This step by step diy project is about duck coop plans. I have designed this 4’x4′ duck house with nesting boxes, so you can build one for your ducks. This basic lean to shelter features a large front door and separate nesting boxes with a lid for easy access to the eggs. Make sure you also cek out PART 2 of the project to learn how to make the boxes for the nests. 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.
Duck Coop Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 5 pieces – 45″ long FLOOR FRAME
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x48″ long FLOOR
- C – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 45″ long, 4 pieces – 33″ long 2xSIDE WALLS
- D – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 48″ long, 3 pieces – 33″ long, 4 pieces – 21 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 11 1/2″ long BACK WALL
- E – 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 48″ long, 2 pieces – 13 1/4″ long, 4 pieces – 45 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 21 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 14″ long FRONT WALL
- F – 2 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x36″ long, 1 piece – 48″x48 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 48″x14 1/2″ long WALLS
- G – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 60″ long, 2 pieces – 8 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 4 1/4″ long RAFTERS
- H – 2 pieces – 48″x14″ long VENTS
- I – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 35 3/4″x60″ long, 1 piece – 20 1/4″x60″ long ROOF
- J – 25 sq ft of tar paper, 25 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- K – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 31 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 28 3/4″ long JAMBS
- L – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 24 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 21 3/4″ long, 1 piece of T1-11 siding – 21 3/4″x31 long DOOR
- 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8
- 18 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of T1-11 siding – 4’x8′
- 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 hinges, 1 latch , 1/4 hardware cloth
- 2 1/2″ screws, 1 1/4″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 25 sq ft of tar paper, 25 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- PART 1: Duck house plans
- PART 2: Duck house nesting boxes plans
Building a duck coop
The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the duck house. Cut the joists from 2×4 lumber and smooth the edges with sandpaper. Drill pilot holes through the 48″ long components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the short joists. Align the edges with attention before inserting the screws, for a neat result.
Use 3/4″ plywood for the floor of the duck house. Align the edges, drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws every 8″ to lock the panel into place. Make sure you staple some vinyl flooring to clean the house easily.
Continue the project by assembling the front wall for the duck house. Cut all the components from 2×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. In addition, make sure the corners are square and leave enough room for the door opening.
Build the back wall for the duck house using 2×2 lumber, as well. As you can see in the diagram, you need to leave enough roof for the nesting boxes. Use 2 1/2″ screws for the joists between the components. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square for a neat result.
Frame the back wall for the duck house using the same techniques described above, making sure you cut the components at the right dimensions.
Fit the wall frames to the floor of the duck house. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the joists. Plumb the walls with a spirit level to make sure the frames are plumb. In addition, lock the adjacent walls together, by drilling pilot holes and inserting 2 1/2″ screws.
Use T1-11 siding or 1/2″ plywood for the exterior walls. Align the edges with attention and secure the sheets to the framing with 8d nails. Insert the nails every 8″ along the wall framing.
Fit the T1-11 siding panel to the back of the duck house with 8d nails. Align the edges with attention before inserting the nails.
Build the rafters from 2×2 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the slats for the birds mouths and get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Fit the 2×2 rafters to the top of the duck house. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws.
Fit 2×2 supports to the sides of the duck house, as shown in the free plans. Cut the top of the supports at 75 degrees and secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws, after drilling pilot holes.
The next step of the project is to attach 1/4″ hardware cloth to the lean to sides of the duck house, using a stapler. These areas will help ventilate the interior of the duck house, especially when the door is closed.
Continue the outdoor project by fitting the T1-11 siding panels to the sides of the duck house. Use 8d nails to secure the panels to the framing.
Continue the project by fitting the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the rafters. Align the sheets with attention and lock them to the rafters with 1 5/8″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components.
Cover the roof of the duck coop with roofing felt, making sure the strips overlap at least 2″. Secure the tar paper to the plywood sheets with roofing staples. Fit the side drip edges over the roofing felt, while the bottom drip edges should be fit under. Next, install the asphalt shingles, starting with the bottom left side of the roof and go up to the top. Make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions for more ideas on how to install the shingles properly.
Continue the project by attaching the 1×4 trims around the door opening. Align the edges with attention and secure them into place with 1 1/2″ brad nails. Leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.
Build the door for the duck house from T1-11 siding and 1×4 trims. Align the trims to the panel and secure them into place with glue and 1 1/4″ nails. Make sure you leave no gaps between the components and check if the corners are right angled.
Fit the door into place and lock it to the door jambs with hinges. In addition, install a door latch so you can keep the duck house safe from predators.
I strongly recommend you to take a look over PART 2 of the project, so you can learn how to build the nesting boxes for the project.
This duck house is a straight forward project and anyone should be able to get the job done in a few days without much effort. If you are new to this site, I also recommend you to take a look over the rest of my plans, as I am sure you can find there something to suit your needs.
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