DIY

Turn an Old Camper into a Recycled Hen House

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Photo by Karen Denman
Chicken Little goes “glamping” inside this retrofitted trailer, which is now a comfy hen house.

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