Convert a playhouse into a cute chicken coop!

All of my chicken coops are quite different from each other and today I want to talk about my Silkie coop. We converted a plastic playhouse into a chicken coop. It's so stinking cute, that every time I post a picture somebody says "wait, that's really your coop? I thought it was from Pinterest!" lol Truth is, I can't take much credit for was made that cute. I just added the chickens!

Playhouse chicken coop conversion

Isn't that the cutest playhouse turned chicken coop...ever?

When I was looking to get a coop for my silkies, I had some very definite ideas about what I wanted. I knew it had to be tall enough to walk in. I knew it had to be super cute and I knew I didn't want to do wood again. 

We already did a wild west themed coop for our first coop so I didn't want a rustic look. Besides, wood coops are very difficult to keep clean. 

In any coop, poop and dirt end up pretty much everywhere. Walls ceilings...nowhere is off limits. Because of this, I like to power wash my coops yearly. The wood is just a giant pain in the butt to dry out each time you do that. 

I was looking for a plastic building to use as a chicken coop and I had looked at several different sheds and storage units when I came upon a kids playhouse on Craigslist. When we went to look at it, I just fell in love with it. I could absolutely see my silkie chickens living here! 

It was a Victorian style playhouse with two bay windows, a set of double doors and two single doors. The playhouse had cute little porches on the front and back and window boxes for flowers. It had plexiglass windows, not just holes for windows like some smaller playhouses. 

With all the doors it could be closed up completely making this the perfect playhouse to easily transform into a chicken coop!

The playhouse disassembled fairly easily. Two men took it apart and loaded it onto the trailer. We brought it back here to reassemble it but first we decided we needed to make a base for it. It's a standard wood platform sized exactly to the coop. It's nothing fancy, but it is sturdy.

How to convert a playhouse to a chicken coop

The area we were putting in on wasn't real flat so we did prop it up on concrete cornerstones so we could level it. We filled it in with pea gravel and placed the playhouse on top of the platform.

Now that the coop was in place we added locks on each door to keep predators out. We simply screwed the latches right into the plastic. These were nothing fancy, just latches from Lowes. We flip the locks closed every night and add small grappling hooks through the lock hole. 

I don't really want to mess with keys each day, and this is enough extra security that small raccoon hands can't get them open!

locks | playhouse | chickens coop

We did not need to add ventilation to the playhouse. Where the walls meet the ceilings it's not quite flush at many different spaces. We left those for ventilation and didn't have to drill any holes or make any adjustments. None of the spaces were big enough for anything to get in. 

The only thing I could see getting in through those holes is a snake, but I've yet to see a snake be able to climb straight up the plastic. These holes are about 5 feet off the ground, straight up. We haven't had any problem with the holes whatsoever although they could be stuffed with material if you needed to close them up. 

The holes are under the roof so water does not get in to the coop when it's raining.

We decided to run electric to the coop. 

My husband drilled a hole in the outside of the coop and ran the wires through there up the wall inside the coop. There is an outlet with a switch and the switch goes to a light bar on the ceiling. We chose to use LED lights. There's also a dimmer switch for the lights which is really convenient. 

(please excuse the dirt. Some of these pictures are from today and I haven't power washed yet this summer!)
run electric into chickens coop

It's nice to have the light in there as well as the outlet in case I want to use a heated water bowl in the winter. There is a wooden beam running the entire length of the playhouse. That was already in there for support all we did was mount the LED light bar to it.

The coop has two bay windows but it only has one window seat storage box and it consists of two pieces of plastic. One is the front and the other is the bench seat. You can put this in either one of the two bay windows. I put it in the back window. 

With the side window being empty space, we cut some boards to fit and place them in the slots in the wall as roosts. I believe at one point there were things you could buy to adjust the playhouse or expand it, and that's why there's all those notches in the walls. Those are the notches that we use to fit the roosting bars into. It works out perfectly.

Adding nest boxes to the chicken coop

In order to add nesting boxes I chose to use storage containers with an open front. These containers are designed to be stacked in your closet so you can reach in and get whatever you want. I put these nest boxes on the floor since silkies do not fly very well. This way they don't have to struggle to get up to a high nest box.

Whenever I have a lot of birds in this coop I add extra empty cat litter containers that I've converted into Free nest boxes. I even paint them so they're kind of cute and match the look of the coop a little bit.

I also use that ceiling brace to hang a feeder so it's not sitting on the ground. I have the waterer sitting by the feeder on a paving stone. I use the space under the window seat as storage for extra chicken feed and cleaning supplies.

This coop is really great because I can power wash it every year and it comes very clean. It only takes a few hours to dry out. 
The plastic this chicken coop is made out of holds up to the cold and it holds up to the heat. I have it situated under the trees right at the edge of the woods. This helps it to not overheat in the summer. 

I imagine if it was in full sun all day the windows would create a greenhouse effect. It only gets dappled sunlight where it is now.
I have had absolutely no problem with predators getting into the coop when the doors are shut and locked. 

I've had no rain leakage or snow get inside the coop. As long as it's shut and locked it stays watertight. It also doesn't matter how bad the winds are blowing, the chickens are perfectly safe inside this converted playhouse.

When we got the coop it was estimated to be about 10 years old. That was in 2011. So that should tell you how long you can expect something like this to last outside. There is very little wear on it. There's a few tiny stretch stress fractures here and there but there's not actual break down to it whatsoever. 

It's holding up really well and the plastic makes it super easy to do yearly cleaning, which was exactly what I was looking for with this coop! 

I shot a video of the inside and outside of the coop. You can see it here: 

I think this is just the most adorable coop I have here on the farm! It's not terribly big, so it's a really good fit for the silkies. It was a fun project converting this playhouse into a chicken coop. 


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  1. This coop is so adorable! What a fun idea, I wouldn't have thought to convert a playhouse. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop.

  2. What a great idea and this chicken has to be the nicest in the world or at least close to it. Your have some lucky chickens to live in such a luxury coop. You did a great job and seemed to hit all the proper necessary adjustments that chickens would need. Thanks for sharing. Pinned & tweeted. Congratulations on being featured on #WasteLessWednesdays ! Have a healthy, happy & blessed day!

  3. Thank you so much for the information. We were given the very same play house and we are also converting ours into a coop. We hope to have chickens in it by the end of the week.

    1. Awesome! You're going to love it. Of all my coops it is definitely the easiest to clean. Good luck with it!