How Much Does A Chicken House Cost To Build
When I first decided to build a chicken coop, I also wanted to know how much does a chicken house cost to build. Many factors affect the final price of your chicken coop: the size, materials you use, and whether or not you build it yourself. By answering these questions, we can develop a rough framework for determining how much money you will need to spend.
How big do you want your chicken coop to be?
How big do you want your chicken coop to be? The size of the chicken coop depends on the number of chickens you plan to keep.
You need to consider the size of your chickens and their eggs. The larger your chickens are, the more space they will need in order to move around and lay eggs comfortably. Especially if you have a few hens who lay large eggs, then it’s important that they have enough space inside their coop so that they don’t feel cramped and stressed out while laying their eggs.
Additionally, you should consider how much food or feed that you plan on storing in your chicken shed! If your flock will be eating primarily pellets or seeds, then there won’t be as much waste compared with what happens when corn or other types are given out (which can create quite a mess).
Will you build it yourself?
The most important step in deciding whether or not to build a chicken house is determining if you have the time and confidence to do it yourself. If you’re looking for a project that will be fun, educational and save you some money, building a chicken coop from scratch may be the ideal choice for you.
If your goal is to spend as little money as possible on building materials, tools and labour then hiring someone else might make more sense. You can still learn how to build your own coop though! Here are some things to consider:
- How much will it cost? In most cases this will depend on what kind of material(s) and features are included in your design. The average cost per square foot tends toward $20-$30 USD depending on location; however this number can vary widely based on location and size (bigger houses generally cost more). To give an idea: An 8′ x 8′ Tractor Supply Store  store sells 1/2″ thick plywood at $22 per sheet, so one sheet would cost about $110 USD; thicker wood such as cedar usually costs more but lasts longer too so try shopping around!
Do you want a portable or fixed chicken house?
If you’d like a fixed chicken coop rather than a portable one, you can expect to spend more money on your project. The good news is that it will also be more secure for your chickens and less likely to experience damage over time.
A fixed chicken house is also more permanent and less likely to need repairs down the road. However, if you decide to move elsewhere with your chickens (or they decide they want to leave), then this option may not be ideal for you because moving it could be difficult.
What materials do you want to use?
It’s important to consider what materials you want to use, as this can have a big impact on the cost of your chicken coop. For example, a wooden chicken coop is usually more expensive than a plastic one, but it may last longer and be easier to repair if something goes wrong. In addition, some wood materials are more durable than others; cedar wood would be an excellent choice for your chicken coops because it’s resistant to decay and insects.
On the other hand, plastic has some advantages over wood: it doesn’t rot or decay like natural material does (making it perfect for keeping moisture away from your chickens), and its surface is easy-to-clean and waterproof (perfect if you live in an area with heavy rainfall). It also lasts longer than standard wood because there’s no need for repainting every few years!
Do you need to find pre-owned materials?
If you’re looking to save some money on your chicken coop building project, consider buying used materials from someone who has built a chicken coop before.
What type of materials can be reused?
You may be able to find:
- Wood – You can use wood that someone else has already purchased for their chicken coop and reuse it in yours. Just make sure that the wood is still in good condition and doesn’t have any bugs or insects living inside of it before using it yourself!
- Roofing Material – If you purchase an older style roofing material (such as shingles), these are often available at very low prices at places like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. This will save you money when compared to purchasing brand new shingles.
Do you want a boring but simple design?
If you want a simple design, but still want it to be durable and easy to maintain, then your best bet is to get a standard rectangular chicken coop. These are usually made from cedar or pine lumber and they have sloping roofs that shed rainwater well. You can add some fun features like windows inside the coop so that your chickens enjoy more light and ventilation during the day time. If you don’t want windows on the walls of your chicken house, wooden lath boards can also be used as an alternative form of wall cladding instead of siding material such as plywood or OSB (oriented strand board). Since these materials are thin enough for ventilation yet sturdy enough for protection against predators, they will work great in combination with any kind of chicken coop plan that suits your needs!
It’s cheaper than the cheapest flat-pack coop
You can build a chicken coop for less than $100, and you can build a chicken coop for less than $500. But those don’t even seem like the best options to use as benchmarks because they are so cheap, especially if you plan on raising your own chickens.
If you want to create an affordable yet effective shelter for your birds, then take these costs into account:
- $1 per square foot of space
- $2 per square foot of space (that’s about the cost of straw)
While it’s true that building a chicken coop will never be as cheap as buying an egg carton, if you’re looking to keep chickens and don’t mind doing a bit of DIY, then this is an excellent option.