The A Frame Chicken Coop design, is a very popular design for a Portable Chicken Coop. This design is also available in some pre made models. Because it is an A frame it only really lends itself to keeping a small number of chickens, this style also makes an excellent rabbit hutch.


a frame chicken coop


Build Your Own A Frame Chicken Coop

The A Frame Chicken Coop is probably the easiest portable coop to build. If you decide to build your own Coop these two DIY programs are among the best available online. They come with PDF plans which you can easily download to get started right away. They both have money back guarantees.

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Good Chicken Runs are extremely important if you want to keep your chickens safe during the day when they are outside. Depending where you live, there are many predators that enjoy nothing more than a nice chicken dinner. Where I live we have to keep an eye out for coyotes which have now become so used to people and living near urban areas that our pets and hens have become a prime target. We also get raccoons in our backyard and hawks neither of which are adverse to trying to get a chicken either. If you live in the United Kingdom then it is possible that foxes are your biggest worry. Other than wild animals, keeping your chickens safe from the local cats and dogs is also something that you really should consider.  

While many Portable Chicken Coops come with chicken runs attached, many hen houses do not. It is however possible to purchase pre-built chicken pens some of which can be attached to a hen house or placed somewhere where you can easily put or entice your chickens inside. The smaller chicken pens that best suit the backyard chicken farmer are ones which are portable, so that you can give your birds a new feeding area every two or three days. 

If building chicken runs is not something that appeals to you, it is of course possible to buy them online. There are several different sizes and models which although they require some assembly, save you the bother of doing everything from scratch. The only drawback is that most of them have to be attached to a coop or hen house, which is specifically designed for that run. The one exception that I could find is the A Frame Run Alexandria Chicken Coops. If you decide to order this model by itself without the coop please specify when ordering.

Chicken run Chicken house

The Alexandria A Frame Chicken Run can be ordered as a stand alone chicken run. It is necessary to specify that you want only the run and not the Alexandria House Chicken Coop. If you decide to order both then the run is designed to be easily fitted to the house. This run comes in two sizes a 6 foot run and a 9 foot run. The hen house that partners with this particular run is the Alexandria House Chicken Coop. 

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chicken pen

Rating: ★★★½☆ 


Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Unfortunately there  is not a lot of choice when it come to buying pre-fabricated chicken runs in North America. The other ones that I have sourced are open at one end and can be attached to specific chicken coops. The smallest of these particular runs is the Ware Chick-N-Pen. This particular run measures 3ft. 4in. L x 5ft. W x 3ft. H. It is designed to fit the Ware Chick-N-Hutch.

Ware chicken yard


chicken barn

The Chick-N-Yard by Ware manufacturing is another chicken run that will add to the living space you provide for your chickens. This pen when assembled measures 3ft. 9in. x 3ft. 9in. x 3ft. 3in. H. The yard is designed to attach to the Chick-N-Barn which you can see above. The pen has side and end doors, is made of solid wood and has a non toxic red stain.

Small Chicken Coop Plans or Chicken Coop blueprints are readily available in DIY books and on the internet.  Many plans are sold online and can be easily downloaded in PDF format so that you do not not have to wait for your plans to arrive by mail. By downloading them you get instant access and can start building right away. Our four favourite programs are listed below, if you need more information on each one they can be found here. 

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Important Tips For Building A Chicken Coop

If you have decided not to buy a prefabricated ark but would rather learn how to build one yourself, there are a number of things that you should take into consideration before you rush out to source or purchase the plans.

Legal Stuff

Before you build your chicken house or start to keep chickens please make sure that you check with your municipality or town hall to ensure that it is legal for you to do so. I also recommend that you let you neighbours know so that you can address any concerns that they might have.

 What Size Coop?

Trying to decide on the best size can be quite difficult. We all know about battery kept hens which have so little space they can barely stand up.  I always want to try and make my hens as happy as possible, one of the really enjoyable things about keeping chickens is to see happy and contented birds. This information and product page is designed to help you to build a small unit.

The word small is relative, what is small to a farmer with several acres might be a model and run that is perfect for forty or fifty chickens. I am assuming however that you are looking for something in which to keep between 2 and 6 chickens. Just a reminder that chickens like company so always keep at least two. Try to provide your chickens with minimum of 4 square feet each if they are medium sized hens, more space is of course better. If you are thinking of keeping bantams then I think a bit less than that is OK.

What Type of Hen House & Location.

