How to Make a DIY Chicken Coop with Recycled Materials

Guest Post: By Nikki Dudley from nooks & cranny

Would you like to know how to build a DIY chicken coop for under $300?

Queensland’s newbie hobby farmers Nikki and Luke of DIY renovation blog nooks & cranny set their sights high with plans to build a grand chicken coop of recycled materials. After watching a few Better Homes and Gardens episodes and scouring Pinterest boards Nikki said she knew exactly what she was after, an American barn red coop with a white diamond barn door to be quite specific. “How hard could that be to make,” she laughs. Today Nikki is sharing how to do it with a great guest blog post.

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The chicken coop now nicknamed by our readers “Canungra’s Carlton Ritz” and the “Hilton Henhouse” started simply by measuring the site and preparing the holes for treated pine posts which we sourced from family (second hand) and had left over from an old fencing project. For added security, we also installed timber sleepers from our garden bed to reinforce the edging and stop snakes and rodents digging their way inside. (Fingers crossed).

Once the final posts, beams and rafters were installed (using pounded earth, not concrete for future sustainability), Luke sourced corrugated iron roof sheeting from a seconds yard (for $70) and went on to lay the fibre cement sheeting for the exterior walls. This was a much cheaper alternative to weatherboard – which was what I originally had my heart set on.

How to make a DIY chicken coop

How to make a DIY chicken coop

How to make a DIY chicken coop

Whilst Luke was busy creating a barn door from form ply in the top shed, I was applying a vibrant red paint and hoping the neighbours would approve. After five decent coats, it came up a treat, and the neighbours loved it (and the weekly eggs they now receive).

Once the dual barn doors painted white were hung the coop certainly came together (quickly). We also installed aviary wire around the run and to the back of the door for added rodent protection.

To finish off the coop, Luke made two very cute bespoke nesting boxes from an old pallet we found in the shed, and I tried my hand at a bamboo ladder. Though I must admit I don’t think the hens use it much.

how to make a DIY chicken coop

How to make a DIY chicken coop

How to make a DIY chicken coop

how to make a DIY chicken coop

Three months of pottering away on the coop, the area has now been landscaped with lavender and paper daisies and is now awaiting a sliding side door, which we also aim to fix using recycled tracks and rollers.

The overall cost of the project was around $300, however we both feel the real beauty in this project is the fact we were able to recycle so much – which only enhances the rustic, country feel we’d hoped for.  You can now follow the step-by-step process in six blog posts over on nooks & cranny and/or purchase their ‘How to make a Barn Door’ instructional plan.
All images by nooks & cranny
Nikki is one half of the nooks & cranny renovation duo :: A DIY renovation blog aimed to inspire and assist enthusiasts create beautiful homes (on a budget).

how to make a DIY chicken coop


  1. Fay Droste on October 5, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Linda this your new Chook Chateau? ?? 😀

  2. nooks & cranny on October 5, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Thanks so much Helen for sharing our coop – you’ve made our Monday!

  3. Recycled Interiors on October 5, 2015 at 10:55 am

    no idea why it tagged Linda!

  4. Recycled Interiors on October 5, 2015 at 10:55 am

    thank you for sharing it!

  5. Zee Kypros on October 5, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    George the chickens said they would like this please

  6. Sharyn Williams on October 7, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    the majority of our chook house my hubby built was from recycled materials (hardwood, old windows which are on the other side of the chook house), tin roofing etc. we Love recycling materials to make something new 🙂

  7. Recycled_Interiors on October 8, 2015 at 7:21 am

    shSharyn Williams sounds wonderful and who needs new stuff for the chook house! look much better recycled 🙂

  8. ThePlumbette on October 10, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Awesome work Nikki and Luke. The coop looks awesome. And the fact you used recycled materials just shows how a bit of creativity and different thinking can create an amazing result.

  9. Helene Wild on November 18, 2015 at 8:47 am

    A palatial one at that U0001f49d

  10. Annabel Knight on November 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Dan McNamara this bad boy would deliver the goods. May be even some graffiti on the back?

  11. Lorraine Clarke on January 22, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Charlie. What a great job !!!!!

  12. Recycled Interiors on January 23, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    isn’t it cool!

  13. Fiona Bradshaw on July 1, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Stew Chapman next project ???

  14. Stew Chapman on July 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Ha. New house came with on and thank god not chickens yet

  15. Fiona Bradshaw on July 1, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Stew Chapman lol so you need housewarming presents then xx

  16. Stew Chapman on July 1, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    So do you. You send chickens I send Shaz good swap

  17. Fiona Bradshaw on July 1, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Lol yep send shaz but I’ve been here for ten years

  18. Fiona Bradshaw on July 1, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Yep preggers with Gabe who turns 12 this year

  19. Rhiannon Marshall on July 1, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Jeannie Marshall check this one out

  20. Jeannie Marshall on July 1, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    That a beauty

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