DIY Chicken Coop Kit

(11 customer reviews)



Our DIY Chicken Coop Kit for 4 hens is our most popular package because it is such a great deal. Because YOU do the building and painting yourself, you save money!

Not only is it the least expensive, but it also gives people the most flexibility to customize the coop. All the wood products and screening are made in the USA, so this means high quality! All of the parts are exactly the same as our ready-made chicken coop.

“I thought you’d like to know that I—a regular mom with basic building skills—built the coop kit alone (kids helped hold the pieces sometimes). It took a couple of hours a day, for four days, from start to finish.”

“We assembled our own kit in the evenings over the course of a few days.  It was fun and had very manageable step-by-step instructions.  And we also enjoyed adding unique details and design elements.  Thanks for a great product!”


Watch 1 min. video of the assembly process.

Add DIY Extension for 2-3 Hens

Details in description below.

DIY Chicken Coop Kit

The DIY Chicken Coop Kit has a very easy to clean design. It helps busy people raise hens hassle-free.

Each coop kit is hand made in the USA with the same materials used in US homes and once you paint it, the Smart Chicken Coop will last for years and years.

In addition, the coop is designed for a backyard, not the back pasture. It has a low profile and is cute and tidy… your neighbors might not even know you have hens!

Best of all, The DIY Chicken Coop Kit is so well designed that it cuts cleaning chores to once every few weeks! And you only need a rake to clean it– no gloves, brushes or clothes pins for your nose.

Given that The DIY Chicken Coop KIT is made in the USA with quality materials and innovatively designed, you may be wondering how we can offer it at such a reasonable price. Because you purchase (12) 2” x 2”x 8’ furring strips (we include a cut list) and (1) plastic bin for a nesting box at your local home improvement store, you save money on shipping costs. After all, why pay to have easy-to-get wood shipped across the country?


Included in our DIY Smart Chicken Coop Kit


  • Front-primed, back unpainted USA made DuraTemp 3/8" exterior siding, cut to size (front, back, 2 sides and a door)
  • Zinc coated hardware & fastener kit (includes all you'll need to build our coop to specs)
  • USA Galvanized steel roof, specially engineered for safety
  • USA Galvanized steel roof cap, specially engineered for safety
  • USA Galvanized steel roof props, specially engineered for safety
  • USA 6 pre-cut 19 gauge 1/2" square galvanized steel screens (essential for predator proofing)
  • Custom Door Jams
  • Custom Roof Supports
  • Meticulous written directions
  • Step by step video with narration
  • 2x2 Wood cut list



Included in the DIY Coop Kit

Included in the DIY Coop Kit


Not Included in the DIY Smart Chicken Coop Kit

  • (12) 2" x 2" x 8' furring strips
  • (1) plastic bin for nesting box
  •  Runs, decor, feeders, etc.

You save money by getting the simple parts from your local home improvement store.



NOT included in the DIY Chicken Coop Kit


Tools You Will Need

  • Power drill and drill bits
  • Star bit screw driver
  • Staple gun
  • Saw (not necessary if you ask your lumber/home improvement center to cut the 2" x 2" boards to length)
  • Paint brush

Paint, trim, flowers, signs, 2x2 boards, and chalkboard faux windows are not included and can be purchased in our accessories shop.

Expect our DIY chicken coop kits to take a generally handy person about 6 hours
to build, plus paint time. Skilled people build the kit in about 2 hours.

Keep your hens safe. Protect your hens from backyard wildlife, such as skunks, raccoons, opossums, coyotes, and dogs with our do it yourself chicken coop. There are no gaps larger than 1/2" on our coops, including hardware mesh, the steel roof and plywood sides. The Smart Chicken Coop will not shrink with weather changes.

NOTE: It is essential that you close your coop each evening and that you line the perimeter of the coop either with 1 ft. sq. pavers or hardware cloth. This prevents predators from digging under the walls. We also sell a predator proof screen floor (see accessories below), should you wish to go that route.