The type of hen house you want will depend upon the number of chickens you want to keep as well as the space you have available. If you have a limited garden area we suggest a portable model, if you have a much larger area in which to keep your chickens then you can of course build a more permanent house and run. A very important consideration is drainage. Make sure that your chicken house and pen is in an area that is well drained. Wet and muddy ground is not conducive for happy and healthy chickens.


Lighting is important to chickens. Try to position the coop in an area that does get some sun for part of the day. This will help to keep the house and nesting boxes dry. If you have really hot summers, then an area that provides some shade for the birds is also very important. If you have cold and damp winters then it is important to provide some artificial light which can also double as a heat lamp. You can also use infrared lamps. Just ensure that the lamp is properly installed.


Good ventilation is really important if you want to keep your chickens healthy. Good plans will take this into consideration. If you live in a windy area then you will want to ensure that your chickens get fresh air but not blasts of wind. You also want to make sure that the ventilation spaces are not large enough for small predators to get at your hens.

Nesting Boxes 

Comfortable and easily accessible nesting boxes are important. You want to provide your hens with enough room to comfortably lay their eggs, but they also need to feel secure as well. Having a few inches of space around them in the box will give them enough room to move around and settle down in, but will also help them to feel protected. Having a perch area available is also something that is important to them.

Easy to Clean

When you build your unit, I suggest that you use plans which are designed so that it can esily be cleaned. Easy access to the nesting boxes and to the rest of the coop is very important. the nesting material will need to be changed regularly. The droppings on the floor also have to be cleaned out on a regular basis as well. The easier it is for you to get into the hen house part itself the cleaner you will be able to keep it. A clean hen house will help to keep down the number of lice, mites and pests.


When you build your coop, take some time to consider what kinds of predators are likely to take an interest in your chickens. In the United Kingdom foxes and weasels can be a very troublesome predator.  Where I live in Canada, the odd coyote and raccoon are the biggest concern.  If you have predators that can climb or dig, take special precautions to prevent them from getting into the run. Wire mesh over the top will stop climbers. If you have “hunters” that dig, try a wire mesh skirt around the run held in place with paving stones. This is a particularly convenient way to give added protection to a chicken tractor.

There are several different resources for small plans. I particularly like some of the ones that are available online and that can be easily and instantly downloaded to your computer. Most of these are very reasonably priced. The problem is which one should you buy. Below are our favourite plans and blueprints. 

Chicken Coops for Sale UK. If you are looking for a Chicken Coop in the UK you are very fortunate to be living in a country that has some of the best chicken coop designs and quality workmanship available. The number of people in the United Kingdom who are interested in raising chickens and who keep small numbers of birds is huge. There is something about keeping chickens in the backyard which is reassuringly British. Fresh eggs for a "full English " are hard to beat. 

If you are looking for a chicken coop with an attached pen consider one of the fantastic ones below. These great wooden models are only three of a number of chicken coops you will find if you go through the links to the main page. These chicken houses can be assembled fairly easily with a screwdriver and adjustable spanner.

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The models made by this manufacturer are very well built and have been designed to keep predators at bay. If, however, you have particularly aggressive predators that are likely to dig under the run I recommend you attach a wire mesh "skirt" around the whole coop. This can be held in place by paving slabs or bricks. If you are really plagued by " diigging hunters" you might have to bury the mesh into the ground at least 12" deep.

The Kent Coop with Run    

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Kent coop with run

This is The Kent Chicken Coop with Run. As of writing this great Coop has a 5 star rating from 18 customers. As you can see it is made of wood which is actually a durable semi hardwood and is also the same type of wood used in several other designs offered by ChickenCoopsDirect. This particular model has a combined space of 19 square feet. The Kent is portable although you will need to have someone else to help you. The run can be detached from the hen house so that you can move your chickens to fresh pasture.

I really like the design of this coop because not only is it well built, but it is also easy to clean. As you can see from the photo above there is a tray which is easily removed for cleaning. The floor in the nesting box is slatted and it can be removed for cleaning  as well. The  roofs of both the main hen house and the nesting boxes can also be raised adding to the ease with which the inside of the coop can be accessed as well as cleaned. 

Other advantages of Kent Coop include ventilation windows, a raised hen house, a panel at the top of the run which opens allowing you to easily get to the feeding and watering stations. The Kent is well constructed with strong joints and has a solid professionally built look. 

