This step by step diy project is about simple chicken coop plans. If you want to build a learn more about building a basic chicken coop for your backyard, pay attention to this project. Follow the instructions and pay attention to the diagrams. Build the garden chicken coop using our free plans even if you are a beginner when it comes to woodworking. Take a look over the rest of the project, to learn how to build the nesting box.
You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. In most of the cases, you need a friend to give you a hand when assembling the chicken coop. Invest in high quality lumber and plywood, as the components will be exposed to bad weather. Protect the components with appropriate paint or stain.
There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tools when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure.
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Simple chicken coop plans
- A – 3 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 45″ long, 2 pieces – 72″ long, 9 pieces – 6″ long, 3 pieces – 48″ long SUPPORTS
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x72″ long FLOOR
- C – 4 piece of 2×2 lumber – 72″ long, 6 pieces – 21″ long, 2 pieces – 45″ long WALL FRAMING
- D – 8 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 32 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 72″ long RAFTERS
- E – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x73 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x48″ long WALLS
- F – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 38″x81″ long, 1 piece – 38″x81 3/4″ long ROOFING
- G – 2 pieces of 3/4″plywood – 16″x12″ long, 1 piece – 16″x16 long DOORS
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
- Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws
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- Part 1: Simple chicken coop plans
- Part 2: Nesting boxes plans
How to build a simple 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 build the components out of 2×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the perimeter components and insert 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws.
Continue the project by fitting the rest of the components to the floor. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the horizontal supports. Add glue to the joints and align the edges with attention.
Build the flooring out of 3/4″ plywood. Fit the panel to the structure and align the edges with great care. Insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock the sheet to the frame and leave no gaps between the components.
Continue the project by assembling the side walls for the simple chicken coop. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the vertical studs. Make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws. Alternatively, you could drill pocket holes at both ends of the studs and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the plates.
Continue the project by fitting the rest of the plates. Drill pilot holes and secure them to the structure using 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the side walls are plumb and the corners right-angled.
The next step of the project is to fit the rafters to the structure. Cut one end of the 2×2 rafters at 45 degrees. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the rafters to the plates, at one end, and to the top ridge at the other end. Place the rafters equally-spaced to get a professional result.
Build the exterior walls out of 3/4″ plywood. Mark the cut lines to the sheets and get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Attach the exterior wall to the structure and lock them into place with 1 1/4″ finishing nails. Align the edges with attention, if you want to get a professional result. Fit chicken wire to opening, as you can easily see in the diagram.
Fit the shutters to the side window. Cut the components at the right size and secure them to the opening with appropriate hinges. In addition, install a latch to the shutters to close them in a professional manner.
Fit the door to the front face of the simple chicken coop. Use hinges to lock it into place and a latch to lock it into place. Use the piece of plywood that has been cut out in the previous steps.
Next, attach the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the rafters, as described in the diagram. Center the sheets to the roof structure and secure them into place using 1 1/4″ screws/nails.
Cover the roof with tar paper and asphalt shingles. Make sure the strips of tar paper overlap at least 2″, in order to protect the structure from bad weather. Start laying the 3 tab shingles from the bottom left section of the roof.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours. Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.
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