below or click here to watch me install the rafters!
- Next came the siding! Cutting the templates for the siding was the step that required the most skill with the saw. I had the hubs to thank for most of the great cuts on this portion the my project! I, of course, learned from a few mistakes. So, thankfully, my missed measurements were not at a loss. Making sure to pay close attention to the reverse measurements that came along with duplicating the nesting box side was a challenge for me, but oh so worth it!!
- As seen in this picture, with my sweet old pup, I used 3/4" treated plywood for the roof decking and the laying box lids. Even though I decided to go with a metal roof for my DIY Farmhouse Chicken Coop project, I wanted the extra insulation and sealing qualities that the decking offered. And boy am I glad I did! This hot Louisiana summer weather has surely been a good test!
- All primed and ready for paint! You'll notice I had also installed the nesting box dividers by this point. I recommend using a full gallon of primer if you use the T1-11 siding that is recommended in the Morgan Creek Plans.
- Here is a view of the rear of the coop. You can see the trim in this picture well. I used the same 3" wide trim for the fascia, around the windows, the edges of the coop, and around the doors. Prior to installing the trim, I made sure to install some hardware cloth over the screened portion of these cute little windows. This way it is safe to leave these precious little ventilation portals open, night and day, without fear of predators getting to my chickens.
- This picture shows the large door, with the X design that I just LOVE, and the laying box lids installed. The Morgan Creek Plans note this X design as optional because it's purely decorative, which is true, but I highly recommend not skipping this important design feature if you fell in love with the look of this coop like I did. It will completely change the aesthetic if you leave it out. So take the extra few minutes to build this charming design for the large door, you won't regret it!
- Metal roof installed, prior to ridge cap, and my furry supervisor is firmly settled in his self proclaimed spot. Clutch, my big ol' lab here, was quick to find the shade that the coop provided underneath. This has since proven to be a favorite, nice and cool, dust bathing place for my hens too!
- Here is the rear view showing the sturdy ramp for the chickens to access their new coop. I used treated lumber for this ramp with hopes that it will last as long as the coop itself.
- All done except for the front door latch! Isn't she a beaut!! Click here or watch the video below for a view of the inside! I still can't believe I was able to build this gorgeous Farmhouse Style Chicken Coop! Thank you Morgan Creek Plans for your chicken coop architecture expertise and a special thanks to the hubs for never getting tired of my endless projects!
I know one thing's for sure, If I can pull off this DIY Farmhouse Chicken Coop (with a little help from my husband), then you can too!! This is definitley a project that is worth the time! Two weekends traded off for a sound and beautitful chicken coop like this is a no-brainer in my book! I am also a little bit of a crazy chicken lady, but I have a feeling if you've made it this far then you may be too! Thanks for following along!! Here's to happy and healthy hens!!
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Chicken Coop rafter install time lapse video
Video of the inside of the Coop!
How stinkin' cute is this chicken coop?!
I know you and your chickens will love this DIY Farmhouse Chicken Coop for many years!
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Did you make the coop any bigger than the original plans (other than the extra laying boxes)? I am going to have about 15-20 layers soon and need to build a coop, but I’m concerned about this one being too small.
Thanks for reaching out! I actually kept the original size, just added the laying boxes.
Will your layers be free range or have a run other that their coop? If they will have an outdoor space, the coop can be 2-3 square feet per bird. And with the extra laying boxes, that actually adds more square footage as well.
I hope this helps! So excited for you and your new flock!
Where are the modified plans? Just making the base wider doesn’t give an updated material list.
I actually modified them myself, from the original plans that I purchased (linked in the post) through Morgan Creek Plans on Etsy. It was not hard to duplicate the extra laying boxes; I just mirrored the plans from the opposite side (on the original plans, the side with the nesting boxes, and duplicated materials accordingly).
I hope this helps! It is such a fun project, well worth the time and effort 🙂
Thank you for posting photos of your work as you built! We’re getting ready to build our Morgan Creek coop in the same way you built yours.
The plans say the coop uses 12″ x 18″ windows, but you list of needed materials says to use 14″ x 21″ windows. Did they change the plans since you built your coop?
Or I’m guessing you just placed your framing in a way that worked for the larger windows.
I like the idea of the larger windows, but I’m trying to make this process as easy as possible for my husband. 🙂 We’re new to owning chickens and I’m so thrilled he is willing to build me a coop.
Thanks so much for your help!
Yay!!! I’m so excited for y’all!!!!!
The plans I had actually had an option for the larger windows, so I was super thankful for that because I like the larger ones as well 🙂 the adjustments weren’t hard at all!
I suggest doing all of your framing cuts before placing any nails, and laying them out like a puzzle in the ground. That helps things go much smoother for sure, once you start building! I hope that helps 🙂
So so happy for you!!
Hi! I am having trouble finding g the 1x3x10 for the trim, that is good for exterior use. What type of material did you use? Thanks!
Hey there! Thank you for reaching out! I used an untreated material and applied several coats of exterior grade Kilz primer along with several coats of exterior paint. So far I see no signs of weathering and it looks great!
Where do you keep your chicken food and water?
I have weatherproof automatic waterers and feeders out in their run area. They also free range as well, but always have access to their run where their feed and water is located.
Here’s the link to the feeders I use, with the rain shield accessory: https://www.premier1supplies.com/p/kubic-poultry-feeders?criteria=Chicken+feeder
And I make my waterers with a 5 gallon bucket with a lid and valved cups: https://amzn.to/3xknCWE
Hope this helps! Thanks for visiting our page!
Thank you so much for putting this blog together and documenting your build and sharing it. I just bought the plans myself. I can’t wait to build this coop for my future (this spring!) chickens. I have a question about ventilation. Do you think I could somehow add vents high in the coop, above the level the windows sit? We get a lot of rain here and I feel like in the winter we’ll want ventilation for moisture to escape, but won’t want to have the windows open to let drafts and rain in during the winter.
Well as I’m reading through the plans, i see that on page 30 there is an option to add more ventilation. 🙂
So glad you will be customizing your plans to suite your ventilation needs! This is truly a wonderful, and versatile, chicken coop and we still love ours very much!
Congratulations on your future flock!! Please reach out any time if you need any chicken guidance! I am always happy to help!