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
- 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
- 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 5 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 10 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 5 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 3 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8′
- hinges for chicken door
- latch for large door
- 40 sq ft of tar paper, 40 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4d nails, 2″ nails, 1 1/2″ nails
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- PART 1: 4×4 Chicken Coop with Run Plans
- PART 2: 4×4 Chicken Coop Nesting Boxes Plans
4×4 Chicken Coop – Video
How to build a 4×4 backyard chicken coop
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Build the back wall frame for the 4×4 coop using the info in the diagram.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use 2×4 lumber for the rafters. Mark the cut lines on the rafters and make the cuts with a circular saw.
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.
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.
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.
Cut and fit the plywood panel to the back of the coop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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