Cute DIY Chicken Coop with Attached Storage Shed

If you’ve been around Remodelaholic a long time, and I mean a loooong time, way back to the beginnings in 2009 (which I’m pretty sure almost none of you were, except for maybe my mom, hi mom!) — anyway, the point is, that way back in 2009, a friend gave us 5 little chicks, and we built a great little chicken coop that matched our house. And it was then that I knew that I had a thing for cute chicken coops. So when I ran across this one over at Chalkboardblue, I was so excited and asked Michelle if we could feature her. Not only is it a nice chicken house, but it is combined with a great storage shed, and they both look so nice in Michelle’s yard! See what I mean: 
DIY Chicken Coop with Attached Storage Shed by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic

And this cuteness isn’t an anomaly! There are some really cute DIY chicken coops in the world, like these:

Cute DIY chicken coop by Blissful Roots
by Blissful Roots
from Backyard Chickens, build alongside the house
from Backyard Chickens, built alongside the house
from Backyard Chickens - love the window boxes!
from Backyard Chickens – love the window boxes!
by Heather Bullard - just so perfect! Stable house style for a chicken coop
by Heather Bullard – just so perfect
from The Real Housewives of Riverton - the blue looks great and lots of space for the chicken run under the coop
from The Real Housewives of Riverton – the blue looks great!
by One Tree Photography - love the color scheme on this cute chicken coop
by Trevormade – the colors are so fun!
This is a great CUTE chicken coop!
by Passion for Wood with Ana White’s plans
This is the most sophisticated DIY chicken coop I can even imagine. Amazing!
by The Art of Doing Stuff – seriously swanky, a Pottery Barn chicken coop!
Remodelaholic chicken coop with shutters
and of course, ours! (I may be biased, and the photo isn’t the greatest, sorry, but it was CUTE! and almost entirely from salvaged material, too)

So now that you’re all ready for a cute chicken coop and a flock of feathery friends, meet Michelle and her awesome chicken coop + storage shed:

DIY Chicken Coop with Attached Storage Shed - looks great and keeps the chickens safe!

How to Build a DIY Chicken Coop – Storage Shed Combo
by Michelle from Chalkboardblue

Hi My name is Michelle from Chalkboardblue.  My blog features projects that I design and build!   Today I’m sharing with you how we built a Backyard Shed AND and Chicken Coop combination.

The front half of this structure pictured above is the shed portion. The back half is the Chicken Coop with its Outside Run.

How to Build a Chicken Coop with Attached Storage Shed by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic
DIY Chicken Coop with Storage Shed by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic
DIY Chicken Run and Storage Shed by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic

We needed a Shed for our Backyard and a home for our Chickens.  We decided to combine to the two.

This is the design we came up with.

We first dug out our area and put a floor on. Our backyard is somewhat on a slope so we had to raise our floor and put it on cement pilings to allow for water drainage.  Here below we have the floor on and some walls up.

Chicken Coop and Storage Shed Tutorial by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic

More walls… If you look closely there is a small inside wall for the Chicken Coop.

 

 

 

Chicken Coop with Attached Storage Shed Tutorial by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic

Next We placed Plywood on the outside.  We then cut out the holes for our top window for the coop, the Nesting boxes below and the lower doors.

How to Build a Chicken Coop and Storage Shed by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic
DIY Chicken Coop and Storage Shed by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic

For our trim, we bought the large sheets of trim and ripped it on the table saw to the various sizes we wanted for our trim pieces.  What I mean by trim pieces is the trim around all of the doors, on the doors and all of Board and Batton trim I placed on the shed.  Here is a picture of the trim.  I kept the trim color the same as it came for our window and door trim, but painted it for the Board and Batton.

Building a Chicken Coop and Storage Shed by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic

Here is a picture of the doors I built and the large door grooved myself with the skill saw …

DIY Chicken Coop and Attached Storage Shed by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic

our Main door is a Split door to allow for ventilation…

How to Build a Storage Shed and Attached Chicken Coop by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic

Next I placed the Board & Batton trim.  It is basically placed on just as if you were to do a wall of Board and Batton in your home.

How to Build a Storage Shed with a Chicken Coop by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic
We  ran power to our shed so we can have lights inside as well as a porch light, which by the way is one of my favorite features! I bought it at Lowes.  Here is also a close up shot of our trim…

 

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I  built a screen to put behind the lower doors to keep the chickens in, and for us so we can see them when they are inside their coop.
How to Build a Chicken Coop with Storage Shed by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic

 

 

 

DIY Chicken Coop by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic

We built some Nesting boxes…

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Roosts for inside the coop…

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Next we had to build our outside run.

