Our plans for building a chicken coop turned into a bigger construction project than we anticipated. When building a chicken coop you want to take into consideration how many chickens you will have, a plan for nesting boxes, perches, a door to a run and possibly an automatic door opener.
Building A Chicken Coop
I originally asked my dad to help me build a small chicken coop that was cheap and small. This chicken coop from Wayfair and this red coop from Amazon was on my wish list. Needless to say, our chicken coop came out a little bigger than we planned.
The day I saw a truck load of wood being delivered, I knew it wasn’t going to be small. The 2×4’s and 2×10’s that were delivered were enough for a small house.
Do you remember the pool pump building from last year that we built to enclose all the pool equipment? Our walk in chicken coop is next to it. My son was actually very helpful and has enjoyed helping my dad build the coop.
My son had been asking for chickens since last Spring but as many of you know, life was insane a few years ago and I just couldn’t wrap my head around something else to take care of.
You know how it goes when a kid wants an animal, YOU as the parent end up taking care of it.
Chicken Coop Design Ideas
The chicken coop I designed was originally not a walk in chicken coop. It was small and under $500!
I showed my dad a few pictures of the coops I liked and his response was, “how is that going to survive in the winter?” My dad always thinks big and sturdy so he took it upon himself to build a chicken mansion that you could walk into.
Large Chicken Coop Plans
He also decided to make a roof covered “indoor chicken pen” for the chickens during the winter months so they wouldn’t have to go in the outdoor pen if they didn’t want to! No joke.
The right side of the coop below shows the opening for the indoor chicken run that will have wire walls.
We only have 7 chickens and I do not plan on getting anymore at the moment. We have 4 Silkies, 2 Americana’s and 1 Speckled Sussex.
I have to say, I love DIY projects and I have been helping my dad build and renovate since I was a kid but one thing I am not a fan of is roof work.
Framing the Walk In Chicken Coop Roof
Framing the roof of our walk in chicken coop and walking around on staging isn’t my favorite thing to do.
Thankfully my dad called in the reinforcement troops to add the plywood to the roof and shingle it.
Related: See the inside of the chicken coop here
My dad is almost 70 years old and my mom was ready to kill him (and me) for the work we did do on the roof.
RELATED: Don’t miss our inside chicken coop tour progress and nesting boxes
The Silkie chickens are like little pets. They love to sit on your lap.
Stay tuned, the roof completion post is coming soon and hopefully we get the windows and doors installed quickly so the chickens can get out of my garage. They are currently in a makeshift dog kennel – dog crate setup which is getting too small. The DIY walk in chicken coop needless to say, turned into something a lot more than just a chicken coop but hopefully we can get the chickens moved soon. They are smelly now!