Large Chicken Coop Plans

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This step by step diy project is about free 8×10 large chicken coop plans. I have designed this large chicken coop shed so you can grow up to 20-30 chicken in a professional manner. This chicken coop features a neat design, with a large front door, two side windows and a large coop run. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.

The free woodworking plans come with step by step 3D diagrams, instructions, a full cut and shopping list and it is print friendly. As well, the plans are PDF download, so you can take the printed plans with you in the workshop.

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.

 

 

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Large Chicken Coop Plans

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Building-a-large-chicken-coop

 

Cut + Shopping Lists

  • A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 12″ long SKIDS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 120″ long, 6 pieces – 93″long FLOOR
  • C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x48″ long FLOORING
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 5 pieces – 84″ long, 1 piece – 22 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 120″ long, 2 pieces – 44″ long, 10 pieces – 84″ long, 6 pieces – 38 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 24″ long, 6 pieces – 10 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 78 1/2″ long, 8 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 27″ long, 2 pieces – 35″ long FRONT WALL
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 120″ long, 4 pieces – 84″ long, 2 pieces – 113″ long, 4 pieces – 37 1/2″ long FRONT WALL
  • G – 6 pieces of T1-11 – 48″x87″ long, 2 pieces – 40″x48″ long, 1 piece – 24″x40″ long, 1 piece – 7″x24″ long SIDING

  • 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 10′
  • 10 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
  • 1 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
  • 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
  • 39 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
  • 1/2″ plywood – 5 1/2″x75″
  • 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
  • 9 pieces of T1-11 – 48″x96″
  • 8d nails, 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
  • wood filler wood glue, stain/paint

Tools

 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

Time

 One day

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It’s that easy to build a large coop – Video!

 

 

Step 1: How to build a large chicken coop floor

Building-the-chicken-coop

Building-the-chicken-coop

The first step of the project is to build the floor frame. Cut the joists from 2×6 lumber as shown in the diagram. Next, lay the joists on a level surface and then drill pilot holes through the rim joists. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square. Insert the 3 1/2″ screws to lock the frame together tightly and place the joists every 16″ or 24″ on center.

In order to raise the floor frame from the ground, you should fit 4×4 posts to the corners. Use 3 1/2″ screws to secure the posts into place and adjust their size to suit your needs.

Fitting the floor sheets

Fitting the floor sheets

Also, fit the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame and align the edges flush. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws every 8″ along the joists. Leave no gaps between the sheets for a professional result.

 

Step 2: Building the wall frames

Side-wall-frame

Side-wall-frame

Continue the project by assembling the side walls for the chicken coop. Cut all the components from 2×4 lumber and then lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 24″ on center for a professional result. Furthermore, frame the chicken coop door by attaching a 2×4 support between the studs, as shown in the diagram.

Front-wall-frame

Front-wall-frame

The next step of the woodworking project is to build the front wall for the chicken coop. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Moreover, as you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to frame a door opening and two window openings. Use 2×6 lumber and 1/2″ plywood for the double headers. However, insert 2 1/2″ screws to sandwich the plywood between the 2×6 beams.

Toenail the headers into place tightly. Make sure all the corners are square and then align the edges flush. You can easily adjust the size of the windows and the door size to suit your needs.

Back-wall-frame

Back-wall-frame

Framing the back wall is a straight forward process, if you follow the instructions in the diagram. As you can easily notice in the plans, you have to leave an opening for the nesting boxes. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place double studs at both ends of the wall frame and fit 1/2″ plywood between the double studs for a professional result.

Assembling the chicken coop frame

Assembling the chicken coop frame

Lay the wall frames to the floor of the shed. Align the edges flush and use a spirit level to plumb the wall frames. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. Moreover, you need to lock the adjacent walls together tightly with 3 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square for a professional result.

 

Step 3: Attaching the wall siding sheets

Side siding - Panels

Side siding – Panels

Continue the large chicken coop project by fitting the T1-11 siding panels to the sides of the frame. Alternatively you can use plywood or OSB. Make an opening to the side wall that has the chicken door. Align the sheets with attention and then insert 6-8d nails every 8″ along the framing.

