Chicken Coop Ideas – Turn a Kids Playhouse into a Chicken Coop

One Hundred Dollars a Month reader Katie sent in some AWESOME pictures of an old kids playhouse she and her family turned in to a chicken coop.  How cool is that?

Here’s what Katie had to say about her coop.

“Its small, but the girls are mighty!  We have 2 Red Stars, both 10 months old.  We converted our kids playhouse for the coop and used an existing fence to support the run.”

“The girls {Cinnamon and Polly} are living the sweet life with plenty of fruit and vegetable scraps.  We are quite close to our neighbors and living in a neighborhood with an HOA.  Its been 2 months since we’ve had them and no one has noticed and/or cared. 

The girls are quiet and free eggs for the neighbors doesn’t hurt either.”

“It may not be fancy, but this baby cost us less than $100 to build including the birds, which we bought from a free range farmer for $12 each.  Love that we are teaching our kids about where their food comes from.  Plus, who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner once a week.”

I don’t know about you Katie, but I think the faux fireplace will come in handy during the winter months. It’s a good thing you installed a roosting bar so they don’t get too hot. HA!

Oh, and the refurbished play house also works as a great time-out spot as well.

Well done Katie, well done!


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  1. kristin says

    Very nice! We will be trying to convert our old playhouse into a coop very soon. How did you attach the chicken wire to the windows? Thanks!

  2. Cheryl says

    I need to know how you attach the nesting box to the side and also the wire to the windows….please respond asap since I am in the process of wanting to do it this week….Thanks

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