Many people build their own chicken coops these days. Some chicken owners also happen to be woodworking hobbyists who truly enjoy the work of creating a wood structure themselves or are simply looking to save money. A DIY coop can cost as little as $200 — compared to about $500 for a pre-built coop. Dan Kennedy’s “Make Your Own Chicken Coop” provides designs and plans that even a DIY novice can easily follow. This guide is a perfect match for anyone who’d like to house up to eight chickens. You should definitely use this guide if you’re looking to get a few chickens but don’t want to pay the price for a pre-made hen coop.
With this guide, there was no guess work about the materials needed and I was able to build my very own small coop during a weekend and at a fraction of the cost of a pre-built coop! So my family was very proud about my achievement, and my son even added a blue coat of pain on the coop doors for the extra touch. I was very satisfied with how it turned out.
Although I didn’t find the video very helpful, I believe that the blueprints with the price of materials attached is more than worth your money alone. The bonus “Caring for your chicks” guide wasn’t a precondition for me, as I had a previous knowledge on the subject. I read it and for a novice it will come in handy in the future. Dan’s willing to help attitude really made the decision for me. I was really nervous to build my own coop but, I knew I had nothing to lose.