A chicken coop can be a large expense and often stands in the way of making the dream of having backyard chickens a reality.

When we made the decision that we wanted chickens, having nice housing for them was a priority. We wanted a nice coop that would be easy to clean and roomy enough for a couple of hens but we didn’t want to spend over $100.

Thankfully, it is possible to have a nice chicken coop without spending a ton of money. We were able to modify a chicken coop quite frugally. Sure, it’s not a fancy coop but it’s nice, keeps our chickens housed and didn’t cost much!

We found our coop via Craigslist for $30! John David did some modifications and made the plain little coop into a nice ‘chicken tractor’ (moveable coop) for our hens.


Nice, sturdy little coop with a teeny yard.


John David expanded the yard portion and added wheels to make a ‘chicken tractor’.

He spent $19.01 on the wheels and parts to attach the wheels and $12.89 on the chicken wire.


The ‘back door’ was just a piece of mesh stapled onto the back of the coop.



He created a door and latch that is much more practical than stapled on screen!


He installed a roost in the coop for the chickens. (It was just an empty ‘room’.)


He added a feed box so we could feed them from the outside.

Cost of our chicken coop:

  • Coop $30
  • Chicken Wire $12.89
  • Wheels and Parts $19.01
  • Wood for roost/feed box FREE (he salvaged wood we already had from previous projects and an old fence!)

Total: $51.90

(If we ever decide we’re tired of having backyard chickens, we’re confident that we can sell our coop for what we paid for it.)

Our hens rarely are ever in their coop! We have a large, fenced in back yard and we let them roam ‘free range’. John David built a laying boxes house for them near some bushes they like to relax around.  They go into their coop each night to roost and the rest of the time they’re foraging in the yard or lounging under the deck or under the bushes.

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