Gambrel Small Chicken Coop Nest Boxes Plans

This step by step diy project is about 4×8 gambrel chicken coop nest boxes plans. This is PART 2 of the project, where I show you how to build the nesting boxes for the chickens. Remember that you should also checkout the rest of the project, for complete instructions on how to build the small chicken coop. 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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4×8 Barn Chicken Coop Nest Box Plans




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  • A – 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long SKIDS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 5 pieces – 17″ long FRAME
  • C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 20″x96″ long FLOOR
  • D – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 27 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 18″ long, 1 piece – 13″ long, 1 piece – 17″ long 5xFRAME
  • E – 2 pieces of T1-11 siding – 20″x27 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 16″x96″ long SIDING
  • F – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 22 1/2″x96″ long LID
  • G – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 22 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 96″ long TRIMS

  • 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 8′
  • 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
  • 3 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
  • 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
  • 1 piece of T1-11 siding – 4’x’8′
  • 20 sq ft of tar paper, 20 sq ft of asphalt shingles
  • 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
  • 4d nails, 6d nails, ties
  • wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint

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 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

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 One day

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How to build chicken nest boxes plans

Barn chicken coop plans

Barn chicken coop plans

This is PART 2 of the 4×8 barn chicken coop project, so make sure you read PART 1 so you can build the main structure, as shown in the diagram.



Continue the project by assembling the floor frame for the nest boxes. Cut the components at the right dimensions and from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square.

Nest box floor

Nest box floor

Fit the 3/4″ plywood floor to the frame. Align the edges flush and insert 1 5/8″ screws every 8″ along the joists, so you can lock them into place tightly.

Fitting the nest box floor

Fitting the nest box floor

Fit the floor of the nest boxes to the side of the 4×8 barn. Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the floor frame of the shed. Fit a 4×4 skid under the floor frame.



Continue the project by framing the frames for the nest boxes. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber, as shown in the diagram. Make the angle cuts using the information from the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the vertical supports. Align the edges flush.

Fitting the nest box frames

Fitting the nest box frames

Fit the frames to the floor of the of the nesting box and place them every 24″ on center. Secure the frames to the floor with 2 1/2″ screws, then secure them to the studs with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the frames are plumb.

Next box - Side siding

Next box – Side siding

Fit T1-11 siding to the nesting boxes, as shown in the diagram. Use 6-8d nails to secure the siding sheets into place tightly.

Nest box - siding

Nest box – siding

Fit the T1-11 siding to the front and to the back of the nesting boxes.

Building the lid

Building the lid

Use 3/4″ plywood for the lid of the chicken nesting boxes. Cover the sheet with tar paper and then install shingles. Fit the 1×4 trims to the lid and secure them into place with 1 1/2″ brad nails. Insert the nails every 8″ along the trims.

Fitting the nest box lid

Fitting the nest box lid

Fit the lid to the nesting box and then secure it to the side walls with hinges.

4x8 Barn chicken coop plans - Side view

4×8 Barn chicken coop plans – Side view

You need to take a look over PART 3 of the project so you learn how to build doors for this small chicken coop.

How to build a 4x8 chicken coop

How to build a 4×8 chicken coop

Make sure you check out PART 1 of the gambrel chicken coop so you see how to build the frame of the coop and PART 3 of the project so you learn how to build the doors and the trims.

Remember that I have tons of other chicken coop plans on MyOutdoorPlans, so take a look HERE.



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