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Hen HouseHen House - A very small hen house site giving you details on various poultry house equipment, as well as how to build a hen house, and possible plans you could use or modify for your specifications.

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Information on how to build a hen house (chicken coop), construction process of a hen house, standards, materials needed and links with plans and design tips.

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Spaciousness and condition are two important items you should consider when plan to build a hen house (or chicken coop). Firstly you should think about how many chickens you want to keep because more chickens need more space and less chickens less. You should need around 4.5 sq ft of space per chicken. A chicken coop usually looks like a garden house, but if you only want to keep three hens you can build a hen house of smaller proportions (only 10.5 square feet area and a height of 31 inches). The door also serves as a window and could be made of glass or Plexiglas. The roof has to be removable for comfortable cleaning of the chicken coop and should be covered with roofing felt. You should build a hen house with a roofing felt of about some inches over the ground to avoid wetness seeping in from the ground. With a chicken ladder they can go outside. Tar paper, breather type building paper or similar roofing underlay could be used under roofing boards.

The windows should point to the east so that there is enough light in the hen house in the morning, which improves the laying performance. In the summer time you can replace the window with a wire netting to get fresh air into the hen house. But anyway you should avoid draft. The height of the hen house should be about two meters so that you can walk inside comfortably. The door should be at least 80 cm wide to get inside with a handcart, too. The exit for the chickens should be a small door, about 25 cm wide and 40 cm high so that they won't scratch out the straw on the floor. Lukas Kiefer: Chicken Yard.

Hen House PlansHen House Plans - We've gathered some hen house plans that could help you in the construction process of a hen house. Also pictures of chicken coops, building and design information.

The most relevant links we could find, placed here free

Wikipedia - Additional information about a hen house.

Wells Poultry Housing - Poultry housing, feeders, drinkers, door openers, heat lamps, nest boxes, egg machines, books and more. Buy online, contact them for shipping options.

Build Eazy - Information an a list of materials to build a hen house and some construction standards.

Chicken Yard - Additional information when building hen houses, including construction standards and materials.

Pratie Place - A blog explaining the process of build a hen house.

Delta Waterfowl - Step by step instructions to build a chicken coop.


Most people build a hen house of wooden, especially with a smaller number of chickens, because it is easier and cheaper to build. The hen house should be warm and bright and it should have a good air condition. The temperature should not sink under 5 C, because then the eggs lose their capacity for development. You could construct double walls with insulating material in between. The ground should consist of wood or concrete, the last one saves the hen house pretty well against mice and rats compared with a wooden floor where those animals can easily invade chicken coop. 4'x8' plywood sheets with 3/4" thick, suitable for exterior use are great for flooring, wall cladding and parts of nesting boxes.

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You will also need an assortment of hardware including nails, hinges, door latches, door bolts, window catches, Perspex/Plexiglas or similar clear acrylic sheet for use as window panes, galvanized flashings for openings where required as well as for roof ridge cap, and mesh/wire cloth/chicken wire for any permanent openings or air vents.

Additional information about the materials you need to build a hen house, and also DIY chicken coops plans can be found at Build Eazy.

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Chicken coops

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