Turn an Old Camper into a Recycled Hen House

A thrifty homesteader from Oregon transformed an old, junky camper into a snug hen house.
By Karen Denman
August/September 2014
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Chicken Little goes “glamping” inside this retrofitted trailer, which is now a comfy hen house.
Photo by Karen Denman

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I built a henhouse 20 years ago, and eventually the only thing holding it together was the chicken poop on the floor. I went on a mission to find the perfect upgrade.

I found an old camper on Craigslist that wasn’t in good enough shape for a person to live in, but it turned out to be perfect for my hens. I purchased it for $200, which is less than half the price I had paid for materials to build a coop from scratch 20 years earlier.

I used peeled poles to roll the camper-turned-henhouse into place. I used a Sawzall saw to take out the stove, water tank and heater, remove the cabinet doors, and cut holes in the closets to create perfect nesting boxes. Finally, I cut the back out of the battery box and added a ramp for the girls to come and go as they please. My hens love their custom “glamping” (glamorous camping) setup in this funky recycled henhouse.

Karen Denman
Rogue River, Oregon

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7/24/2014 9:11:35 PM
I know you bought the camper on Craigslist but could you give more details and pictures? It looks like the camper my father built. It was given to my brother and he sold it.

7/24/2014 12:28:06 PM
So cool - up cycling at it's best! Have any pics of the inside? This is so cool!

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