Small Chicken Coop

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Small Chicken Coop

Building-the-floor

First of all, I have assembled the frame for the chicken coop base and attached the 3/4″ plywood floor. I made sure all corners were square before inserting the screws. I have used reclaimed wood, so the coop will have a rustic look.

Floor-insulation

Then, I have cut several insulation sheets to the proper dimensions and fitted them inside the frame. This will keep the floor warn during the winter days.

Chicken-coop-floor

Attach the other plywood piece to the floor frame, in order to seal it. Insert screws to lock the sheet into place.

Building-the-frame

I used scrap wood to frame the side walls and secure them to the floor, as shown in the image. I used a spirit level to make sure the walls are perfectly plumb.

Chicken-coop-frame

Next, I framed the front and back walls. I placed them to the floor of the chicken coop and lock them into place using 2 1/2″ screws. I also drove a few nails into the adjacent walls to create a rigid structure.

Wall-insulation

Next, I attached the exterior siding to the wall frames. I also fitted 1 1/5″ thick insulation sheets to the walls frames.

Back-wall

I attached siding to the rest of the walls, as it can be seen in the image.

Back-wall-insulation

As you can notice in the image, i left an opening for the back door. The back door will be used to take the eggs and to clean the chicken coop.

Front-wall-insulation

I fitted insulation to the front wall, in order to protect the chicken coop from cold weather.

Interior-walls

Next, I have installed the 1/4″ plywood interior wall to the frames. I also fitted 1×1 lumber to the corners, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.

Ceiling-support

I installed a few supports to the top of the chicken coop. If you are going to store heavy items under the roof, I recommend you to use several 1×3 slats or to build the ceiling out of 3/4″ plywood.

Attaaching-the-ceiling

I attached the plywood ceiling to the structure and locked it into place using screws.

Fitting-the-roof

Next, I framed the roof and I secured the rafters into place by using 2 1/2″ screws.

Exterior-walls

I continued the project by fitting the rest of the siding to the gable ends.

Painting-the-small-chicken-coop

I placed the chicken coop on top of several bricks to protect it from moisture. You could also follow the initial plans and build a base for the chicken coop. Adjust the height at which you place the coop according to your needs.

Roof-hinge

I reused a piano hinge to create a storage compartment under the roof. This storage area will be ideal for keeping the seeds for the chickens or other garden items.

Small-chicken-coop

 

From Jack Sander

This is a project I have been planning for a long time, but I have never found the right plans for my needs. I used a lot of the scrap lumber I had in my backyard from previous projects, so it was a win-win situation.

I followed the small chicken coop plans and everything went smoothly. It took me several days to assemble everything, as I measured twice and cut once, to prevent mistakes. I insulated the walls, the floor and the ceiling of the chicken coop with polystyrene sheets. In addition I created a storage space under the roof of the chicken coop, by installing a large piano hinge.

I still have a few things left to do to finish the small chicken coop. Therefore, I need to install asphalt shingles to the roof, to fit a front door and to build a run. Overall, I am pleased with the result and I am now confident in my building skills, so I will tackle even more projects in the future.

 

From Plans: http://myoutdoorplans.com/animals/how-to-build-a-small-chicken-coop/

Difficulty Level: medium

Time Required: 3 days

Total Cost: <50 $

 












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