If you’re just starting out with your coop building, you should know that the process will not be easy, especially for first timers. Very specific instructions with illustrative pictures will be needed if you ever wish to build a fully functional coop of your own.
With that said, there are tons of chicken coop plans that can be found over the internet. There’s no doubt that you can easily find some of these online for free but you should be vary of the general quality of these.
The ideal plans should come with:
- Detailed features of the structure;
- A list or table of the tools and materials needed to build it;
- The exact measurements of each component and each compartment;
- Step-by-step instructions (with illustrations) on how to put these resources together to form the structure.
Most of these seemingly “free” chicken coop designs will be far from complete. That much is for certain so I wouldn’t suggest spending hours and hours of your time to look for “free” plans only to run into obstacles like unclear instructions or lack of details in terms of the materials to be used etc. This can be very discouraging (I’ve been there) and you’ll end up with a half-built project after spending days on it. There will be nobody to tell you what to do next with it. In all likelihood, you’ll have to scavenge what you can from it and start again from scratch with a (hopefully) brand new well-reviewed plan.
So, instead of wasting your time trying to find these free designs, I’d suggest that you look for the best-selling ones that have actual user reviews before you invest in them. There are plenty of these being sold today but this is the one that I’d have used and that I highly recommend:
This should be your first choice if you’re completely new at this. This guide teaches you the fundamentals of building a coop and it also includes some very user-friendly instructions and fully-colored diagrams to follow. Various angles of the diagrams are also provided so that you’ll know exactly what the instructions are referring to.
There’s also a list included together with each design that details down the materials that you need along with the required dimensions. If you’re not that comfortable with woodworking (or you’re feeling lazy), you could just bring this list to your hardware store and have them saw everything up for you according to the listed measurements. I personally prefer doing all of this myself simply for the sense of satisfaction knowing that I’ve built the entire coop on my own.
This guide focuses a lot on getting it built at the lowest cost possible so it’s great if you’re on a budget. Plus, it has some very creative methods for building the nesting boxes using recycled materials.
These designs range from beginner level coops, which can fit less than 10 chickens up to extensive commercial-grade coops that can easily house well over 50 chickens at any one time. There’s also a chicken raising guide included as a bonus which teaches you how to care for your chickens and what you need to expect while managing all of them. So far, this particular resource has got the most abundant and best reviews by its users. You can check out some of the user reviews here.
*I’d like to also point out that this product has a 60-day refund policy so if you’re dissatisfied with it in any way, you can get a full refund so it’s really a no-brainer.