A Frame Chicken Coop Plans

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This step by step woodworking project is about a-frame chicken coop plans free. If growing chickens in free range is not an option to you, either because of the predators or because you have a small backyard, a small chicken coop is the solution to your needs. Even amateur builders can get the job done in just a weekend, if the right plans and carpentry techniques are used. Adjust the size of the chicken coop to your needs and follow the step by step instructions.

We recommend you to buy weather-resistant lumber designed for outdoor use, such as cedar, pine or pressure treated. Make sure the wooden boards are perfectly straight and in a good condition (check for twists, rot or wane). Pre-drill the lumber before inserting the screws, to protect the wood from splitting. Align the components at both ends, before securing them into place, if you want to obtain a symmetrical look.

 

 

Projects made from these plans

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  • A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber 120” long, 2 pieces – 117 3/4″ long BRACES
  • B – 9 pieces of 2×4 lumber 60” long – cut at 60º at both ends RAFTERS 
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber 117 3/4” long TOP RIDGES
  • C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48 1/2″x56″ long, 1 piece – 28 3/4″x57 3/4″ long FLOOR & BACK
  • D – 2 pieces of 3/8” plywood 25×60 3/4”, 4 pieces of 1×3 25”, 4 pieces of 1×3 56 1/4” DOORS
  • E – 40 ft of 30” wide chicken wire CHICKEN WIRE
  • F – 15 fr of 2×2 lumber LADDER
  • G – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber 32 3/4” long – cut at 60º SUPPORTS

 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

 One weekend

 

 

Simple chicken coop plans

Simple chicken coop plans

Simple chicken coop plans

 

Building an a-frame chicken coop is a straight forward project, if you use the right plans and woodworking techniques. There are many designs and shapes to choose from, but this project is about a simple structure that can be built in just an weekend.

Top Tip: Adjust the size of the chicken coop in order to fit your needs and tastes. Work with great care and judgement, making sure all the components are perfectly aligned.

 

 

A frame chicken coop plans

Building the base of the frames

Building the base of the frames

Build the base for the frames out of 2×4 lumber.

Assembling the frames

Assembling the frames

Build the rest of the components for the frames and secure them to the base using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.

Building the a frame

Building the a frame

The first step of the project is to build the three A-shapes frames of the chicken coop. Therefore, cut the components from 2×4 lumber, using a good miter saw with a sharp blade. As you can see in the image, you have to cut the ends of the components at 60º, as to obtain a large structure.

Top Tip: Drill pilot holes in the lumber, before inserting the 2 1/2” wood screws, to prevent the lumber from splitting.

Building the end panel

Building the end panel

Build the end panel from 3/4″ plywood. If you want to have an easy access to the chicken run, you can cut this panel in half horizontally and use hinges to create a door. In this manner, you can take out the chickens easily, without lifting the whole chicken coop.

Attaching the bottom end

Attaching the bottom end

Continue the project by securing the A frames with lateral braces. Cut several 2×4 lumber at the right size and lock them into place, after fitting the chicken coop wire. Afterwards, secure the wise to the structure with 3/4” staples, every 2” along the braces and frame.

Top Tip: Build the back of the chicken coop from 3/4 plywood and lock it into place with 2” nails. Add glue to enhance the bond of the panel to the structure.

Fitting the side supports

Fitting the side supports

Make sure you align the braces properly. Check if the A-frames are plumb before attaching the braces.

A frame chicke coop handles

A frame chicken coop handles

On the other hand, you can cut the middle braces longer, so you can use them as handles when moving the chicken coop from one location to another. 12-16″ on each side of the chicken coop is enough to create nice handles. Smooth the edges with attention.

Building the upstairs room

Building the upstairs room

Afterwards, build the upstairs room supports from 2×4 lumber and secure them to the side braces of the chicken coop with screws. Cut the ends of the supports at 60º, with a miter saw. Align the components at both ends, drill pilot holes and insert the 2 1/2” screws, from the exterior.

Top Tip: Cut a piece of 3/4” plywood an place it on the supports. Next, secure it tightly by driving in 1 1/4” nails into the 2×4 supports.

Installing the coop's door

Installing the coop’s door

After you have built the nest area, you have to make the doors of the chicken coop an install it into place. We have build doors for the nest area, but you could also add another pair on the right side, to have a better access  to the rest of the sections.

Top Tip: Use 3/4” plywood to build the doors of the chicken coop, as well as 1×3 trims. Work with great care, making sure the cuts are accurate.

Installing the coop's door

Installing the coop’s door

Fit the doors into place and lock them tightly to the frame with several hinges and a simple latch. Proceed in the same manner for the rest of the doors, making sure they fit inside the openings and work properly.

Top Tip: Finish the A-shaped chicken coop by installing wire to the front end, as well as the 1×3 trims. Secure the trims into place with 2” nails, after making sure they are properly aligned.

Chicken coop ladder plans

Chicken coop ladder plans

The next step of the woodworking project is to build a small-scale ladder, to provide a better access for the chickens to the upstairs room. In order to get the job done quickly, use 2×2 lumber and 2 1/2” screws.

Cut the components with a miter saw and lay them on a level surface. Align the wooden elements properly, pre-drill the lumber and insert the wood screws. You should adjust the size of the ladder, as to fit your needs.

A frame checken plans

A frame chicken plans

Last but not lest, you have to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with a good wood putty and let the compound to dry out properly. Afterwards, sand the wooden surface with medium-grit sandpaper and clean the residues with a vacuum.

Top Tip: Protect the a frame chicken coop by applying several coats of  stain or paint. Attach handles to move the construction easily.

 

 

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  1. Jonathan at - Reply

    There are so many things wrong with these plans. The instructions are incredibly vague and misleading. The angles cut into the support beams are definitely not 60°, figuring the correct angle out as we speak. I am glad that I did not cut all of my support beams at 60 degrees or I would be heading back to the store to buy more wood. The supply list does not include many essentials like the floor piece of plywood for the nesting area, the plywood that covers the back of the coop, or hinges. I have made several trips back and forth to the store to get things that were left out of the supply list. If your goal was to make an easy design plan for a beginner to follow, you missed the mark.

    • Julian at - Reply

      If you are so knowledgeable regarding angles and so forth, there is no need to follow these plans. So many options on the internet, even for beginners. If your goal was to leave a mean comment, you succeeded. Good luck!

      • Jonathan at - Reply

        Julian, I am sorry, I should not have commented while my hands were still dirty and my mind twisted with frustration. The chicken coop is coming out very well, I appreciate these plans. I guess in reality all projects take some adjusting here and there.
        Some constructive criticism if I may: the support beams (G) should be cut at 30 degrees to get a snug fit. To be sure how long to cut beams, measure the bottom of the two middle braces (A) and cut supports accordingly (since the placement of the braces is somewhat eyeballed). The 9 pieces of wood that make up the rafters (A) fit just fine when cut at 60 degrees on both ends.
        Thanks for your time.

        • Julian at - Reply

          It’s ok, Jonathan. I understand your mixed feelings and I have over-reacted a little. For a beginner, these particular plans were too vague so I took this opportunity and made everything more clear. These were among the first plans I have created for this site. It’s a learning curve so I think things look now a lot better. I am glad to hear your project is looking good so far, thank you for your input and I am looking forward to seeing the end result of your work. Good luck!

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