When I decided I was ready to have chickens again, I knew I wanted this coop to have a storage area. The chicken coop was going to be in my garden so I didn’t want to keep walking to the barn everyday.
If you are building a chicken coop, I highly suggest building a storage room inside.
Benefits of a Chicken Coop Storage Area
So, I’ve raised chickens for a long time and when I knew I wanted chickens at our new house, I was determined to make my coop different. I loved my old coop, but now that I don’t have it anymore, I realize now it really wasn’t all that functional.
- It’s perfect to store all of the chicken’s feed, snacks, medicine, etc. I added two shelves in my storage area to place all the small things on. I keep gloves, zip ties, medicine, etc. (all the things) to have easy access to when I need them. I also installed hooks to hang my dust pan, poop sifter, hay string, shovel, rake, etc.
- Chicken Hospital – This is probably my favorite part. I recently had a hen that was injured and I needed to separate her until she got better. I was able to fit a dog crate on one side and make a comfortable bed for her while she sleeps at night. During the day, I would just open the door and Emma would just walk out into the garden. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I didn’t have this Chicken Coop Storage Area.
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How I Built My Storage Area
In the plans of my chicken coop, I made sure I put a window in my storage area so I would have good ventilation. Even though it’s the storage area, you still need this, especially when you live in a humid climate like I do. I measured 8×3 for my storage area. I didn’t need it to be huge but big enough to hold all the things.
Once I framed the exterior walls, I then measured and framed the interior wall divider. I had this old gate just sitting around and thought it would be cute as a door in my coop. I went with poultry netting inside as the coop is built pretty safe from critters. You could easily put windows in that space if you wanted to.
I added some old lathing I had left over from our home build and grabbed some hooks I had just sitting in a drawer. I have extras of all kinds of stuff haha.
I pretty much just used recycled and repurposed things I found that I’ve had over the years. I already had the paint too. Get creative. I even put some old prints and hung them in the storage area. You’ll hear negative comments about how your stuff won’t stay clean. Yes, chickens are nasty but I haven’t had one problem with my pretty things getting dirty. Just make sure you position your decor away from all the dust.
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How To Customize Your Storage Area
You can totally customize this space and go as small or large as you like. When you build your coop, just allow 4-5 sq. ft. per chicken. I also allowed 12 inches for them to nest on the roost at night.
The chicken storage area can be large enough to have space for a “jail” (bully chickens), “hospital” (injured chickens), feed and supplies. I love the size of mine and again, I’m so grateful that I created this space.
You can even add benches, shelves, whatever you like. Write down a list of things you would use your storage area for and then draw it out. I love how mine is both pretty and functional.
I hope this inspires you to build your own chicken coop and make sure you include a storage area. As always, tag me over on Instagram (@lhsimpleliving). I want to see your storage areas!