This step by step diy project is about 4×8 backyard chicken coop plans. I have designed this 4×8 chicken coop with a gable roof, so you can raise chickens for eggs and meat. This is a simplified chicken coop so you can keep the costs down and so you can get the job done by yourself. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
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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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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4×8 Backyard Chicken Coop Plans
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- A – 6 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 13″ long, 4 pieces – 42 3/4″ long, 3 pieces – 41″ long BASE
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long FLOOR
- C – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 96″ long, 5 pieces – 45″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- D – 6 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 45″ long, 1 piece – 34 1/2″ long BACK WALL
- E – 5 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 45″ long, 2 pieces – 5 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 34 1/2″ long FRONT WALL
- F – 10 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 36″ long, 1 piece – 96″ long RAFTERS
- G – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x73 3/4″ long WALLS
- H – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 37 1/2″x54″ long ROOF
- I – 70 sq ft of tar paper, 70 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- 9 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 5 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 22 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 70 sq ft of tar paper, 70 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4d nails, 6d nails,
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- PART 1: 4×8 Backyard Chicken Coop Plans
- PART 2: 4×8 Backyard Chicken Coop Roof Plans
Backyard Chicken Coop – Video
Step 1: How to build a 4×8 backyard chicken coop floor
The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the chicken coop. As you can easily notice in the plans, cut the components from 4×4 lumber. Use a miter saw to cut the components and then drill pocket holes at both ends of the green components. Align the edges and make sure the corners are square. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the components together tightly.
Next, you need to assemble the frame for the chicken coop floor. Use 4×4 lumber for the supports and drill pocket holes at both ends, on both sides. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the supports to the side frames.
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″ along the frame of the floor.
Step 2: Building the wall frames
Build the side wall frames from 2×2 lumber. Cut all the components at the dimensions shown in the diagram and then lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 24″ on center. Align the edges and make sure the corners are square.
The next step is to build the front wall frame. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then lay everything on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs.
Build the back wall frame using the same techniques described above.
Fit the wall frames to the floor of the chicken coop and align the edges flush. Plumb the walls with a spirit level and then drill pilot holes through the bottom plates. Insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock the wall tightly to the floor.
Step 3: Attaching the wall panels
Use 3/4″ plywood for the side walls. Mark the cut lines on the side wall sheet and use a circular saw to make the cut outs. Align the edges with attention and insert 2″ nails to secure the sheet to the wall frame, every 8″.
Fit the plywood sheet to the opposite side of the backyard chicken coop. Use 2″ nails every 8″ along the framing, to secure the sheet into place tightly.
Step 4: Building the gable roof
Use 2×2 lumber for the rafters. Mark the cut lines on the rafters and then get the job done with a circular saw.
Fit the rafters to the top of the chicken coop, every 24″ on center. Drill pilot holes through the components and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.
Cut the back wall from 3/4″ plywood and then secure it to the coop with 2″ nails.
Fit the front wall to the chicken coop, as well.
Use 3/4″ plywood for the roof sheets. Cut the sheets at 37 1/2″x54″ and then secure them to the top of the chicken coop. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to secure them into place tightly.
Step 5: Finishing touches
Please take a look over PART 2 of the project, so you learn how to learn how to build the nesting box and the doors. I have lots of other chicken coop projects on the site, so take a look over them HERE.
This 4×8 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 two windows, for lots of light.
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