The problem is, most prebuilt coops cost several hundred dollars, thus erasing any money you’ll save on eggs. Even if you go through a couple dozen eggs a week, it would be well over a year before saving enough on eggs to offset the cost of a prebuilt chicken coop. Besides, not everyone has hundreds of dollars lying around.
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Fortunately, if you can gather some scrap wood and are willing to do a little work, you can build your own chicken coop for less than $15. If that sounds too good to be true, watch this video by DIY Homestead Muddy Acres.
Here’s what she used to build it:
- Used pallets – Free on Craigslist
- Screening for windows – $9.70
- Hinges and latches for doors – $1.97
It took her three days to build the coop from these materials. It ended up being 7×10 feet and includes four nesting boxes, windows for light, roosting bars, and everything else a chicken needs. Watch the video below to check it out.