Large Chicken Coop Nesting Boxes Plans

This step by step woodworking project is about free large chicken coop roof plans. This is PART 4 of the 8×10 chicken coop project, where I show you how to build the nesting boxes. The nesting boxes are attached to the exterior of the coop and they have lots of partitions. Moreover, you need to take a look over the rest of my coop plans and projects HERE. See my other DIY projects HERE.

We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

 

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Large Chicken Coop Nesting Boxes Plans

Building the nesting boxes

Building the nesting boxes

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 6 pieces – 9″long FRAME
  • B – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 12″ long SUPPORTS
  • C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 12″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 12″x24″ long FLOOR
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12″ long, 2 pieces – 12 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 12″x19 1/2″ long 11xPARTITIONS
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long SUPPORTS
  • F – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 12″ long, 1 piece – 17 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 22 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 7 3/4″ long, 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 12″x22 3/4″ long 11xPARTITIONS
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 4 1/4″ long, 3 pieces – 113″ long, 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 113″ long PERCH
  • G – 1 piece of T1-11 siding – 15 3/4″x60″ long, 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 60″ long, 4 pieces – 8 3/4″ long 4xDOORS
  • H – 1 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 15 1/2″x96″ long, 1 piece – 15 1/2″x24″ ROOF
  • I – 2 pieces of T1-11 siding – 12″x46 1/2″ long SIDING

Tools

Time

  • One Day

 

 

Building nesting boxes for a large coop

Nest box floor frame

Nest box floor frame

The first step of the project is to build the base for the nesting boxes. Therefore, you need to use 2×4 lumber for the floor frame and 4×4 lumber for the legs. Drill pilot holes through the 120″ long components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush. Fit the legs to the frame and then insert 3 1/2″ screws through the frame into the legs, to lock everything together tightly.

Floor for nesting boxes

Floor for nesting boxes

Fit the frame to the back of the large chicken coop and align the edges flush. Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor frame of the coop. Attach a piece of 3/4″ plywood over the floor frame. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the sheet into place tightly.

Bottom partitions

Bottom partitions

Build the partitions for the bottom nesting boxes from 2×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the top and bottom supports. Align the edges and make sure the corners are square. Attach a piece of 1/2″ plywood to the frames and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock it into place tightly.

Fitting the nest box base partitions

Fitting the nest box base partitions

Fit the partitions to the floor of the nesting boxes. Use a spirit level to plumb the partitions and then drill pilot holes. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the partitions into place tightly. Attach the top 3/4″ plywood floor and secure it into place with 1 5/8″ screws.

Building the top partitions

Building the top partitions

Build the top partitions for the nesting boxes. Cut the frame components from 2×4 lumber. Drill pocket hole along the bottom edges of the vertical supports and at both ends of the top component. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly. Attach 1/2″ plywood to the frames and secure it into place with 1 5/8″ screws.

Fitting the top nest box partitions

Fitting the top nest box partitions

Fit the top partitions to the top of the nesting boxes. Plumb the partitions, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

Nest box - Sides

Nest box – Sides

Fit T1-11 siding to the sides of the nesting boxes. Use 6-8d nails to lock the sheets into place tightly.

Building the nest box doors

Building the nest box doors

Build the lids for the nesting boxes from T1-11 siding and 1×4 trims. Use 1 1/2″ nails and glue to secure the trims to the panels tightly.

Fitting the nest box doors

Fitting the nest box doors

Fit 2×4 supports to the nesting boxes (yellow components) and lock them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Fit the lids into place and secure them with hinges.

Nest box roof

Nest box roof

Fit a piece of 3/4″ plywood to the top of the nesting boxes. Use 1 5/8″ screws to lock the piece into place tightly.

Nesting boxes roofing

Nesting boxes roofing

Fit tar paper and asphalt shingles to protect the nesting boxes from the elements.

Fitting the perch

Fitting the perch

Build the perch from 2×2 lumber. Fit the supports and then attach the beams. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the components into place tightly.

Large chicken coop plans

Large chicken coop plans

I have designed this large chicken coop so you can raise up to 20 chickens. Remember to check out PART 1, PART 2 and PART 3 of the chicken coop project, so you learn how to build the frame, the roof and the doors for the coop. See all my COOP PLANS, as well, as I have lots of designs that come in many sizes.

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