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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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
- 100 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- 100 pieces of 1 1/4″ screws
- 2″ brad nails
- chicken wire
- wood glue, stain/paint
- wood filler
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
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
Build the base for the frames out of 2×4 lumber.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make sure you align the braces properly. Check if the A-frames are plumb before attaching the braces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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!
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.
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!
Looks good. I think I ll try it
Good luck with the project!
In your experience, how water tight is this coop? I’m thinking about using these plans to build a coop for 4 chickens in which case I think I would need to build the house across the entire upper level.
Did you install a nesting box or a roost inside?
Sorry for the random questions but I’m trying to build a budget coop and my chicken raising knowledge before the end of the month when my local store gets their chicks in.
This design isn’t waterproof and doesn’t have a nesting box. I recommend you this design: http://myoutdoorplans.com/animals/free-chicken-coop-plans/
Thank you for taking the time to post this particular plan. It gives me the basics to work from in adapting my own ideas, needs, and sizing, into this A frame coop.
Anyone that can use a saw and an electric drill (with a buddy to help) could put this together in a weekend.
Good luck with the project.
If you were to put a nesting box on the upper floor of the coop, how would you suggest incorporating it?
I wouldn’t. I would build a larger coop; something like this: http://myoutdoorplans.com/animals/4×8-chicken-coop-plans/
This is my next project. Starting tomorrow. Will be for meat birds, 25 at a time. I will be expanding to 12’ long and 8’ wide by 7’ high and adding a door to the outside frame. I will also be covering the entire top with plywood, using 1/4 for weight and painting for weather. Since we live in PNW, we see a lot of rain and then some very sunny hot days so a covered area is perfect and the nesting area is perfect since they only get to 8 weeks no need for laying boxes. Back side will have hinges and split so access to nesting area for cleanout is easier.
I previously built the Large coop using the plans on this site and it was a good learning project for my first time.
What I learned? Pay attention to the finishing details, use all the nails and screws needed to fully attach things. Get a miter saw that can do cuts bigger than 45 degrees, maybe a laser-guide. Use wood glue. Add extras for longevity (we wrapped the entire structure with tar paper and added linoleum flooring. Added a feeder and watering system as well as power.
Great tips! Looking forward to seeing your future projects!
Confused as to what the ‘1×3 25”’ and ‘1×3 56 1/4”’ means. I am not used to this setting out of imperial measurements.
Thanks for these instructions.
It means that you need to use 1×3 lumber and cut it at 25″ and 56 1/4″
Thank you so much!
This seems like a solid and basic plan for a chicken tractor. I’m going to adapt it to ducks, but I think this will be a great option to keep the neighbor’s and my own cats from thinking the ducks are for them. Thanks for posting!
You’re welcome. Let me know how the duck coop comes out.
How many chickens would this design (as written) accommodate?
Do I need nesting boxes?