Infographic: How To Build Our Backyard Chicken Coop

I am flattered that the author of a new chicken book called Henhouse has turned my humble coop-building instructions into this amazing infographic and posted it on This is a slightly simplified version of our coop, with no “chicken Guantanamo” cage underneath, or aviary around it. But after many years of use, this design has served us well and we still heartily endorse it for urban backyards.

Wonderful coop-building infographic by Timothy Sanders. Click to enlarge.

My coop-plans blog post remains very popular— if you have built this coop, or a version of it, I would love to see photos!








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  2. Margo

    Have you ever thought about writing an ebook
    or guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog based on the same information you discuss and would
    love to have you share some stories/information. I know my subscribers would enjoy your
    work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to send me an email.
    I fancy hatching chickens.

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  5. Josh M.

    Hey guys! I’m building a very similar plan for our 2 ducklings and adult duck. We are in Dallas, TX. Do you think our ducks will be happy with the same SF (18 SF)? I built a separate “run” for their daytime play. Also, I’m putting a little herb garden on the roof for better insulation and hopefully a snack they’ll enjoy.

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  7. Danielle Hillebrand

    Hi Lyanda,

    I was wondering if I could get a pdf version of the infographic build plans for this coop. The jpg version is a bit blurry when blown up. I would love to build this!

  8. Jessica Cafferty

    Hi Lyanda,

    Do you still have a version of the plans that includes the “Chicken Guantanamo” and aviary? I’d love to build this coop including those components.

    Thanks so much!

  9. Pinktoes1218

    Great graphic but it is very pixilated when you download it. You cannot read it to actually build the coop. Do you have a higher quality graphic you can share with us?

  10. Brooke

    Hi Lyanda!
    Thank you so much for the coop plans. I am typing them into a word document so that I can read the small writing better and plan on building a coop this week. I am struggling to figure out the length of the 2×4 in the material list that is listed under Walls Assembly that says (2) 2×4 – ???? (side walls). Any chance that you may know what it is off hand?
    Thank You!

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