4×8 Gambrel Chicken Coop Plans

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This step by step diy project is about 4×8 gambrel chicken coop plans. I have designed this 4×8 chicken coop with a gambrel roof, so you can raise chickens and so you can also enhance the look of your backyard. This chicken coop is ideal if you want to raise up to 10 chickens in a stylish manner. 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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4×8 Gambrel Chicken Coop Plans

Building a gambrel chicken coop

Building a gambrel chicken coop

 

  • A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long SKIDS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 45″ long FRAME
  • C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long FLOOR
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 5 pieces – 60″ long 2xSIDE WALL
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 4 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 3 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 60″ long, 2 pieces – 72 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 73″ long, 1 piece – 31 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 9 1/2″ long FRONT WALL
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 24″ long, 4 pieces – 60″ long, 1 piece – 41″ long, 1 piece – 17″ long, 1 piece – 20 1/2″ long BACK WALL
  • G – 2 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x63″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x35 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x87 1/4″ long SIDING
  • H – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 18 1/2″ long 6xTRUSS
  • I – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 18 1/2″x96″ long ROOF
  • J – 80 sq ft of tar paper, 80 sq ft of asphalt shingles  ROOFING

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How to build a 4×8 gambrel chicken coop plans

Building the floor frame

Building the floor frame

The first step of the project is to build the floor for the chicken coop. As you can easily notice in the plans, you need to cut the components at the right dimensions and then lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Place the joists every 24″ on center. Align the edges flush for a professional result.

Fitting the skids

Fitting the skids

Use 4×4 for the skids. Select the location for the small barn chicken coop and then level the ground. Fit the skids and then toenail the floor frame into place.

Fitting the floor sheet

Fitting the floor sheet

Fit the 3/4″ plywood sheet to the floor frame. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws. Insert the screws every 8″ long.

Side wall - Frame

Side wall – Frame

Continue the project by framing the side walls from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 24″ on center for a professional result. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges with attention.

Building the rafters

Building the rafters

Continue the project by cutting the rafters for the gambrel roof. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you should make 22.5 degrees cuts to both ends of the rafters.

Gussets

Gussets

Lay the rafters on a level surface and then use 1/2″ plywood gussets to assemble the trusses. Leave no gaps between the rafters and then fit the gussets over the joints. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the joints together tightly.

Fitting the trusses

Fitting the trusses

Fit the trusses to the top of the side walls. Place the trusses into place and then plumb them with a spirit level. Toenail the trusses to the top plates, or you can use rafter ties.

Back wall - Frame

Back wall – Frame

Continue the project by framing the back wall for the small barn chicken coop. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to use 2×4 lumber for the walls. Frame the window and the door for the chickens. You can adjust the size of the opening to suit your needs. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything tightly.

Front wall - Frame

Front wall – Frame

Frame the front wall for the chicken coop, making sure you leave enough space for a front door. You will need this door so you can enter the coop and clean it. Use 2×4 lumber and 3 1/2″ screws to assemble everything tightly. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush, for a professional result.

Fitting the front and back wall frames

Fitting the front and back wall frames

Fit the front and the back walls to the barn coop. Align the edges flush and lock the frames to the sides walls using 2 1/2″ screws. In addition, drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the floor.

Tall side wall - Siding

Tall side wall – Siding

Fit T1-11 siding sheets to the plain side of the chicken coop. Cut the sheets at the right dimensions and then secure them into place with 6-8d nails. Insert the nails every 8″ along the framing.

Short side wall - siding

Short side wall – siding

Fit the siding sheets to the opposite side of the shed coop. Align the sheets to the top plate and insert the nails every 8″ to secure them into place tightly.

Front wall - siding

Front wall – siding

Cut the T1-11 siding sheet to the proper size and shape so you can fit it to the front wall. Make sure you cut out the door panel properly, as you will be needing it later on, when framing the door.

Back wall - siding

Back wall – siding

Cut the panel for the back wall, making sure you pay attention to the instructions described in the diagram. Use 6-8d nails to secure the panels to the framing.

Fitting the roof sheets

Fitting the roof sheets

Fit the 3/4″ plywood to the roof of the barn chicken coop. Align the edges flush and insert 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the rafters, so you can lock them into place tightly.

Fitting the roofing

Fitting the roofing

Make sure you fit the trims (PART 3 of the project) before attaching the tar paper and the asphalt shingles. Staple the tar paper to the roof of the barn chicken coop. Afterwards, fit the drip edges and install the asphalt shingles, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

4x8 Gambrel chicken coop plans

4×8 Gambrel chicken coop plans

As you can easily notice in the plans, this small chicken coop will be ideal for up to 10 chickens. Moreover the nesting boxes are placed to one side of the coop and they have a top lid, so you can harvest the fresh eggs daily. In addition, you can build a run to the back of the chickens.

4x8 Barn chicken coop plans - Back view

4×8 Barn chicken coop plans – Back view

This 4×8 gambrel shed chicken coop is easy to build and extremely durable. The coop comes with a large front door so you can clean the inside, a small back door so the chickens can get out and a large window for lots of light. Read PART 2 and PART 3 of the project so you learn how to build the nest box and the doors.

Remember that I have tons of other chicken coop plans on MyOutdoorPlans, so take a look HERE.

 

 

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  1. tyler at - Reply

    does this roof overhang the edges? Also I would like to replace the siding with rough sawn pine 1’x12′ would that screw up the roof overhang?

    • Julian at - Reply

      It doesn’t have side overhangs. You can use 1×12 boards.

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