This step by step diy project is about easy chicken coop plans. Building a small backyard chicken coop is a complex project, but the construction will be durable. There are many plans that you can choose from when building the backyard chicken coop, so you should really pay attention to the related projects on this site before starting the actual construction of the shelter. Premium Plans available in the Shop.
It is essential to use weather-resistant lumber when building the chicken coop, so make sure you select the components with attention. Moreover, take accurate measurements before making the cuts, otherwise the components might not fit together. Adjust the size of the chicken coop according to your needs, but make sure you follow the instructions described in this article.
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Easy Chicken Coop Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 72″ long, 3 pieces – 45″ long, 9 pieces – 6″ long, 3 pieces – 48″ long BASE
- B – 1 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x72″ long FLOORING
- C – 6 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 21” long, 4 pieces – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 45″ long STUDS
- D – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x73 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x48″ long WALLS
- E – 1 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 72″ long, 8 pieces – 32 1/2″ long RAFTERS
- F – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 81 1/2″x38″ long ROOF
- Part 1: Easy Chicken Coop Plans
- Part 2: How to Build a Chicken Coop Nest
Building an easy chicken coop
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the base of the chicken coop. Therefore, we recommend you to build the floor out of 3/4′ plywood and the frame out of 2×2 lumber. Cut the 2×2 components at the right size and lock them together with 2 1/2″ pocket screws.
Center the frame to the plywood sheet and drill pilot holes. Next, insert 1 1/4″ screws into the frame and add glue to create a rigid structure.
Continue the woodworking project by attaching the 2×2 legs to the base of the chicken coop. Cut the components out of 2×2 lumber after taking accurate measurements.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the horizontal supports. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components. Work with attention and add glue to the joints.
Continue the project by attaching the side walls to the chicken coop. As you can easily notice in the plans, we recommend you to assemble the walls out of 2×2 lumber on a level surface.
Drill pilot holes through the top and bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square ad drill pilot holes through the bottom plates before inserting 2 1/2″ screws into the floor.
Continue the assembly by attaching the horizontal supports to the structure. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 2×2 components and fit them between the sides of the chicken coop.
It is essential to mark the cut lines to the 3/4″ plywood sheets before making the cuts with a circular saw. Make sure you create the door and window openings properly, before attaching them to the frame. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper thoroughly.
Attach the plywood walls to the wooden structure and secure them into place by using 1 1/4″ galvanized screws. In addition, use metal hinges to lock the door and the window shutters into place. Align everything with attention and secure the walls to the frame tightly.
Build the top ridge out of 2×2 lumber and secure it to the top of the roof using galvanized screws. Place a spirit level on top of the slat to to make sure it is perfectly horizontal.
Top Tip: In addition, build the rafters out of 2×2 lumber, making sure you cut one end at 45 degrees. Fit the rafters into place and secure them to the structure with 2 1/2′ screws, after drilling pilot holes.
Afterwards, attach the 3/4″ plywood roof to the chicken coop. Cut the components out of 3/4″ plywood and secure them to the rafters with 1 1/4″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components and make sure the front and the back overhangs are equal.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the roofing to the plywood sheets. Therefore, we recommend you to cover the roof with tar paper. Staple the tart paper to the plywood roof and afterwards attach the asphalt shingles. Take accurate measurements and secure the shingles to the roof using appropriate nails.
After building the frame of the chicken coop we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, check if all the components are locked together tightly and aligned properly.
Top Tip: Don’t forget to take a look over the rest of the project, if you want to learn how to build the nesting box for the chickens. In addition, in the next parts of the project we show you how to fit the trims.
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