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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

Parts List

  • 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.

chicken coop

It looked pretty bad at first!

chicken coop
chicken coop

Then, it needs a good cleaning. I then power washed it to remove the mildew.

chicken coop

Framing the Backyard Chicken Coop

After that, my husband made the frame…

chicken coop

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!

chicken coop
chicken coop

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.

chicken coop

Red Roofing Panels

The next step was to make walls. We wanted something easy. So we covered the walls in some red roofing

chicken coop

Here’s where the foam closure strips are placed on the ends to cover the gaps!

chicken coop

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!

Horse Trailer Chicken Coop
chicken coop

Next, we added in some roosts. Here’s what it looks like when its opened…

chicken coop
chicken coop
chicken coop

Adding a door

After that, we added a door.

chicken coop
chicken coop

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.

chicken coop

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.

backyard chicken coop

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!

chicken in chicken coop

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!

Looking for inspiration for your next chicken coop building? Come check out our backyard chicken coop! Truck Topper Chicken Coop Tour | Homestead Wishing, Author Kristi Wheeler | https://homesteadwishing.com/backyard-chicken-coop/ | #chickencoopbuilding #buildingachickencoop #chickencoops #chickens #crazychickenlady

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!

Have you built a backyard chicken coop?

Let me know in the comments what you think of this coop. If you’ve built your own Backyard Chicken Coop, message us on Facebook and send us a picture of it! We’d love to see your creations!!

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Looking for inspiration for your next chicken coop building? Come check out our backyard chicken coop! Truck Topper Chicken Coop Tour | Homestead Wishing, Author Kristi Wheeler | https://homesteadwishing.com/backyard-chicken-coop/ | #chickencoopbuilding #buildingachickencoop #chickencoops #chickens #crazychickenlady