This step by step diy project is about diy 4×8 chicken coop roof plans. After building the frame for the backyard chicken coop, you need to frame the roof and then build the doors. Make sure you also check out PART 3 of the project so you learn how to build the nesting boxes. 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.
Projects made from these plans
4×8 Chicken Coop Roof Plans
Cut & Shopping Lists
- E – 2 pieces of T1-11 – 48″x82″ long, 2 pieces – 31 1/4″x46 1/2″ long WALLS
- G – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 64″ long RAFTERS
- H – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x64″ long, 2 pieces – 14″x64″ long ROOF
- J – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 28″ long, 2 pieces – 39 1/2″ long DOOR
- J – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 50 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 35″ long DOOR JAMBS
- K– 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 36 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 41″ long DOOR
- I – 72 sq ft of tar paper and 72 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6′
- 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
- 3 pieces of T1-11 – 48″x96″
- 6 piece of 1×4 lumber – 96″
- 72 sq ft of tar paper and 72 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- 8d nails, 2 1/2″ screws, 1 1/4″ brad nails
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
Building a Chicken Coop Roof
After building the frame for the 4×8 chicken coop, you need to make the rafters for the roof. Cut both ends of the 2×4 rafters at 60 degrees using a nice miter saw.
Make the birds mouth for the rafters as shown in the diagram. Mark the cut lines and get the job done with a circular saw.
Make birds mouth cuts to other rafters, as shown in the diagram.
Fit the rafters to the top of the chicken coop. Place the rafters equally spaced, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the plates.
Attach the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the rafters. Make sure you center the sheets evenly, so the front and back overhangs are equal. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the rafters, every 8″. Leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.
Continue the project by fitting the front and back panels to the chicken coop. Align the edges with attention and secure the panels into place with nails. As you can see in the plans, you need to drill a starting hole and make the opening with a jigsaw.
Fit the gable end to the front and back of the chicken coop.
In order to enhance the look of the project, you need to fit the 1×4 trims to the sides of the roof. Use 1 1/4″ brad nails to secure the trims to the ends of the rafters.
Cut the trims for the front and back of the roof from 1×4 lumber. Cut both ends of the trims at 60 degrees, as shown in the image. Use 1 1/4″ brad nails to secure the trims to the roofing sheets.
Cover the roof with tar paper and staple it into place tightly. Continue the project by installing the shingles from the bottom to the top. Read the manufacturer’s instructions so you learn the proper installation techniques.
Fit the 1×4 door jambs around the opening. Use 1 1/4″ nails to secure the trims to the front wall.
Build the door for the chicken coop using the panel cut out from the front panel. Build the frame of the door from 1×4 lumber. Use 1 1/4″ screws to secure the trims to the panel, after making sure the edges are perfectly flush.
Fit the door to the opening and secure it to the jambs using hinges. Install a latch as well. Continue the project by building the door for the chicken coop run. Use 1×4 lumber for the frame of the door and staple chicken wire for a professional result.
I have lots of other chicken coop projects on the site so I recommend you to browse through all alternatives before starting the building project. Make sure you check out PART 1 of the project so you learn how to build the frame of the coop and PART 3 to learn how to make the nesting boxes.
This woodworking project was about 4×8 chicken coop roof 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.