Building Cheap Chicken Coops: Creative Ways to Save Money

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Are you interested in building inexpensive chicken coops?

Look no further because I have some exciting tips and tricks for you!

With a bit of creativity and resourcefulness, you can create a cozy and affordable home for your feathered friends.

KEEP SCROLLING to discover how you can make your chicken coop without breaking the bank!

Key Takeaways

  • Building an affordable chicken coop is important before raising chickens in your backyard.
  • Recycled materials and scrap wood can create a functional and aesthetically pleasing chicken coop.
  • The nest box and security of the coop are essential to ensure the comfort and safety of your chickens.
  • If you are on a budget, it’s possible to build a chicken coop inexpensively by using the cheapest wood available and researching materials carefully before buying.

Why Backyard Chicken Keepers Need an Affordable Chicken Coop

Are you considering building inexpensive chicken coops? Congratulations! Raising chickens is a fun and rewarding experience. Not only do they provide fresh eggs, but they also make great pets.

chicken coop

“What’s so great about keeping chickens?” you may ask. Let me tell you a little SECRET according to an expert chicken keeper:

Keeping chickens can have many benefits, but there are important considerations to ensure that these mini dinosaur descendants are kept safely and sustainably,” notes experienced chicken owner Lance Turner (1).

With the generous benefits your feathered friends can bring you, the question arises: “How shall I produce my very own affordable chicken coop?” I’m about to show you.

But you should know that before bringing chickens into your backyard, ensure they have a safe and comfortable home. That’s where an affordable chicken coop comes in.

Let me tell you about the rest…

Use Recycled Materials

Building an affordable chicken coop doesn’t mean sacrificing quality. You can create a perfect coop for your chickens using RECYCLED materials.

Has any scrap wood lain around? Why not repurpose it into a simple chicken coop? Chicken wire can be a cheap and effective way to create a safe environment for your feathered friends.

Build The Nest Box

The nest box is an essential part of any chicken coop. It’s where your chickens will lay their eggs, so you want to ensure it’s comfortable and easy to clean.

hen laying eggs on a nest box

You can create a nest box from recycled materials or purchase one online. Whatever you choose, ensure it’s easily accessible for egg collection and cleaning.

Keep Your Chickens Safe

Chickens are prone to predator attacks, so securing your chicken coop is essential.

Use sturdy materials and ensure no gaps or holes in the coop that predators could sneak through.

Consider adding a lock to the door for added security. Your chickens will thank you for keeping them safe and sound.

Plan Your DIY Chicken Coop

Building a DIY chicken coop can be fun and rewarding if you’re feeling handy.

Plenty of plans and tutorials are available online to help you create the perfect coop for your backyard.

Using recycled materials and scrap wood, you can build an affordable chicken coop that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Low-Cost Chicken Coop

Whether you want to raise chickens for food or as a pet, you’ll NEED to build a chicken coop.

When it comes to building one, it all depends on your budget and what you want in a chicken coop.

If you want to raise chicken but are on a tight budget, you will want to look for the most inexpensive way to build a chicken coop, right? Luckily for you, it’s possible to make one on a budget.

Most people, especially novices, will probably consider buying one already built!

Considerations for Building or Buying a Chicken Coop

A chicken house isn’t like a birdhouse or a dog house. It’s more work involved in it than just slapping wood together. It requires roosts and a nest inside the house with proper ventilation.

RED chicken coop

Because of this, it isn’t cheap to find one. Your only other option would be to build one yourself!

Building a chicken coup will not be as easy as building a dog house or a birdhouse, but it will be much cheaper than buying one. In addition, it can be a great project to do with your entire family.

If you have never built a chicken coop, just planning it is SCARY. There is no need to fear, as many excellent chicken coop plans are available.

You can find them online or at a craft store. Each plan has detailed instructions and materials you must buy to build a chicken coop.

Some are available for free, and some charges a small fee. From my personal experience, I would recommend a paid plan as it is more detail-oriented.

The free plans are less informative, and the directions might be harder to follow, especially for novices.

Building a Chicken Coop on a Budget: Wood to Consider

But, if you can understand the basics, following the instructions and building a coop should not be an issue.

Since you want to build the chicken coup as inexpensively as possible, you will want to use the available CHEAPEST wood.

OSB woods is an engineered wood and much cheaper than plywood.

Yet, it doesn’t tend to last as long as plywood would. You can still find good quality woods by going to your local home improvement stores and buying off-cuts or used timber that the store has.

electric saw cutting wood

If one store doesn’t have used timbers, try to buy them at different stores. Who knows, by the end of your fifth visit to other stores, you’ll have enough wood to start your project.

If you still can’t find quality wood to build a chicken coup, another option would be to buy cheap lumber and coat them with water-resistance paint.