The External Dimensions of the Run are: 162cm L x 82cm W x 75.5cm H for a total of 12.8 square feet.   The Nesting Box measures : 48cm L x 32.5cm W for a total of 1.6 square feet.                                         The House itself measures: 78cm L x 54.5cm W for a total of 4.5 square feet.

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The Devon Hen House with Run

Rating: ★★★★★ 

fantastic devon house

I think you will agree that this is a wonderful looking chicken coop and run. The Devon Hen House now comes with a run which can be either attached or placed up against the coop itself. Keeping the run detached enables you with help to more easily move the pen and house to different parts of your garden.  This is a convenient way to give your chickens fresh grass to eat thereby preventing bare patches in your lawn. 

The Devon is really well constructed and a lot of thought and planning has gone into its design. As with other models by ChickenCoopsDirect it is made with pressure treated semi hardwood. Care has been taken to ensure that the wood preservative used on all these models is animal friendly. This will ensure that your chicken coop will last for many years.

Similar to other coops from this manufacturer this model is incredibly easy to clean. A removable metal tray that can be easily washed is a huge time saver. The nesting box is easily accessible by lifting the lid. Collecting eggs, cleaning the box  and changing the nesting material could not be easier. The nesting box itself is divided into three "bedrooms" ensuring that your hens have a nice comfortable and safe place to lay their eggs. If they don't want to use the nesting box there are also three handy perches for them as well.

The hen house itself is raised off the ground, away from the damp and mud. The wooden legs sit on rubber soles to prevent rot from setting in.

The Run measures ( internal):  96cm L x 77.5cm W for a total of 8 square feet.                                      The nesting Box measures: 75.5cm L x 31cm W                                                                                          The Housing Area measures: 83.5cm L x 80.5cm W for a total of 7.19 square feet.

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The Sussex Chicken House

Rating: ★★★★★ 

typical hen house from sussex

This is the Sussex Chicken House and just from this photo alone you can tell that if you are looking for Chicken Coops for Sale UK, this has to be one you should consider.  This is an incredibly well designed and constructed chicken house. It provides an exceptionally large space of 17.6 square feet for your "girls". It is ideal for about three medium sized hens. Although it is not easily portable, i did contact ChickenCoopsDirect and they informed that it can be moved if you have one or two people to help you.

This particular hen house has been finished to the highest quality and an incredible amount of attention to detail has gone into making this wonderful coop. The house features large doors to the pen or run. It even has four windows made from perspex, your chickens will not only have light but they will also be protected from the wind and rain.

As you would expect this model has been designed so that it can be easily cleaned. It also features stainless steel locks and a raised sleeping area. There is a ramp to allow the chickens to get down to the run. The roof is also made of heavy duty waterproof materials.

The dimensions of the Run are: 172cm L x 59cm W providing 10.92 square feet.                                       The Housing area measurements are: 72.5cm L x 60cm W providing 4.68 square feet .                           The Nesting box dimensions are: 34cm L x 56cm W providing 2.05 square feet.

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Eco Coops

Rating: ★★★★½ 

If  you are looking for Chicken Coops for Sale UK and you are looking for an alternative to a wooden chicken coop, consider one that takes advantage of  98% recycled heavy duty plastic. The Eco Coops are an amazing alternative to a conventional chicken coop.  They are easy to carry, easy to move, incredibly durable, rot proof and easy to clean.

Chicken mites and other parasites have met their match with the Eco Coops. They can be easily dismantled, washed, even power washed and disinfected. The eco chicken House also has an optional run which can be easily attached to the front of the house, making it a great portable chicken coop.

medium eco house for two hens

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The Eco Coop featured above is the Eco Chicken House, there are other designs, sizes and colours of Eco Coop available. These are a fantastic and easily portable chicken coop and best of all these chicken coops are available in the UK.

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Books on Chickens

Poultry Books and Books on Chickens are a fantastic resource for information on keeping, breeding and raising chickens. There are many titles available. We have tried to narrow the field down for you so that you can find the best Poultry Books. Some of the titles we recommend go beyond information on chickens, they also have advice and tips on growing your own produce, recipes etc. You can't go wrong with a good book. 

For our customers in the United Kingdom we have also provided a link so that as well as shopping for chicken coops in the UK you can also easily peruse our list of recommended books. These are not just books on how to keep chickens, but we have also included recipe books and a list of the very popular River Cottage Books by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Among our absolute favourites in this collection is The River Cottage Cookbook which is a fountain of information on keeping chickens, pigs and other farm animals. This is one of the best books on "growing your own" and all around information that we have come across.


