We are having quite an adventure with our meat chickens. They are already 4 weeks old and only have a couple weeks to go. They are growing fast and running out of room in their brooder. Thankfully, it has been beautiful out and they can start living outside. I drew up some plans for a coop that is quite simple. It consists of 4 corners, 4 panels, and a top made of hardware cloth and plywood. The coop is 2’x6’x8′ and fits 25 chickens.
40′ of 1/2″ Hardware Cloth
3 – 1×4
1 – 2×2
8 – 1×3
Plywood – 4′ x 6′
Next, we made the sides panels out of 1x3s and hardware cloth. The long side is 8′ and the short side is 6′. We spaced out the 1x3s 24 inches apart and stapled on the hardware cloth. The hardware cloth is stapled on the outside.
The best part of the coop is that we can move it around the yard so that the chickens don’t get too stinky and our new neighbors won’t hate us. For now, the coop is fully stocked and the chickens seem happier than ever.