Looking for coop ideas or building plans? Here’s a few alternative choices to consider. Lowes.com has super nice dog houses that are perfectly suitable as chicken coops. You can put burlap, or plastic draft strips over the opening, or be creative and build a door yourself. Posts or cinder blocks would work nicely to raise the structure off the ground. Some of the shelters are insulated too! Click HERE to get more information on these houses, there are many more to choose from.
Or build your own… plans and materials available HERE for the shelter below.
Need some ideas on how to best use a dog house as a chicken coop? Here’s a couple links to pictures of dog houses used as chicken coops within an enclosure, or attached to a run. BackYardChickens and my own chicken coop dog house right here at TBN Ranch.
Buy a shelter or build one, but being inexpensively creative with chicken housing is half the fun of raising chickens. Don’t overlook the possibility of finding used dog houses or suitable shelter on craig’s list. I do it all the time!