With the growing popularity of raising your own chickens, many backyards are now home to flocks of chickens. If you’ve got an old wooden shed in your backyard, having a home for your own flock could be just a few steps away. How about converting your shed into a chicken coop?
Here are the basic steps for converting a wooden shed into a chicken coop.
The Doors and Windows
The first part of your wooden shed to concentrate on is the doors.
Chickens will need fresh air during the day, so build a wire door to insert inside the main door frame. At night you can close the door, but during the day, you’ll want to have something wire or mesh opened so the chickens can have air and sunlight.
Next, concentrate on the windows. Leave the glass on the window frames and if you don’t have screens, add them to the windows so you can let fresh air in, but still have the option to close the windows at night and during inclement weather.
Having secure windows and doors will keep predators at bay as well.
Next, you’ll need to build some shelves on each side of the coop.
Consider where the chickens will be roosting and make sure the shelves allow room for waste to hit the floor instead of a shelf underneath.
Spread hay on the shelves to help keep waste under control and allow for chickens to properly roost comfortably.
You’ll want to make enough boxes on the shelves so they can lay eggs individually.
In the front of the shelves, nail boards and separate spaces for each chicken, making the separate boxes for nesting.
Each shelf should also have a small ramp allowing the chickens to walk down easily.
Underneath the shelves, on the floor, you can store items such as lidded food buckets and small cages.
On the side of the wall inside the door, hang a tool caddy for your shovel and gloves.
If you have room, build a cabinet area for hay storage on one side of the chicken coop. You’ll need to put doors on this area so the chickens won’t get inside and mess it up. The clean hay is for clean up and nesting. Throw down some fresh hay and scrape chicken waste outside for use as mulch or put it in your compost area.
Fresh Air Coops
There are many variations on converting a wooden shed into a chicken coop.
In some parts of the country, where there might be a danger of overheating due to warmer climate, you can open up the shed to more fresh air by building a fresh air coop.
A fresh air coop has the same basics, but with mesh walls instead of wooden walls. To do this you would remove one or two of the wall panels on your shed (not all the walls) and install hardware cloth to give your chickens more open air space.
How Was this Shed Converted into a Chicken Coop?
A ridge vent was purchased and added. This allowed for more ventilation.
Two windows were added.
A customized pop door was made in the rear of the shed for the chickens to use.
The interior was customized to allow the chickens to be able to nest and sleep.
Most Common Designs of a Chicken Coop
- Easily have the space to fit at least eight chickens
- 4.5 sq ft (0.4 sq m) of space per chicken
- Three nests shared between eight chickens
- 9″ of perch length for each chicken
The Many Benefits of a Chicken Coop Shed
Converting your shed into a chicken coop can be easy and cost effective. With a little bit of time and just a few dollars, you could have that old shed turned into a chicken coop in no time!