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Chicken Coop of My Dreams

I should have been knee deep in the fourth week of the Better Homes and Garden’s One Room Challenge – completely wrapped up in the home office disguised guest room. However, we decided to fulfill my husband’s long-time dream and brought home some baby chicks instead. I have never been a big fan of getting chickens because I just knew that they would be stinky and I didn’t want an eye-sore in my back yard.

So, the big condition of this decision ended up being this: If we were getting chickens, I was going to build them a beautiful coop.

Well, friends, I looked everywhere for cool coop plans. Ana White had some great options, but they were either a little small or not as cute as I had hoped. Then, I found it. The drop dead gorgeous Chez Poulet coop from Heather Bullard’s site.

Oh. My. Gosh. I needed it. But plans were only mailed – not ok with my current timeline that featured chicks doubling in size daily it seemed. So, I took a deep breath and decided to build my own WITHOUT ANY PLANS. My first time ever! I’ve always used plans for major builds. Always.

But this time, I was going to build a huge structure from scratch. So, if the following instructions are vague, please forgive me. I have hopes to draw up some legitimate plans for you with a true materials list, cuts, etc. Just know that with this being my first time going for it on my own, I messed up quite a bit with my cutting and planning! So, with that being said, let’s get into it.

chicken coop of my dreams
Cut and Assemble the Four Panels of the Main CoopFor this step, I used 3/4″ plywood sheathing and 2x4s, creating four separate panels that would be assembled together just like the cabin bed I built my daughter last spring. In that post, it actually fleshes out a lot of the details on how this portion is structured.

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