As someone who has never made a chicken coop, to plan out building one is quite an overwhelming task. After doing a lot of research I’ve decided to start as basic as possible to simplify the process. I am going to walk you through what I went through when I decided I wanted a chicken coop in my backyard.
I started by looking up all sorts of designs online and took note of features and designs that caught my eye. After much time staring at pictures of chicken coops I was ready to put this into action. I grabbed some paper to start a rough sketch the dimensions and materials can come later. I am very detail oriented so I kept getting caught up in details and worried about making a mistake before I even started. So I am just strictly focusing on the design and minor features. The logistics can come after.
I created this sketch based off where I live which is the Oregon coast. I wanted something that would be small but with plenty of room for two or three laying hens in a residential area. They will be able to roam outside in the backyard during the day and help rid my garden of pests, eat the dandelion greens, etc. I also wanted it to be sustainable and plant chicken friendly treats and herbs around it and experiment with making the roof of the chicken coop a planter. My garden is important to me and I have a decent amount of space, but I want to make every square foot count.
I also want to incorporate a door into the chicken coop for two reason. 1) So I can easily get in and access the chickens for cleaning their coop and placing fresh bedding down. 2) I plan on letting the chickens roam my yard during the day so having a nice big door to let them get in and out of would be great. I am also making my coop two stories so they can have more walking room and sleep up on the second floor.
I hope this can help you get started on your path to having your own chickens it can be quite rewarding.