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For those of you who live in North America please see our list of fantastic books which are easily available to you. We have tried to find these at the best online prices we can.


the river cottage cookbook provides a raft of great advice

The River Cottage Cookbook is one that we highly recommend, especially if you are interested in keeping other animals besides chickens. This is not just a recipe book. Hugh Fearnely-Whittingstall who is a very popular food writer and broadcaster in Britain has written a book ( one of several in a series ) that anyone wanting to raise chickens, pigs, sheep and cattle in a small way will find very useful. It is engagingly written by someone who really makes you think about the responsibility we have towards the animals we raise and the land we live on.

Although this book is about small scale farming and cooking in Britain ( there are numerous recipes ) it has applications for the urban gardener anywhere. If you are interested in growing vegetables, raising chickens, cooking, mouthwatering recipes,  making sausages,  fishing etc. etc. this is a wonderful book. If you are an armchair "farmer" you will find many hours of enjoyment in these pages.

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Chicken House Plans Review

Hopefully our Review of the Chicken Coop Plans below will help you to decide on the best one for you. All of these plans are very good. They range from plans for a simple Portable A frame Urban Coop, ideal for keeping just a couple of chickens in the backyard to a couple of programs which give you a range of plans for different size coops. One gives you plans for building a coop that will allow you to keep up 50 chickens. If you have a good idea as to the number of chickens you want to keep, our reviews and recommendations will help you to decide on the best plans for you.

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Number of Coops Plans for One A frame style portable coop, which can be made to a larger size.Materials checklist & cutlist. Several plans ranging from an A frame coop for 4 chickens to a large one for 50 chickens. Also includes plans for a 2 story hen house.Colour step by step plans, scale diagrams & dimensions.
Bonus Materials Google Sketchup 3D file with guided assembly tour tabs, also the 3D viewer for Mac or PC.eBook on “Keeping the Letter of the Law” PDF document on checking town codes, involving neighbours, marketing materials etc.also marketing materials to submit to neighbours for approval.MS word document of the petition the designer used to submit to the permitting office. 4 free gifts. These are guides to:1. The Cheapest materials to build your coop. 2. The Best materials for the Ground. 3. How to build Nesting Boxes out of common materials.4.How to best Position your coop.The plans are in colour with handy detailed step by step instructions. Includes many useful construction tips and tips for keeping chickens.
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 Catawba ConvertiCoops

 This is our Top Choice for a Small Portable Coop


These plans cost the least. Simple to follow.

Cut list, materials list and illustration.

One basic design which can be scaled up or down depending on the number of chickens you want to keep.

Great for a Portable Backyard Urban Chicken Coop.

The A frame provides a coop and run in one design.

You only need a limited number of simple power tools.

Good plans available as an ebook, CD ROM or professionally printed.

3D Google Sketchup helps you to see a virtual coop in 3D so that you can see construction details.

The designer includes an eBook “Keeping the Letter of the Law” which walks you through the steps he and his wife had to go through to get permission to keep chickens in Wake Forest.

Free download even if you don’t buy.

MS Word document of the marketing materials he had to submit to his neighbours MS Word document of the petition he had to submit to the permitting office.

100% Satisfaction money back guarantee from the designer.


These plans are not designed for people who wish to build a large coop for lots of chickens. Plans for only one style of coop available.

Not suitable If you want to build a different style or much larger coop later on.

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Building A chicken Coop

    These Plans provide you with a number of different styles and sizes of Chicken Coop. If you want an A frame and might build something larger, up to 50 chicken capacity, at a later date,  this is for you.


No special tools required.

Colour step by step plans

Download to your computer & print the plans as needed.

Materials List and measurements

Several different chicken Coop plans I

ncludes Portable A frame style At least 5 different coop plans from a small portable to a large chicken coop and run for up to 50 chickens.

Handy if you decide to build a different coop in the future.

Very professionally laid out 4 Bonus PDF format ebooks  and other information on keeping chickens.

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If you only want to build one style of coop, you will have more plans than you need.

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Garden Shed Plans

What do you do if you decide you want or need a new shed, garden bench, dog kennel or even a barbecue cart?

If your answers are:
Go to the garden center and buy one,
Hire a reputable contractor
Buy a premade shed from lumbermills



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Chicken Coop Plans

Are you thinking of building your own Chicken Coop? Do you need some help with Chicken Coop plans and design ideas? If so, we are here to help you find the best chicken coop plan available online.

