PoultryGuide.com and the Home Depot blog provide free chicken coop plans, while BackyardChickens.com provides an extensive list of coops created by forum members, many of which include plans and photos of the coop construction process. Plans range from simple designs using primarily chicken wire to intricate house-like structures that require somewhat advanced carpentry skills to build.
PoultryGuide.com provides 10 free plans for chicken coops, ranging from a portable wire mini coop for keeping one or two chickens to multiple two-story designs that house several more chickens. In addition to lumber and chicken wire coops, the site provides plans for a low-cost coop made from PVC pipe and wire mesh.
The Home Depot blog provides plans for a large coop designed to look like a classic red barn. The plans include detailed step by step schematics and photos of the building process.
BackyardChickens.com lists nearly 3,000 coop designs created by forum members. While not all of the designs include plans and step by step instructions, a wide range of free plans exists on the site, including simple designs that use minimal supplies and require minimal carpentry skills. Subcategories within the large list of designs include small coops, medium coops, large coops, chicken runs and chicken tractors, which feature wheels for mobility.