All our coops are built in California with the same US materials that are typically used to build a home. So, your coop will last for years! We use an Oregon-made ply product called DuraTemp. All wood products must be primed and painted to insure longevity and do not take wood stain well. The galvanized corrugated steel roof materials are made in Southern California on a Vietnam-era corrugating machine to our unique specifications.


Coop Expansion for 2-3 More Hens


Inside of the Coop Expansion (nests not included in kit)


Lisa's Lean To

DIY Coop plus Coop Expansion for 6 Hens

With the coop expansion, you get 4 more feet of roosting pole space and a lean to where 3 nests rest, which means you can get more chickens!

19" wide (a total of 55" wide when added to coop)
43" long (same as coop length)
23" to 18" tall (roof slants)

The Smart Chicken Coop Addition props open for easy access and cleaning.


Prefer to have a ready-made chicken coop? Check out The Smart Chicken Coop here.

Dimensions and Shipping

Smart Chicken Coop Kit Dimensions (When Assembled)

36″ wide x 43″ long x 45″ high. There is a 2″ roof overhang past these dimensions.

Smart Chicken Coop Kit for 6 Hens (When Assembled)

55″ wide x 43″ long x 45″ high. There is a 2″ roof overhang past these dimensions.


The Smart Chicken Coop Kit may ship in multiple boxes depending on the accessories you order. No piece weighs more than 10 lbs, so if you need to, just open your delivered box and move the pieces to your preferred location and then assemble.

Box 1: 48x30x5″     Approximately 50 pounds

We ship FedEx Ground. Depending on your distance from California, expect your package to take 3-9 days for shipping (COVID has made shipping times longer).

11 reviews for DIY Chicken Coop Kit

  1. Natalie (verified owner)

    We’ve had our diy smart coop with extension less than a year and LOVE it. But, we’ve caught the addiction and want more chickens. We could sell our current and buy larger, but would rather buy a second diy smart coop. Your customer service was awesome when ours arrived damaged. Thanks

  2. Rick (verified owner)

    Building our own coop was a lot of fun– and lots of work– but a GREAT experience for the kids! Shelley helped us via FaceTime.

  3. Danelle (verified owner)

    Great quality. Learning curve, but fun. Good for kids.

  4. Jay (verified owner)

    My parents are really enjoying their chickens and definitely have the nicest coop in the neighborhood.

  5. Andrew (verified owner)

    Thilled with the DYI coop, looking forward to getting this installed and moving the girls into the coop once it warms up here in Michigan. thanks!

  6. Brad (verified owner)

    The coop kit went together easily and it was a nice spring break activity for our kids. My daughter wanted to paint it pink, but we ended up painting it like the Red Barn Coop. It is a bit low to the ground, but that works well for our 6 year old.

  7. Toby (verified owner)

    The coop looks as good in person as the pictures online. I can’t wait to plant flowers around it– snow has to melt first. Our hens love the run and waddle between there and the inside of the coop. We did put a clear plastic paint drop cloth thing that we cut to size over the run when it snows, so the run didn’t get snow in it.

  8. Susan (verified owner)

    We’re not exactly handy, but we wanted this coop, so we bought the kit to save money. And we built it with no problems… well, except we didn’t paint it until it was together– oops. We also decided to get some shade cloth from Home Depot to cover part of the run because we don’t have shade during the afternoon and it seemed like the hens ended up moving into their coop because of it. But, this fix works out well.

  9. Ed (verified owner)

    The assembly video was a great help– made the whole kit experience easy.
    Love it. We just moved the chicks into the coop and they seem quite happy in there.

  10. Tamara (verified owner)

    We got the coop kit and lean-to. A small piece was cracked but they sent a replacement right away. We are very happy.

  11. Peggy (verified owner)

    After searching for coops, we decided to go with The Smart Coop because it seemed high quality. I especially like the convenient design for cleaning. We assembled our own kit in the evenings over the course of a few days. It was a fun project to assemble with very manageable step-by-step instructions. And we also enjoyed looking adding our own unique details and design elements. Thanks for a great product!

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