Quality wood will prevent the wood from being damaged by water and other outdoor element. You’ll have a sturdy and weatherproof chicken house by coating the woods with water-resistance paint.

2 Tips for Buying Quality Materials

As for other materials you will need, such as nails to hold the woods together, shingles or tins for the roof, and screens to keep predators out, are cheap to buy.

PRO Tip #1: Research materials carefully before buying

Remember that when purchasing these materials, you will not want to purchase materials that last only for a week.

So if it’s a couple of dollars more expensive, buy it since it will last longer.

For example, specific tins last only briefly because of the material used to build them.

PRO Tip #2: Have a detailed plan

So be sure to research the materials carefully before buying them, or it’ll cost you more later.

These are the BASIC materials you will need besides wood, and having a plan will be more descriptive of what you will need.

As you can see, building a cheap chicken coup is possible.

You will need to do more leg work and require more of your time searching for materials and other supplies, but in the end, it’s worth every penny!

Personalizing Your Chicken Coop

If you’re a backyard flock owner, you know a healthy, happy flock of chickens is important.

One way to ensure your flock stays healthy is to provide them with a comfortable and safe coop.

You can purchase a pre-made coop or build one from scratch, but personalizing it can be a fun and rewarding experience.

Creative Ideas for a Unique Look

To start, think about the overall structure of your coop. Does it have the right amount of ventilation and light? Is it predator-proof?

Once you’ve addressed these critical factors, you can focus on adding your personal touch.

Consider painting the exterior a bright and cheery color or adding unique features such as decorative trim or window boxes.

If you’re starting from scratch, you can get creative with the design of your coop. Some unique chicken coops have been built to look like miniature versions of homes, barns, or even castles!

You can also incorporate environmentally friendly features such as solar panels or rainwater collection systems to make your coop more sustainable.

For those working with an inexpensive coop, don’t worry – there are still plenty of ways to personalize it. Adding fun accessories like a colorful flag or hanging plants can make a big difference.

You can also create custom signs or nameplates for your coop, making it unique.

Finishing Touches

Finally, don’t forget about the interior of your coop. Ensuring your chickens have a comfortable and clean space to roost and lay eggs is important for their overall health.

Add nesting boxes with soft bedding or install a fan to keep the air circulating.

Personalizing your chicken coop is fun and can make a big difference in the happiness and health of your flock of chickens.

With some creativity and thoughtful planning, you can create a beautiful and functional coop that is uniquely your own.

Now, before I answer any frequently asked questions, feel free to inspect this brilliant YouTube video on creating a DIY chicken coop (you CAN’T miss this):

Expand your poultry housing knowledge by perusing our helpful guides “How to Build a Chicken Coop,” “Chicken Coop Online,” and “Chicken Coop Plans,” indispensable resources for anyone interested in crafting a comfortable haven for their chickens.


1. What materials are best for building an inexpensive chicken coop?

Recycled or reclaimed materials such as pallets, old sheds, or scrap wood are great options. Chicken wire or hardware cloth can be used for fencing.

2. How much space do I need for my chickens in a low-cost coop?

chickens inside a coop

Each chicken requires about 4 square feet of coop space and 10 square feet of outdoor space. A small flock of 4-5 chickens can be housed in a 4′ x 8′ coop.

3. What should I consider when building an inexpensive chicken coop?

Location, accessibility, predator-proofing, ventilation, and lighting are vital considerations. Plan for future expansion if desired (2).

4. How can I keep costs down when building a chicken coop?

Look for free or low-cost materials, use simple designs, and repurpose items. Consider building a smaller coop or starting with a small flock to decrease costs.


Building inexpensive chicken coops is not only a way to save money but also an opportunity to create a unique home for your feathered friends.

Using recycled materials and scrap wood, you can create a cozy and comfortable environment for your chickens without breaking the bank.

However, it is important to ensure your coop is safe and secure by using sturdy materials and closing all gaps or holes to prevent predators from attacking your chickens.

Also, when planning your DIY coop, it is essential to consider the nest box, where your chickens will lay their eggs, and ensure that it is easily accessible for egg collection and cleaning.

Following these tips, you can create an affordable and functional chicken coop to keep your chickens happy and healthy.

Building a chicken coop is not just about the result but also the process, so have fun and enjoy the experience with your family and friends.

With some creativity and resourcefulness, you can build a chicken coop that looks great and provides a safe and comfortable home for your feathered friends.

Until next time…

a hen house


1. Turner L. Birds of a feather: Adding chickens to your sustainable backyard. Sanctuary: Modern Green Homes [Internet]. 2021 [cited 2023 Feb 23];86–91. Available from:

2. Karcher DM, Mench JA. Poultry Housing – an overview | ScienceDirect Topics [Internet]. 2018. Available from:

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