This step by step diy project is about 8×8 chicken run plans. I have designed this square chicken run that is both roomy and easy to build, so you can add it to the 4×8 coop project. This is a simple one day project that will be sturdy and durable. This enclosure will help your chicken enjoy the fresh grass while being safe from the predators. 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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Free Chicken Coop with Run Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 96″ long, 4 pieces – 45″ long FRONT WALL
- B – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 93, 4 pieces – 45″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- C – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 96″ long, 3 pieces – 45″ long BACK WALL
- C – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 93″ long TOP SUPPORTS
- D – 10 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 96″ long, 12 pieces – 45″ long, 4 pieces – 30 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 29″ long TRIMS
- E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 30″ long , 2 pieces – 42″ long, 4 pieces – 10″ long, 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 30″ long , 2 pieces – 42″ long, 4 pieces – 10″ long DOOR
- 19 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 21 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8′
- hinges for door
- latch for door
- 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
- chicken wire
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- PART 1: 4×8 Free Chicken Coop with Run Plans
- PART 2: 8×8 Chicken Run Plans
Free Chicken Run Plans – Video
How to build a 4×8 backyard chicken coop
The first step of the project is to build the side frames for chicken run. Cut the components from 2×2 lumber and then lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the top and bottom components and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.
Assemble the front wall frame for the chicken run in the same manner described above.
Repeat the process for the back wall frame.
The next step of the project is to assemble the chicken run. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the adjacent wall frames together tightly.
The next step of the project is to attach the supports to the top of the run. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them to the frame of the run.
Next, you need to attach the chicken wire to the exterior of the chicken coop. Staple the wire to the frame of the run and make sure you stretch everything properly.
Fit the 1×2 trims to the front of the chicken coop. Lay the trims over the frame of the run and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them into place.
Fit the trims to the sides of the run, using the same techniques described above.
Fit the 1×2 trims to the top of the chicken run.
Use 2×2 lumber for the door of the chicken run. Drill pilot holes through the top and bottom components and insert 3 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.
Use braces to the corners to stiffen up the frame. Cut both ends of the braces at 45 degrees and then lock them to the frame of the door with 2 1/2″ screws, after drilling pilot holes.
Fit chicken wire over the door frame and staple it into place. Attach the 1×2 trims over the frame of the door frame.
Fit the door to the front of the chicken run. Lock it to the frame of the run with hinges and install a latch so you can keep it locked.
Last but not least, take care of the fishing touches. Apply a few coats of paint over the wooden components to make the coop pop and to protect them from the elements.
This 8×8 chicken run is super easy to build and it is the right and necessarily addition to the 4×8 coop project. Please take a look over PART 1 of the project, where I show you how to build the coop that is attached to this run. In addition, I have tons of other chicken coop plans, so you should also check the rest of my designs.
This woodworking project was about 8×8 chicken run plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.