4×4 Chicken Coop Plans

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This step by step diy project is about 4×4 free chicken coop plans. This is a small chicken coop that is suitable for a few chickens and it features a super simple design. In addition, I have designed a large run. This coop features a side nesting box so you can harvest the eggs daily. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.

When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.

 

 

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4×4 Chicken Coop Plans

Building a 4x4 chicken coop

Building a 4×4 chicken coop

 

  • A– 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 4 pieces – 45″ long BASE
  • B – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 24″ long SKIDS
  • C – 9 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long FLOOR
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 48″ long, 4 pieces – 33″ long SIDE WALL
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 48″ long, 2 pieces – 33″ long, 1 piece – 45″ long, 2 pieces – 15 1/2″ long SIDE WALL
  • F – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 33″ long, 1 piece – 45″ long, 1 piece – 4 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 6″ long FRONT WALL
  • G – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 45″ long, 4 pieces – 33″ long BACK WALL 
  • H – 2 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 48 x63 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 17″x48″ long, 1 piece – 36″x48″ long PANELS
  • I – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 42″ long, 3 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 8″x16″ long RAFTERS
  • J – 2 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 42″x60″ long ROOF
  • K – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 60″ long, 4 pieces – 43 1/4″ long TRIMS
  • L – 40 sq ft of tar paper, 35 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
  • M – 1 piece of 1/2″ plywood – 34 1/2″x34 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 29 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 34 1/2″ long CHICKEN DOOR
  • N – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 34 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 39 1/2″ long JAMBS

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How to build a 4×4 backyard chicken coop

Floor frame

Floor frame

The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the 4×8 chicken coop. Cut the joists from 2×4 lumber, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the 96″ long joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Place the joists every 24″ on center and make sure the corners are square.

Fitting the posts

Fitting the posts

Fit the 4×4 posts to the frame of the chicken coop. Make sure the corners are square and clamp the posts to the floor frame. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to assemble everything together.

Fitting the floor slats

Fitting the floor slats

Fit the 2×6 boards to the floor of the chicken coop and align the edges flush. Leave no gaps between the boards, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock them to the floor frame.

Side wall frame - 4x4 coop

Side wall frame – 4×4 coop

Build the side wall frame from 2×2 lumber. Cut the components at the dimensions shown in the image. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square.

Side wall for coop

Side wall for coop

Build the opposite wall frame from 2x2s, in the same manner described above. As you can see in the diagram, leave an opening for the nesting boxes.

Back wall frame - 4x4 coop

Back wall frame – 4×4 coop

Build the back wall frame for the 4×4 coop using the info in the diagram.

Front wall frame

Front wall frame

Next, frame the front wall frame for the 4×4 chicken coop. You can adjust the size of the door of the coop to suit your needs.

Assembling the frame of the chicken coop

Assembling the frame of the chicken coop

Fit the wall frames to the floor of the coop. Align the edges and plumb the wall frames with a spirit level. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. Lock the adjacent walls together tightly with 2 1/2″ screws.

Side panel - chicken coop

Side panel – chicken coop

Use 1/2″ plywood for the side panel. Make a door opening for the chicken to go into the run. You can adjust the opening to suit your needs. Use 1 5/8″ screws to secure the panel to the frame of the coop.

Side panel - 4x4 chicken coop

Side panel – 4×4 chicken coop

Attach the panel to the other side of the coop. Align the edges flush and insert 1 5/8″ screws, to lock them panel into place tightly.

Building the rafters

Building the rafters

Use 2×2 lumber for the rafters. Mark the cut lines on the rafters and make the cuts with a circular saw.

Fitting the gussets

Fitting the gussets

Lay the rafters on a level surface and use 1/2″ plywood for the gusset. Attach the gusset to the rafters and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

Fitting the trusses

Fitting the trusses

Fit the trusses to the top of the 4×4 coop, making sure you place them equally spaced. Plumb the trusses with a spirit level, drill pilot holes and insert a 3 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

Front wall panel

Front wall panel

Use 1/2″ plywood for the front wall panel of the coop. Align the edges flush and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the panel into place tightly.

Back wall panels - 4x4 chicken coop

Back wall panels – 4×4 chicken coop

Cut and fit the plywood panel to the back of the coop.

Fitting the roof sheets

Fitting the roof sheets

Next, cut the roof panels from 1/2″ plywood. Center the panels to the top of the coop so you have 6 ft overhangs on both sides. Insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the panels to the rafters.

Side roof trims

Side roof trims

Fit the 1×4 trims to the sides of the chicken coop. Align the edges flush and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the trims into place tightly.

Front and back roof trims

Front and back roof trims

Use 1×4 trims for the front and back roof trims. Use a miter saw to make angle cuts at one end. Fit the trims to the chicken coop.

Fitting the roofing to the chicken coop

Fitting the roofing to the chicken coop

Fit the tar paper to the roof of the chicken coop. Afterwards, install the roofing shingles to the top of the 4×4 chicken coop.

Fitting the door jambs

Fitting the door jambs

Use 1×3 trims for the front wall door jambs. Align the edges flush and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the jambs into place tightly.

Building the front door

Building the front door

Use the panel that you cut out in the previous step for the door. Attach the 1×3 trims to the door and insert 1 1/4″ nails and glue to lock them together.

Fitting the front door

Fitting the front door

Fit the door to the front of the coop and align everything with attention. Use hinges to lock the door to the jambs and install a latch, as well.

How to build a 4x4 chicken coop

How to build a 4×4 chicken coop

Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint to the exterior of the coop to protect the components from decay.

4x4 Chicken coop plans

4×4 Chicken coop plans

 

4x4 chicken coop - Back view

4×4 chicken coop – Back view

This 4×4 chicken coop is easy to build and extremely durable. This coop is the perfect candidate if you want to go further and add insulation between the studs. I have tons of other chicken coop designs, so make sure you look over them to get some more building inspiration.

 

 

This woodworking project was about 4×4 chicken coop plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.

 

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