This step by step diy project is about how to build a small chicken coop. Building a small backyard chicken coop is a complex project, but the construction will be durable. We have designed this insulated chicken coop to require the least amount of work and skills. Therefore, you can tackle this project, even if you are an amateur builder.
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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Small chicken coop plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 30″ long, 3 pieces – 17″ long, 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 20″x30″ long BASE
- B – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 20″ long, 2 pieces – 17″ long 2xSIDE WALLS
- B – 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 27″ long, 4 pieces – 17″ long, 1 piece – 10″ long, 2 pieces – 8 1/2″ long FRONT WALL
- B – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 27″ long, 2 pieces – 17″ long, 1 piece – 24″ long BACK WALL
- C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 20″x25 3/4″‘ long, 2 pieces – 31 1/2″x43 1/2″ long EXTERIOR WALLS
- D – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 20″x30″ long CEILING
- F – 2 pieces of 1/4″ plywood – 20″x16 1/2″‘ long, 2 pieces – 20″x27″ long INTERIOR WALLS
- Part 1: How to build a small chicken coop
- Part 2: Building a chicken coop roof
- Part 3: Chicken coop run plans
How to build a small chicken coop
The first step of the project is to build the frame of the floor. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to cut the components at the right dimensions. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the intermediary joists. Align the edges and make sure the corners are square.
Fit 1 1/2″ insulation sheets to the frame of the floor. Use a saw to adjust the sheet to the dimensions highlighted in the diagram.
Attach 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame, as show in the diagram. Drill pilot holes though the plywood sheets and secure them into place with 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure the edges are flush before inserting the screws and leave no gaps between the components.
Build the side walls out of 2×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and add glue to the joints. Align the edges with attention for a professional result.
Continue the project by assembling the back wall of the chicken coop. Cut the components at the right dimensions and assemble them together with screws. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. In addition, drill pilot holes through the studs and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the middle horizontal support.
Build the front face of the chicken coop in the same manner described above. Make sure you align everything thoroughly before inserting the screws. Check if the corners are square before inserting the screws.
The next step of the project is to assemble the frame of the small chicken coop. Lay the wall frames to the floor and lock them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components. Lock the adjacent walls together with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the walls are plumb and the top plates are perfectly horizontal.
Build the exterior walls out of 3/4″ plywood. Use the diagram to make the cuts to the sheets. Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper.
Attach the plywood sheets to the exterior of the structure and lock them into place using brad nails. Align the edges before inserting the screws and leave no gaps between the components.
Cut the 1 1/2″ thick insulation sheets at the right dimensions using the information from the diagram.
Fit the insulation sheets to the walls, as shown in the free chicken coop plans. Make sure there are no gaps between the studs and the sheets, to prevent heat losses.
Build the interior walls out of 1/4″ plywood. Make the cuts with a circular saw and smooth the edges with fine grit sandpaper.
Fit the interior walls to the structure and lock the components to the studs by using finishing nails. Make sure there are no gaps between the components and work with attention.
Next, build the ceiling for the chicken coop out of 3/4″ plywood. You could also use 1/4″ plywood, but it wouldn’t be rigid enough to support any weight, if you want to build a storage compartment under the roof. After fitting the plywood sheet with screws and nails, we recommend you to attach a piece of insulation board.
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 roof for the chicken coop.
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