How to build a simple chicken coop

Mr. HowToSpecialist January 24, 2013 Comments Off
How to build a simple chicken coop

This step by step diy project is about how to build a simple chicken coop. Building an easy chicken coop is a nice weekend project, if you want fresh eggs every day. This article features detailed instructions about making a simple A-frame chicken coop, that can be built by virtually any person with average woodworking skills. Work with attention and plan everything from the very beginning, if you want to get a professional result.


 

When building an easy chicken coop by yourself, there are several aspects that you should take into account, especially if you want to get a professional result. First of all, you need to use weather-resistant lumber, as the chicken coop will be exposed to moisture. Pressure-treated lumber, pine or cedar are great choices, as long as the components are straight and in a good visual condition.

On the other hand, you should drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the screws, to prevent the lumber from splitting. Always align the components at both ends, if you want to get a nice appearance. It is essential to attach handles to the chicken coop, as you need to move it from time to times. In this manner, you can ease the procedure and two persons are enough to get the job done.

In order to build a simple chicken coop, you need to use the following:

Materials:

  • A - 9 pieces of 2×4 lumber 60” long FRAME
  • B - 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber 32 3/4” long – both ends cut at 60º, 3/4″ plywood NEST
  • C - 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber 120” long, 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 150″ long SUPPORTS
  • D - 2 pieces of 3/8” plywood 24×60 3/4”, 4 pieces of 1×4 – 24”, 4 pieces of 1×4 – 53 3/4” DOORS
  • E - 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 25″, 4 pieces – 24″, 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 25″ TRIMS
  • F - 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 44 1/2″ long, 6 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 11″ long LADDER
  • G - 100 sq ft of chicken wire WIRE

Tools:

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

Tips:

  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface
  • Fit 1×4 trims to add character to your woodworking project

Time:

  • One Day

 

Building an easy chicken coop

Building a chicken coop

Building a chicken coop

 

Smart tip: Building a chicken coop is a great backyard project, especially if you have a large garden or if you want to have fresh eggs every morning. In this project we show you detailed plans for building an easy chicken coop.

 

How to build a simple coop

Building the a-frames

Building the a-frames

The first step of the project is to build the frames of the chicken coop. In order to get a professional result, you need to build three triangles, using 2×4 lumber. Make sure you use a miter saw to cut the boards at angle. In addition, align the boards at both ends before locking them together with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws.

Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the lumber from splitting.

Building the frame of the coop

Building the frame of the coop

Continue the woodworking project by securing the triangles together with 2×4 slats, as in the image. Make sure you place the components equally spaced, if you want to get a professional result from the very beginning.

Work with attention and with good judgement, if you want to get a professional result. Use a spirit level to check if the A-frames are plumb, before installing the slats.

Installing the back

Installing the back

The next step of the project is to attach the back wall of the chicken coop. As you can see in the image, you need to cut the piece out of 3/4″ plywood. Use a circular saw with a sharp bade to get the job done with attention.

Attach the piece of plywood to the A-frames and secure them into place with 1 1/4″ screws. Work with attention and with great care, making sure you align the component at both ends.

Building the nest

Building the nest

Afterwards, you should frame the nest for your chicken coop. As you can see in the image, you need to attach the handles, before installing the 2×4 rafters. Use a spirit level when installing the rafters, as to make sure the surface is perfectly horizontal.

Smart tip: Cut a small piece of 3/4″ plywood and fit it on top of the rafters, if you want to get a professional result. Drill pilot holes and secure the floor to the rafters with 1 1/4″ screws.

Fitting the trims

Fitting the trims

As you can notice in the image, you need to round the ends of the middle braces, as you will be using them when moving the chicken coop in your backyard. Attach chicken wire to the frame and secure it into place with staples.

Smart tip: Fit 2×2 trims over the wire to lock it into place properly and to enhance the look of your project. Work with attention and with great care, if you want to get a professional result.

Fitting the door

Fitting the door

Building a door is a great idea, especially if you want to have an easy access to the nest. In this manner, you will protect the chickens from bad weather and rain, but you can also collect the eggs easily, every morning.

Attach the wooden trims to the 3/4″ plywood piece, in order to get a professional result. Fit the door into place and secure it to the middle component with metal hinges.

The side of the nest

The side of the nest

As you can see in the image, you need to build another door, exactly in the same manner described above, for the opposite side of the chicken coop. You can secure the components to the frame with screws or you can install hinges, if you want to have a better access to the nest.

Smart tip: Work with attention and with great care and choose the best solution for your needs, when building the chicken coop.

Building the ladder

Building the ladder

 

Build a simple ladder from 2×2 lumber, using these plans. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

Smart tip: Cut the ends of the supports at angles, as to fit into place properly.

 

How to build a simple chicken coop

How to build a simple chicken coop

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper.

Smart tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of your chicken coop.

 

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