Here at Wimp, we love a good DIY. As the weather gets nicer, we're looking for any excuse to step outside and sink our teeth into a fun new project. Looking to relax on a new bench? Try crafting one out of cinder blocks. Want to decorate your fence with some eye-catching art? Check out these inspiring examples. Maybe you've got a few kids who could use some time away from the iPad? Learn how to build your own mini backyard racetracks! We thought we'd seen every awesome DIY that this summer had to offer, until we saw these ...
Backyard chicken coops are nothing new. After all, chickens provide any homeowner with great companionship, natural pest control, and fresh eggs - what's not to love? Many people are intimidated by the idea of constructing their own chicken coop, but, believe it or not, it's a lot easier than you think!
The homeowners on this list approached building a chicken coop from a variety of angles. Some had an old piece of furniture they were ready to transform into something different, while others started from scratch and ended up with a veritable chicken mansion. Keep scrolling to see some of the best DIY chicken coops the internet has to offer.
Instead of donating her child's old crib, DaNelle from the blog Weed 'em & Reap transformed it into a fully functioning chicken coop. The crib's baby blue color makes it a unique accent to the backyard. Click here to learn how she did it for less than $50.
If you have a whole gaggle of hens, you might want to build something a little bigger like this one from Redeem Your Ground. They even added nameplates for each of their hens to make it a little more personal.
When building a chicken coop, it helps to put yourself in their shoes (or should we say talons?). This one features all kinds of levels and compartments for the chickens to play and explore in together. Learn more about how they built it here.
You might not have an old crib lying around, but what about an old swing set? Long after your kids have stopped using them, swing-set frames are a great place to start when constructing your own chicken coop. Click here to learn how Jojochooks did it.
Don't be afraid to get funky with your design. A colorful door, rustic roof, and cool skylight will make sure your chickens are living in style.
Worried about floods in your area? Click here to learn how Scott built his chicken coop to be spacious and safe from floods.
Remember, this coop will be a big part of your backyard, so it's important to make sure you like the way it looks. This person made theirs look like the cutest tiny house on the block. If it weren't so full of chickens, I might consider moving in here ...
A few chairs and some beautiful flowers will transform your chicken coop into a fun place to hang out with company.
Try being as sustainable as possible and build the entire structure out of recycled pallets. You'd never know it by looking at it, and the classic red paint job makes it go great in any yard. Click here to learn how.
Or, go with something a little more modern and build a sweet geo dome for your hens. Click here for the full instructions.
Kate, over at the blog Coop and Home, paid a lot of attention to detail when building her coop. From a little lantern to a cute doorknob, this one couldn't look better.
And who said chicken coops could only serve one purpose? Extend your garden by placing plants on top of your coop. This is perfect for anyone with limited space in their backyard. Learn how to do it here.
Finally, an old shelf or cabinet makes a great chick brooder in a pinch. It doesn't take up nearly as much space as a coop, and your hens will love it.
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