Learn how to build a backyard chicken coop with this free chicken coop plan! We’ve made it easy by breaking it down into 10 easy steps to follow so you can build a chicken coop fit for your flock.
Backyard Chicken Coop For A Happy Flock
Other chicken coop plans may leave you stumped. And to help you we’ve simplified this easy chicken coop plan that is sure to have your hens housed in no time. If you’re looking for something more unique, head over here to get inspiration for your DIY chicken coop with these creative chicken coop designs and ideas.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 – 2 x 4 x 10
- 29 – 1 x 6 x 8
- 18 – 2 x 4 x 8
- 1 – ½ inch x2 feet x8 feet Particle Board or Plywood
- 3 sets of hinges
- 3 door handles
- 3 door latches
- Wood screws
- Nails to attach ½ flooring to floor frame
- Power drill with bit for wood screws
- Skill saw
- Miter saw
- Tape measure
Tip: Goggles and gloves should always be worn when working with power equipment. Keep children at a safe distance.
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Step 1: Build the Coop Frame
Floor Frame: The floor frame is 8 feet long by 2 feet wide with a center brace to support the flooring material. This is created with 2 x 4 lumber. You will need to cut three pieces of 2 x 4 lumber 21 inches long. Assemble the pieces of wood as shown above. Attach the frame pieces together using wood screws.
Attach the 2 x 4 x 8 particle board or plywood to the top of the frame to create the sub floor.
Left Wall Frame: Use a 2 x 4 lumber to build the left end wall frame of the coop. You will need two 24″ and two 17″ 2 x 4 pieces. Assemble as shown below and attach all the pieces with wood screws.
Right End ‘Cleanout’ Door Frame: You will also need a 2 x 4 lumber to build the right end cleanout door frame. You will need two 24″ and two 17″ 2 x 4 pieces. Attach the pieces of wood together and assemble as shown below.
Step 2: Fit Together The Frames
Attach each wall to the floor base frame and all corners and secure with wood screws.
Step 3: Build The Egg Door Frame
Use a 2 x 4 lumber to make the egg door frame. Follow the diagram below to cut your lumber. Attach the pieces together with wood screws. Make two of these, one for each end of the chicken coop. There is a 1 ½ space between the top of the angled pieces for a 2 x 4 x 8 to fit in. This space will be the ridge post and what the roof joists will be connected to.
Step 4: Build The Roof Frame
Attach the roof joists every 24 inches on center. Do not to place a joint where the roof door will be. The opening should be 43 ¾ inches as measured from the inside of the end joist and the middle joist.
Step 5: Attach Siding
Use a 1 x 6 lumber for the siding. Attach the siding to the frame with wood screws. Do not put siding on the right end wall and do not attach siding to the left end gable. Attach siding to the right end gable.
Step: 6 Build The Cleanout Door
The cleanout door frame measures 24″ by 24″. It is constructed of 1 x 6 lumber. You will need two 24-inch boards and two 13-inch boards. Secure the frame with wood screws. When the frame is complete, attach 1 x 6 siding.
Attach the hinges to the door and fasten to the right end of the chicken coop. Attach the door handle.
Step 7: Construct The Egg Door
Construct the egg door with 1 x 6 lumber as shown in the image above. Attach hinges to the bottom of the egg door and then attach to the left side wall.
Step 8: Construct The Roof Door
Using this diagram, build a frame for the roof door. The frame measures 48″ wide and 19 ¼” tall. Construct the frame using 2 x 4s. Cut two 41-inch and two 19 ¼-inch boards. Attach hinges and secure to the roof.
Step 9: Build Nesting Boxes
You can create a nesting box from scrap 1 x 6 lumber. Cut two 21-inch and two 12-inch boards and fit together into a box. Set the box on the floor right under the egg door for easy access.
Step 10: Attach Latches On The Doors
Keep your chicken secure from predators by attaching latches on each door.
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That’s all, my fellow homesteaders! The chicken coop is complete! I hope this post helped you build a shelter for your chickens. Happy Homesteading!
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Want another project to make your chicken-keeping easier? Check out here 10 Easy To Build Chicken Watering Stations to keep your flock well hydrated!
This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Featured Image Via MyPetChicken