If you’re thinking about starting out with your hen coop project, you should be aware that the process won’t be quite as easy if you are a first timer. Firstly, you will need very specific instructions with illustrative pictures, if you ever wish to finish a fully functional coop of your own. With that in mind, there are tons of chicken coop designs and blueprints that can be found over the internet. Like everybody, my initial search began by finding some of these online “for free” plans but you should be vary of the general quality of these.
The plans that you’ll need should come with:
- A list or table of the tools and materials needed to build it
- Detailed structure features
- The exact measurements of each component and each compartment
- Step-by-step instructions preferably with illustrations on how to put everything together to form the structure
A DIY coop can cost as little as $200 — compared to about $500 for a pre-built coop. John White’s “ChickenCoopGuidec.com” provides designs and plans that even a DIY novice can follow with no hassle. You should definitively use this guide if you’re looking to get lots of chickens but don’t want to pay the price for a pre-made coop. In this guide you get 19 different chicken coop plans so you can choose between small or large chicken coop, depending on number of chickens you want to raise. All blueprints come with full material lists that you can take to your local hardware shop so they can prepare and saw everything to the right dimensions for you, step-by-step walkthroughs and full-color illustrations.
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My findings so far were that most of these seemingly “free” online designs were far from complete, so I wouldn’t suggest spending hours to look for “free” plans. I’d looked for the best-selling ones that have actual user reviews before I invested in them. I highly recommend this guide, because there was no guess work about the materials needed and I was able to build my large coop during in a few days and at a fraction of the cost of a pre-built coop. My family was very proud about my achievement and I was very satisfied with how it turned out.
Although I don’t think that only 19 blueprints are enough to choose from if you plan to build additional ones in the future, I believe that the blueprints with the price of materials attached is more than worth your money alone, especially if you really like one of the 19 coops provided. Furthermore, I like the fact that this 19 chicken coops are all different dimensions and designed to accommodate a different number of chickens so that you can pick one that is perfect for your needs. The bonuses weren’t a precondition for me, as I had a previous knowledge on the subject, though I read it and for a novice it will come in handy in the future.