The Accidental Chicken Coop

This post is coming to you from the lesser-half of Interiors by Kenz. Usually I’m the behind the scenes person, making the blog actually RUN. Today is different though; today I am going to tell you the tale of when I accidentally built a chicken coop when Kenz what as orchestra rehearsal.

Quick Chicken Coop

As you may remember, Kenz and I got chickens. We debated about what type of coop we should build. And then we went to Disneyland and tricked my brother left my brother to look after them (and the dogs) for a week. When we came back we found out that we had in fact bought MUTANT CHICKENS (and one rooster). They grew about triple the size in the week we were gone.  (One of the ladies is also a man.  Shoot.)

Quick Chicken Coop

I feel bad making my brother take care of them, but not as much as you might think. He DOES still owe us money for a chair we “sold” him (no real, actual money has changed hands yet), and we brought him back a super awesome shirt from the Magical Kingdom.  (Not a poncho.)

Chicken Coop

Anyway, back to the matter at hand. Upon our return to find our little baby chicks had tripled in size we realized that they were WAY to big (and stinky) to remain in the house. I decided that the next day I would set out to build a temporary pen for them in the garage until we could decide what type of coop to build.

So, the next day I stopped off at Cal-Ranch on my way home from work the next day (sidebar: I don’t recommend going back to work the day after vacation… it sucks) to buy some chicken wire for my TEMPORARY PEN. While I was there I bought some wood shavings to be used as bedding for the pen. After I made my purchases I headed home to start my quick little project.

Some of you might know (and the rest of you will learn) that Kenz and I never hesitate to knock down walls. Because of that (and the myriad other projects we get up to) we have LOTS of scrap material. This meant that I had plenty of wood (he-he, get it?) to get the job done without a trip to the beloved lumber department at Lowe’s. I started the project by clearing a spot in our junk-filled garage for the TEMPORARY PEN. Basically all I did was put away Kenzie’s panting supplies. Seriously, the girl has more left-over paint than the blue-man group after slow-season.

After cleaning and some quick measurements I began cutting some of the scrap into what would form the frame of my TEMPORARY PEN. And then I measured and cut some more… for sturdiness? Whatever, I just wanted to do the job RIGHT.

Some of the cut up scraps, all ready to be screwed  together.

Some of the cut up scraps, all ready to be screwed together.



Well, I got the basic frame laid out in my mind… and added to it (wouldn’t it be nice if they just had a little roof here? And a ramp there?). So I cut some scrap up for that too. At some point I realized that plain old drywall screws just wouldn’t do, so I sent Karl to the store to get some SPAX screws. Seriously, these are the best thing that’s ever happened to me. They come with a special bit, and they are designed so you don’t have to drill pilot holes. USE THEM.

Well, like I said… I set out to build a TEMPORARY PEN. But that’s not really how it worked out in the end. With some simple modifications to what I ended up with I can easily add a tin roof, or even a planter box. Now all we need to do is get rid of that rooster… chicken soup anyone?

Quick Chicken Coop

Quick Chicken Coop

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  • Aaron!! It’s nice to finally meet you! lol. I think you did a positively splendid job here on this Accidental coop! bravo! Don’t feel too bad about one of your ladies being a dude, My step mother bought 6 chicks spring before last and EVERY LAST ONE turned out to be a bro. What are the odds?! ….about 50/50 actually…

    • Kenz

      HHAHAHAHAH! Oh my heck. I can’t believe they were all roosters!!!

  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    Awwww, I’m sorry your dude looked like a lady in the beginning. Puberty is a horrifying, changing thing in all species. But! You did build the coop. So you win!

    • Kenz

      Puberty is the absolute worst!

  • Hi Aaron! Great job!!! I can’t believe how fast they’re growing!

    • Kenz

      They are growing like weeds!

  • I had a duck growing up. Her name was Roger. Birds are tough.

    • Kenz

      lol, her name was Roger. Lady, you kill me.

  • On the tin roof- It is easier to buy a sheet of tin. But if you want to be a little more interesting and frugal there is this:

    I have wanted to build a gazeboo and try this for the roof for a while (no good spot in my yard 🙁 )

    • Kenz

      Solid idea. Thanks Amber!

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    LOVE it! This looks so good and what a great space for them to have.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Katja!

  • [email protected]

    nice work! all our chicks ever got before they moved outside was a big plastic storage bin with shavings in it, so I hope yours realize how lucky they are!

    • Kenz

      bahaha “lucky.” Our poor chickens.

  • Yep. Get rid of the rooster. He will be nothing but noise and trouble and then probably a pecking incident.

    I was terrified of our roosters when we were growing up. The amount of testosterone that comes out of their puny little glands must be enormous (especially when you consider the size of their brains relative to their bodies). I remember carrying a stick with me to collect the eggs in case I had to fend off a crazed rooster/deranged-attacking-machine.

    That aside – love the coop! Your chickens look so happy in their little home!

    Also – I can’t even find someone to watch my dog, let alone baby chicks. Lucky to have a brother like that! 🙂

    • Kenz

      HAHAHAHAHA I am imagining you beating the rooster with a stick while trying to cross the yard. I adore you!

  • Heidi Selover

    NOT TO BE DRAMATIC BUT YOUR CHICKENS SCARE THE SHIZ OUT OF ME. That being said, I can’t wait to live with them.

    • Kenz

      haha, lezbehonest… They scare me too. haha! I like to look at them, but I will NOT pick them up anymore. They can’t wait for you to live here too 😉

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    How are the chickens doing? Inquiring minds need to know 🙂