DIY Storage Shed with Chicken Coop and Chicken Run by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic
we poured small footings with quickcrete and bolts and set our posts…
How to Build a Chicken Run with Attached Storage Shed and Chicken Coop

setting the posts…

How to Build a Chicken Run with Attached Coop and Storage Shed

put top rails on

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DIY Chicken Run with Coop and Storage Shed by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic
framed in wire
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Put up a ledger board for the trusses to lay on.  Also notice the two tall posts at the top, we had to cut them at an angle also for the roof to lay flush on.
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placed a plywood sheet on the trusses, and topped off with shingles.
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Built a back access door to get into the run…

 

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 Inside the shed, we painted the chicken wall red.  Up above the coop is storage.  Note, make sure to seal off the coop as best you can, because chickens create a lot of Dust!
How to Build a Storage Shed with a Chicken Run and Coop by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic
I also built some cabinets to store food, etc.
DIY Storage Shed with Chicken Run by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic
Ryan and his dad made some shelves for the other half of the shed… Storage up high and down low.
Storage Shed and Chicken Coop Tutorial by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic
Here are the dimensions of our shed/coop
Storage Shed with Chicken Coop Tutorial by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic

 

DIY Storage Shed and Chicken Coop by Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic

 

Time and Cost Breakdown for the Shed coop.
Time involved  2- 3 months.
Cost,  approximately $1,600.  Some items we purchased at full price and some pieces of plywood for our outside sheeting we acquired at a really good price.  Our Posts for our outside chicken run we acquired from our neighbor that was tearing down an arbor so we stained and re-purposed them.
Paint Color is Eddie Bauer Cabin Red in a flat from Lowes.
Most of our materials were purchased from Lowes and Home Depot.
We have truly loved this Shed/Coop combination. If you would like to see more items I have built, such as our Fireplace or our Pottery Barn Lockers… you can see them HERE
Thanks for having me stop by today!
Michelle at Chalkboardblue featured on Remodelaholic

 

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Michelle, thank you so much for being our guest today! I love your chicken coop and so many of your projects!

Remodelaholics, fly (hehe) right over to Chalkboardblue to see Michelle’s awesome DIYing chops — don’t miss her brilliant folding wood totes and cubbies, and I’m drooling over her gorgeous fireplace, too! 

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6 Comments

  1. Very cute structure!

    I would encourage you to rethink the use of chicken wire–dogs, raccoons, opossums, etc. can easily rip it right apart (unfortunately, I’ve experienced this first hand) and the wide opening wire used on the outside run which raccoons can reach right through and nab a chicken. Hardware cloth is recommended to keep the girls safe from predators. Also, the pic don’t show it (so may it’s there), but you should also have a way to secure the doors and windows. Hook latches aren’t recommended (again, raccoons), but there are several that are twist to close, or the latches that are secure without having to be locked. With those wood floors, keep an eye out for rats (which will chew through the wood–yes, I’ve seen this happen).

    I know many people will protest, saying that they don’t have these types of predators in their areas, but just because they don’t see them, doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Hungry animals (whose natural habitat may have been overtaken by housing developments, or during winter when food is scarce) tend to be very persistent and resourceful. In addition, a primary predator/killer of chickens tends to be dogs–and that includes the neighbor’s cute dog who is amazing with kids, cats, etc. (In the beginning, we had a “friendly” neighborhood dog rip chicken wire off our coop and kill all of our hens–in one night. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence.)

    When a new baby begins to crawl, we often get on our hands and knees to see possible hazards from the baby’s perspective. What’s available that might hurt the baby? It’s a similar idea when having chickens. Think like a predator–how will a predator get to your girls?

  2. Hey Cass, I’m really curious about raising chickens. In looking at these coops it seems that the runs are small. How many chickens do they accommodate? My neighbor has chickens but they have the run of the back yard, it is fenced. I don’t particularly want to fence in my yard but is this enough room for a bunch of chickens?

  3. Wow! What an awesome project!! I love your design and the concept is amazing, exactly what I was looking for!
    A utility shed and chicken coop combo we could build ourselves. I was only planning to have 2 chickens so I bought a little prefab coop and ended up with 7 chickens, so I added a metal 7′ run from Amazon..still too small..so bought someone’s homebuilt portable chicken coop on a trailer..put up fencing and netting to enclose it, which is 12’by 12′ only to find the coop is not waterproof. …eeha so now figuring what to do..keep patching things together or build a real coop.
    Your design is my inspiration and my poor husband is getting fed up with me and my chicken obsession! Actually because we just built our new home on 7.5 acres with 2 ponds..and we are dealing with his stage 4 melanoma liver cancer…so trying hard to accomplish everything and not overwhelm him..but oh..it’s hard..don’t know why I am pouting this out to you here..prolly because I don’t know you..
    So forgive my rambling and too much information..but..I hope and pray we can build something like this and soon.
    Thanks for your post and the details you provided!
    Robin