As of May 2015, the Mother Earth News, Backyard Chickens and Tractor Supply Company websites provide easy chicken coop designs. The coop on Mother Earth News is portable and holds three to four chickens. Made from standard welded wire fencing, builders can construct it within a few hours.
Backyard Chickens' design is large enough for several large birds. It uses two sheets of plywood to make a very simple coop with no windows or insulation. Builders only need basic skills and tools to complete this coop The coop on the Tractor Supply Company website fits about six chickens. Materials needed include two-by-fours, wood scraps, chicken wire and plywood.