How To Build A Chicken Coop – What’s The Cost?

August 2, 2009

The economy stinks, or perhaps you’ve noticed. This affects everything that everybody does. If you think it doesn’t affect your decision to build a chicken coop, take a good look at your wallet and the cost of materials these days. It’s not a pretty picture.

Okay, so just what do you need to build that chicken coop? Well, as there are many different styles, it’s hard to say “use this and use that” but for the most part, you’re going to need two by fours, concrete cinder blocks chicken wire or fence wire, insulation strips, nails, screws, screwdriver and hammer. So, what’s the cost of all this? Well, let’s break it down as cheaply as we can.

Two by fours, if you don’t want to go out chopping wood all day, depending on the quality of the wood, will run you anywhere from $15 to $25 or more. Now, you don’t want your coop to fall apart on you so I’d recommend going with a good maple for about $20. Of course that’s entirely up to you.

Insulation strips are not quite as much, thank goodness. You can pick up a package of 16 strips for about $10 or so. Again, you want to get some good insulation. Chickens do NOT like being damp and wet. They don’t mind the cold too much but some insulation is going to be required.

Cinder blocks are relatively cheap and can be picked up online for about $5 a block. I suggest going to a site like Home Depot or if you have one close to your home, take a drive over. That way you can check them out personally. I suggest getting blocks that are somewhat attractive. You do want this coop to look nice, right?

You can get 6 inch chicken wire from Craft Supplies for about $11. Depending on the size of your coop, you may need a few rolls of these. As for the rest of the stuff, nails, screws, etc…they’re negligible in cost.

A good chicken coop will probably run you a couple of hundred bucks, again depending on the size. Check out the link in my signature below for some great building ideas.


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