Depending on your needs, buying an expensive chicken coop may not be necessary. If you’re looking for an affordable coop for a few laying hens in your yard, you can either build or buy one.
When I built my own coop, I wanted it to be big enough so there would be room to grow my flock but not break the bank. That was over 10 years ago, and there weren’t nearly as many chicken coop options available as there are today. In fact, many coops today can be purchased for under $200.
Having said that…you will get what you pay for sometimes, right? But there are a few good options in this price range to consider. In many, a few simple revisions can be made to make a “cheap chicken coop” into a decent, affordable, functional coop for your flock.
In the “under $200” price range, just know that you will rarely get a large coop which can house more than around 4 chickens. On occasion we’ll find a few options in this price point that will house up to 8! So they can be found.
Below are a few of the most common chicken houses available in this price range…we’ve summarized chicken coop reviews, providing both positive and negatively reviewed products so you have a good idea of what you’re buying. We never buy any product online unless we have a good feeling about it’s quality (or lack thereof). We’re hoping you find just the right chicken coop for your flock!
The coops are listed below in no particular order…Also, prices may vary from day to day from what is stated.
POTBY 41” Chicken Coop, Deluxe Wooden Rabbit Hutch Pet Cage Shelter Hen House with Waterproof Roof, Ladder and Egg Box for Bunny, Rabbit, Chicken and Other Small Animals Outdoor Backyard Garden
- Price: $141.99 (free shipping but not Prime)
- Built of Fir wood materials
- Waterproof and mildew resistant
- Removable bottom for easier cleaning
- Easy to assemble
- Well ventilated with 2 doors
- Can be used by a variety of pets
- Nice looking coop
What Others Say
- Easy to Assemble (per most reviews)
- Large enough for 2 chickens (although will work better for smaller chickens like Bantams)
- Attractive design
- Roof Keeps it dry – made of asphalt material, longer lasting.
- Much smaller than it looked – can hold 2 chickens but it’s a bit tight.
- Limited Instructions for assembly – though most said it was fairly easy to assemble.
- Not predator proof against large predators
- Some revisions made in the run for additional space
- Does not come with a roost
This coop was bought by both rabbit and chicken owners, most buying it for rabbits. Having said that, there were reviews from chicken owners as well. Some said the directions were not clear, but most owners said it was easy to assemble .
Another good sign (so far) is that people are not complaining about the coop being warped, broken etc. upon delivery, which which has been an issue with coops in this price range. Perhaps they’ve created a way to ship it safely that some of the other companies have not.
The biggest “con” with this coop was it’s size. As is common when looking at pictures of coops online, they are often smaller than they look once fully assembled. People estimated no more than 2 full size chickens, some said only one or maybe two smaller breeds like Bantams. In other words, you can buy it for two chickens but it’s likely to be a bit cramped. Some folks used it as a brooder for their chicks and then transitioned them to a larger coop once they grew.
Another theme which stood out is that modifications were sometimes made to make it more user friendly for the chickens, some moving the ramp a bit to make it easier for the birds to use it. Also, it does not come with a roost so one will have to be added inside – not a hard accessory to install, thankfully. For roost ideas, see our article here.
Although there are not a lot of reviews so far, we were cautiously optimistic that “low quality” was not a common theme mentioned. For the price, not a lot of additional modifications are being done. We’ll continue to watch the reviews over time but it’s looking favorable so far. For more information about this coop, or to buy it, click here.
Lovupet 70in Deluxe Wooden Chicken Coop Pet Cage Rabbit Hen Hutch with Nest Box and Backyard, Ventilation Window 0326/X0327
- 3 doors for easy access for entry to coop, run, and for gathering eggs.
- Attached run allows for added space to walk
- Comes with a roost
- Predator proof
- Can be used for a variety of animals
What Others Say
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So far, there are no reviews but we wanted to add this coop to our site as we continue to watch. It is an attractive coop, not large by any stretch, but looks like it should house 2-3 chickens comfortably. Also, the nest boxes jut out from the main area, allowing for more space inside the coop. Also, the run seems a bit larger than others in this price range.
It does not look like it would stand up to larger predators based on materials it’s made of, but adding some large rocks around the perimeter would deter some of the larger animals.
The window is only an opening with trim around the outside and wire mesh to cover the opening – we like this, as it gives decent ventilation.
Also, an encouraging sign is that the company offers discounts or refunds due to damage during shipping.
We’ll keep an eye on this coop and see how it does over time, providing updates as more of them are sold. To buy this coop or to get more information on this coop, click here.
Petsfit Weatherproof Outdoor Chicken Coop with Nesting Box, Bottom Can be Removed for Easy Cleaning, 1-Year Warranty
- Price: $169.99 on Amazon
- Holds 3-4 chickens
- 3 bottom floor panels can be lifted out for easy cleaning
- Nesting box with divider and hinges to lift lid from the outside
- 1 year warranty
- Rain resistant
- Dimension: 53″L X 25″W X 28″H
- Wood is Cedar
What Others Say...
- Roof can be removed for easy cleaning, and some people added hinges to it to aid in this process vs nailing it down
- Easy to clean
- Minimal modifications needed
- Adequate space for more than 4 chickens, with some people having up to 7 or 8.
- Easy to assemble
- Attractive Design
- Some people complained the wood warped when it rained
- May not hold up well in harsher cold conditions without additional covering
- A few complaints about floor design
Compared to other coops in its price range, this one ranked better overall because it has a roost and nest box inside and, although it’s not perfect, the materials are more solid than in other designs. Fewer revisions needed to be made overall. Some positive reviews stated the coop is doing well after 3 years, showing it can better stand the test of time. Many reviewers either painted or added more protection against the elements to make it more durable in inclement weather.
Also, many owners of this coop felt that the company accurately represented the number of chickens this coop can hold at 4 chickens. There were other reviewers who said the coop could hold up to 8 chickens, but this was not typical.
For overall value, we’d pick this coop over many of the others in this price range. The materials may not be as high end as in more expensive coops, but most reviewers were not having to make as many adjustments to the coop right out of the box. In other similarly priced competitors, this was a more common issue. For more information or to buy this coop, click here.