This is easily the most typical type of chicken coop that beginners might want to start out with. The design is simple but it has everything that you’ll possibly need. A chicken coop of this size is usually suitable for rearing 2-4 chickens however. You have 2 nesting areas here, a slide out tray for cleaning the litter, an access ramp from the ground into the coop, wire mesh to guard against predators, an asphalt roof that’s waterproof and 2 access doors for cleaning purposes. There are quite a few of these real life examples of the same design being used. Why the popularity? Because it’s simple, it’s effective and it works.
The chickens here are a getting a little too big though. To account for this, you might want to start off with a coop that’s slightly bigger in size compared to this. All you have to do is to add a few extra panels of wood and perhaps an additional nail or two. It really doesn’t cost much.
Typically, a coop of this size can easily fit 2-4 chickens. The lid that can be opened at the left side will allow you to collect the eggs from the nesting area.
Here’s another example. As you can see, it’s getting a little crowded here for the chickens and this can be bad for their health. You may want to start off with a coop that’s bigger if you have the space so that you don’t have to worry about issues like that if you want to rear more chickens in the future.
It simply costs a little extra and you can save up a lot of time and effort on any potential future expansion.
Larger Coops For Business
If you wish to turn this into a business, you could also build a coop that’s much larger in size and capacity, but that’s probably for later.
Rearing Chickens As A Fun Hobby
If you want to get your kid involved in a useful and fun hobby, you could also paint up the chicken coop and turn it into a mini one. This could turn into a highly profitable hobby once you have learnt how to create the optimum environment for your chickens to lay eggs in a consistent manner.
Additionally, if you enjoy the company of animals, instead of pet dogs or cats, you could have pet chickens, which could make you some money from selling off their eggs.
This medium-sized chicken coop is more organized compared to the above and you can attempt to build one of this size once you’re more experienced in this. There are quite a few rows of nesting areas and the eggs can be easily collected by just lifting off the lid and retrieving them, as shown on the left picture.
For those who don’t mind spending a little extra effort on their coops, you could make the nesting areas more snuggly as shown here. The more care and attention you give to your chickens, the healthier they will be and when that happens, you’ll find that they’ll start to lay eggs a lot more often as well.