DIY Chicken Coops Even Your Neighbors Will Love

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The thought alone of a neigh­bor build­ing a home­made chicken coop in their back­yard is enough to make most peo­ple cringe. Per­son­ally, I love the idea of keep­ing chick­ens in the backyard—what bet­ter way to teach your kids where food comes from? Of course, my fam­ily lives on a farm and the near­est neigh­bor is over a mile away.

Rein­vent­ing the Chicken Coop, a new book from award-winning design­ers Kevin McEl­roy and Matthew Wolpe, may be just the ticket for urban dwellers long­ing for a brood of hens to call their own. The book fea­tures 14 com­plete build­ing plans for DIY chicken coops that range from func­tional to fab­u­lous. Build one of these in your back­yard and chick­ens just might end up becom­ing the neighborhood’s lat­est must-have accessory!

Reinventing the Chicken Coop: 14 Original Designs with Step-by-Step Building Instructions

Pick up a copy of Rein­vent­ing the Chicken Coop: 14 Orig­i­nal Designs with Step-by-Step Build­ing Instruc­tions for $15.28 at!

  • Sarah Chetrit

    I want one !!

  • Liv­ing Design Magazine

    what a great idea, very clever. I think that would make a great rabit pen too.

  • Erin

    In doing chicken coop research, my hus­band and I came across this book– very unique coop designs! We even­tu­ally chose a Scratch­coop. It was a happy medium for us (with a brand new baby) between assem­bled and DIY. The coops pieces come pre-cut, along with all the hard­ware. The coop is amaz­ing! Sleek and mod­ern look­ing with a pitch roof– per­fect for our mid cen­tury mod­ern aes­thetic. It houses 3–5 hens and comes with a run if you choose. Check it out at

  • Bri­ana Nichele Mateo

    I live in down­town Savan­nah with no space but this looks so sim­ple and makes me want chick­ens now!

  • sta­cia

    I loved all the designs in this book, but very few of them were win­ter­ized and a few were not preda­tor proof enough. So a great book just for inspi­ra­tion or if you live in the urban south (with few predators).

  • cjb

    Win­ter­ized?? I live N of the Mason Dixon line and don’t add any­thing to my coop for the win­ter.… My first coop (2 years) was an arched cat­tle panel cov­ered in a sheet of plastic.…