Doghouse to Chicken Coop Conversion

When my wife and I purchased our new home, not only were we strapped for extra cash but we were also pressed for time. I wanted to build a new chicken coop so that the ladies had a safe place to stay. I originally planned on building a chicken tractor from pallets but my wife suggested that we try to do something with the run down dog house that was left by the last owner. While I was looking for plans on Amazon, I found a neat little book     Cheating on a Chicken Coop: 8 Cheap Ideas to House Your Backyard Hens and Save Money. After reading through a few chapters, I was convinced that transforming the old doghouse in to a coop would be the be an excellent alternative to building a new coop.

** Update! Check out our new post on our Free Chicken Coop Plans **

 

Chicken Coop Before

This is the doghouse before it was converted to a chicken coop.

 

Chicken Coop Door Removed

We started by widening the opening and replacing the facia board that was rotted away.

We added a sliding door and also pressure treated plywood to the front.

We added a sliding door and also pressure treated plywood to the front.

Addeda door to the side so we can access the nesting boxes and eggs easily.

Added a door to the side so we can access the nesting boxes and eggs easily.

Created some roosting bars from some scrap lumber.

Created some roosting bars from some scrap lumber.

Built some nesting boxes from plans I got off the internet.

Built some nesting boxes from plans I got off the internet.

 

The finished Chicken Coop prior to paint. Fat Cat Approves.

The finished Chicken Coop prior to paint. Fat Cat Approves.

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