Using recycled materials we threw this backyard chicken coop together. We had an old truck topper hanging out in the woods and it gave my husband inspiration for the next coop. We had just finished building the Horse Trailer Chicken Coop, but we needed a second coop too!
Backyard Chicken Coop
- Old truck topper
- Protective Enamel Paint Stops Rust
- x2 Corrugated Asphalt Roofing – We used these to make walls, this is the red panels on the side.
- 4 pack Foam Closure Strip
- Roofing nails
- Pressure-treated wood – various sizes to make the frame.
- Wood for the roosts
- Screw, washers, staples
- Galvanized fencing or Hardware Cloth
- Gate latches – for the door
- Hinges – for door
- Carabiners – to lock the gate latches at night. *Optional. We have some crafty raccoons around here, so we use these to keep the raccoons from taking a five-finger discount from our coop!!
- L brackets – were used to sturdy up the frame to help hold the weight of the truck topper. It was pretty heavy. We also have hurricanes here, so having extra support helps!
- 2 Deck handrails – *optional – We used these to make a ladder! I don’t know what size we used, but the link goes to Lowes’ website. Just so you can see visually what we used. I didn’t get good pictures of it, while we were building. 🙁 The size will vary for each coop anyhow or the length from the ground to the roosts.
- Wood to make steps for ladder – The amount you need will vary.
It all started like this… When we first pulled the truck topper out of the woods.
It looked pretty bad at first!
Then, it needs a good cleaning. I then power washed it to remove the mildew.
Framing the Backyard Chicken Coop
After that, my husband made the frame…
I made a video for this Backyard Chicken Coop too. Check it out below!
…and then we tried it on for size. Perfect fit baby!
Next, we covered the walls with hardware cloth. The truck topper is pretty heavy, and since we have hurricanes here, my husband decided to use L brackets to sturdy up the frame.
Red Roofing Panels
The next step was to make walls. We wanted something easy. So we covered the walls in some red roofing
Here’s where the foam closure strips are placed on the ends to cover the gaps!
The Back Hatch, and the Roosting Bars
The truck topper was also pressured washed and got a coat of paint. We let the red roof panels overhang just a bit, instead of cutting into them. I think it’s fine, but if you’re thinking of building something like this I believe the manufacturer says that they can easily be cut.
The back hatch’s spring arms were worn out. However, my husband found replacement parts and now it works like it’s brand new again! It actually stays open on its own now! Yay!
Next, we added in some roosts. Here’s what it looks like when its opened…
Adding a door
After that, we added a door.
I need to add new pictures. We placed hardware on the door. After that, we decided it would be easier to use gate latches. This makes the door easier to close! Those little white specks on the fencing are just zip ties. We had to overlap the hardware cloth here because we didn’t have a big enough piece of hardware cloth. So we zip-tied it to make sure it was secure.
My husband got the idea to use these old mobile home stairs as a ladder. He’s talking about taking them out now because they are pretty intrusive (taking up a lot of space) and covered with poop. If we do something different I will update the images.
My husband wasn’t happy with the mobile home steps inside. So he made a ladder using deck railing. Pretty ingenious if you ask me! I wish I had better pictures of it. It is much less intrusive which is nice!
We placed some old mobile home stairs on the back of the backyard chicken coop too, because they (FatBoy and Crew) take turns free ranging with Camo’s Crew. The other door exits into a fenced in area. As you can see in the image below, Mohawk is in the fenced in area. There are other chickens in the bottom of the chicken coop begging to either come out to play or asking for treats. Probably both!
At last, we are happy to be done with this project and so happy about how it came out! Check back to see what we’re building next!
About this design:
I’ve added a little area for a nesting box in the coop. It’s nothing fancy but it works. Sometimes the most simple things work best!
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