One of the great things about  computers and the internet is that blueprints and plans can be easily downloaded, enabling you to get started almost immediately. It is no longer necessary to wait for them to be mailed to you and as a bonus you don't have to pay for shipping or postage.

The other benefit with the great chicken coop blueprints we have sourced for you is that they are inexpensive and they come with a money back guarantee. Just check the details on the order page of the plans you decide to purchase.

Below we have plans which will outline how to build everything from a small portable chicken coop for just two or three hens to a large hen house and run which will accommodate more than 20 chickens.

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Tour de Coop

Chicken in coopIf you are interested in different chicken coop designs there are many resources available. Perhaps one of the most interesting and innovative chicken coop shows is in Cedar Rapids Iowa. It has been named the Tour de Coop, a fantastic name for what is sure to be a really interesting show. Cedar Rapids is not the only city to have a Tour de Coop, several other U.S. cities also have these tours. At the bottom of this post is a video from the Portland, Oregon 2010 tour. This excerpt from the Eastern Iowa Life will give you some idea of what visitors to the Cedar Rapids Tour can expect. Original article by Cindy Hadish

The 2011 Tour de Coop on Saturday, Oct. 8, will showcase six Cedar Rapids chicken coops and serve as a fundraiser to build a coop for the Cedar Rapids Animal Shelter, says Rebecca Mumaw of Cedar Rapids Citizens for the Legalization of Urban Chickens.

“It should be a fun time where families can tour various coops and talk with the owners about their coop designs and their style of raising hens,” says Mumaw, whose southeast Cedar Rapids coop is featured on the tour.

Original article and photos.

Apparently the coop which is going to be built for the Animal Shelter will a Portable Coop. This will enable it to be easily moved to future Animal Shelter sites. The Animal Shelter will use this Portable Chicken Coop to house stray and abandoned chickens as well as ones which have had to be removed from their owners.

Interestingly even Vancouver, Canada has a municipal chicken coop which is also used to house stray chickens. Vancouver recently enabled a by law allowing people to keep a few backyard hens.

The chicken coops on display at the Tour range from one which is a converted children's playhouse with an adjacent A frame run, two storey hen houses, a coop with a green roof,  (that is there is grass growing on the roof ) and even one which features carvings by the owner.

At the Tour de Coop the owners will be on hand to answer questions and give construction advice.

This is a fantastic idea and a show which other towns and municipalities might want to consider emulating. Keeping backyard chickens is becoming more and more popular in many urban areas so the interest in something similar the Cedar Rapids show is certain to find many enthusiasts.  Many urban and backyard chicken farmers would probably be very interested in building and exhibiting their designs for Portable chicken coops and other backyard styles of coop.

See here for great design ideas.

CHICKEN COOPSo many cities, towns and municipalities allow backyard chickens these days. Raleigh, North Carolina also has a Tour d'Coop similar to other Chicken Coop Tours held in other cities around America.

Most people keep chickens and erect backyard chicken coops so that they can have a ready source of eggs. Not everyones initial decision to keep chickens is made primarily to produce a source of food.

In a recent article by Mark Rutledge at The Daily Reflector he describes why Neal Brown and his wife decided to keep chickens. Original Article.

"Our granddaughters said they wanted either a pony or chickens,” Brown said. “We went with chickens.”

The retired railroad conductor went to work last fall on building a playhouse for granddaughters Sarah Ruth, 3, and Caroline, 5. The structure’s bottom half became an indoor/outdoor chicken coop this spring.Playing off the unique building’s dual purpose, an attached sign reads, “Chicks Over Chicks".

The four hens that the Brown's keep seem to be more like family pets. They are tame enough for the granddaughters to pick up and carry around.

The chickens have the run of the backyard and are somewhat destructive. Neal Brown has been obliged to fence off some of his plants to keep them from being disturbed by the hens. His one complaint seems to be that they don't want to eat weeds, but  are happy to eat everything else. Fortunately the eggs that is chickens produce appear to have made up for any inconvenience.

Many backyard chicken farmers will be able to identify Brown's complaint about the hens not wanting to eat weeds. However, the Browns and their grandchildren are not the first people to become attached to their hens and see view them as pets rather than as a source of food. Keeping chickens away from your plants is one of the great advantages of housing hens in a Portable Chicken Coop.

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