Surrounded by raised garden beds, this deluxe chicken coop has what it takes to keep chickens safe, healthy and laying fresh eggs: a minimum 4-by-8 foot screened-in run and a 4-by-4 foot critter-proof coop for up to three hens. | Photo: Matthew Benson | thisoldhouse.com

10 Ways to Build a Better Chicken Coop

Surrounded by raised garden beds, this deluxe chicken coop has what it takes to keep chickens safe, healthy and laying fresh eggs: a minimum 4-by-8 foot screened-in run and a 4-by-4 foot critter-proof coop for up to three hens. | Photo: Matthew Benson | thisoldhouse.com

I think we have just enough space to build this and have some chickens...This is a nice chicken coop.

I think we have just enough space to build this and have some chickens...This is a nice chicken coop.

One of the best DIY coops (with photos and instructions) that I've found. Can't wait to build one!

One of the best DIY coops (with photos and instructions) that I've found. Can't wait to build one!

Growing sprouts for your chickens is a great way to save money and give them a healthy treat!

Growing Sprouts as Treats for Chickens

Growing sprouts for your chickens is a great way to save money and give them a healthy treat!

I love my beautiful chicken coop! DIY Plans are available online. I have had my coop for several years and the clean up is so easy! Plus I have never lost a chicken to a predator in this coop. I love looking at it from my kitchen window! Mine is the "Daisy" chicken coop.

I love my beautiful chicken coop! DIY Plans are available online. I have had my coop for several years and the clean up is so easy! Plus I have never lost a chicken to a predator in this coop. I love looking at it from my kitchen window! Mine is the "Daisy" chicken coop.

LOVE this coop - the vine on top would help keep them cool in the summer, as well as attract bugs for them to eat.:

LOVE this coop - the vine on top would help keep them cool in the summer, as well as attract bugs for them to eat.:

Cheap & Easy Chicken Coop Shade Trellis. I'm growing grapes up this trellis to shade the chickens from the summer heat.

Cheap & Easy Chicken Coop Shade Trellis. I'm growing grapes up this trellis to shade the chickens from the summer heat.

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