Basic Coop Building Plans (up to 4 chickens)
The Basic Coop chicken coop plans show you how to transform a couple sheets of plywood, a few boards, some hardware, a roofing panel, and some paint into a secure, beautiful home for your backyard flock. Use it first as a brooder for chicks, then as a stand-alone coop for a free-ranging flock — or attach a run. It's the starter coop you can easily grow with.
The Basic Coop is sized for 4 hens and measures about 3'w x 3'd x 4'h with 9 sq. ft. of floor space and 48" of roost space. Cuts and assembly are straightforward and require only basic tools and materials.
- Efficient use of materials and space
- Egg door, pop door, and a large front door for easy cleaning
- Two roosts and a raised nest box
- Translucent roof for natural light
- Secure open-ceiling design for ventilation
- Fully paintable all around, so you can express your style!
- Measurements, materials, tools — everything's spelled out with clear writing and dozens of diagrams and photos
This highly detailed plan is a downloadable 45+ page, full-color PDF, written for beginners. Tools and materials, measurements, cuts, techniques — everything's spelled out with clear writing and dozens of illustrations, pictures, and tips. Both imperial (feet/inches) and metric (mm) measurements are included. As with all of his plans, you get email support from the designer should you need it.
Keep in mind this is a stand-alone coop, so you'll need to let your chickens out in the morning and close them back in at night. You can also attach an automatic door or an enclosed run (not included).
The cost of materials will vary by location and materials used.
Downloading the Plan
You will see a link to download the plans on the order confirmation page on the final page of the online checkout process. Don't worry if you miss it! We'll also email you a download link separately, valid for 7 days after purchase.
If it turns out these plans aren't right for you, let us know within 30 days and we'll refund you in full.