Front wall - Siding

Front wall – Siding

Fit the T1-11 siding sheets to the front of the chicken coop. Make cuts around the window opening and around the door opening, following the instructions in the diagram. Align the edges flush and insert 6-8d nails to secure them into place tightly.

 

Step 4: Finishing touches

Large chicken coop shed plans

Large chicken coop shed plans

You need to take a look over PART 2 of the project, so you learn how to frhttp://myoutdoorplans.com/animals/8×10-chicken-coop-roof-plans/ame the gable roof for the 8×10 chicken coop and how to make the doors.

Large chicken coop plans - Back view

Large chicken coop plans – Back view

In PART 3 of the project I show you how to build the nesting boxes for the coop.

Large chicken coop plans - Front view

Large chicken coop plans – Front view

Last but not least, in PART 4 of the large chicken coop project I show you how to build the 8×10 run. This is a straight forward project that will help you raise up to 20-30 chickens. The only thing that stands between your wish to have fresh eggs every day and reality is you building the coop!

 

 

This woodworking project was about 8×10 chicken coop plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.

 

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28 Comments »

  1. Richard McBride at - Reply

    It says on your homepage that the plans are printable via a widget on the page. I am using a PC but get no widget.

    Suggestions?

    Wanting to print the Large Chicken Coop plans

    • Julian at - Reply

      Read the FAQs for instructions: http://myoutdoorplans.com/faq/

    • Richard McBride at - Reply

      I DID read the faq but did you read my comment? The faq says there is a green widget on the page but only on a pc. I am using a pc but get no green widget

    • Julian at - Reply

      I have, but I am using a PC, as well, and the widget is there. On the left of the screen (the tower of icons; the top is the print button, then facebook, google plus, pinterest, twitter, email etc.)

  2. Christopher Sneed at - Reply

    I need help on the large chicken coop: Back wall – 1/2 in. plywood between the vertical studs – check. What about between the two 113 in. horizontal boards? Plywood between them?

  3. Chris at - Reply

    I need help on the large chicken coop: Back wall – 1/2 in. plywood between the vertical studs – check. What about between the two 113 in. horizontal boards? Plywood between them?

  4. Chris at - Reply

    Sorry for the repost. Slow internet. I want to make sure I’m not off 1/2 inch for the nesting boxes. I have a question there too. Will post in a second. So to be clear, those two 113″ boards are right next to each other?

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      Yes, the 113″ boards are next to each other. No gap between them.

  5. Mark at - Reply

    Where do you put the roosts? Any interior pictures?

  6. ryan mealin at - Reply

    Is the material list for the roof also ?

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      No, each part of the plans comes with a materials list.

  7. francesca at - Reply

    is there a PDF or printable version?

  8. Heather at - Reply

    How many birds does this coop hold? I have chickens now and ducks soon.

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      25 at most. If you are conservative I would say 20.

  9. Tim Coleman at - Reply

    Nice Plan, my only suggestion is the that you actually add a material list, what you have is a cut list which is fairly good, but an actual material list would really help the purchaser of material. I look forward to giving this a try, and post my experience. thanks

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      Well… it already has a material list. The first list (A, B, C… ) is the cut list. The second list is the Shopping list.

  10. Kaden at - Reply

    How do you create a plan

  11. Mike at - Reply

    Quite frustrating. The directions on how to print plans found in the FAQ are useless. There is no ‘floating widgit’ containing the ‘print’ button and the pages are all protected so they can’t be printed. Plans for 8×10 large chicken coop with run not in premium plans either. Love the plans but need to be able to print them.

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      The widget works.

  12. stefanie bowles at - Reply

    Hi, I am trying to figure out how to buy these plans so I can print them out. When I go to the options that you have for sale this 8×10 coop is not available only smaller coops. Is there another way to access this? I saw this question above but the link provided takes me to plans for a chair.
    Thank you!

  13. Charles Cunningham at - Reply

    Is there anyway I could get these plans in PDF? My son is looking for plans to build a coop for my wife and this would be perfect.

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      Yes, read the FAQs










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