Building A Chicken Coop? Checkout These FREE Plans!


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If you’re going to get chicks this spring, or need a new home for your flock, you’ll love this free chicken coop plan. When it comes to building your own chicken coop, it’s important to make sure it’s large enough for your brood. This coop is meant to house five chickens that also have access to a large run.

Necessary Tools

To use this free chicken coop plan, you will need the following tools and supplies.

Flooring

(8) 2×6 boards cut to 5-foot lengths

(1) 5’x5’ square 1/2” plywood

4-inch wood screws (for base, sides, and roof studs)


Sides

(28) 2×4 cut into 5-foot lengths

(4) 4×4 cut into 2-foot lengths

(4) 3/4-inch 4′ x 5’ plywood (exterior sides)

½-inch hardware cloth or other material for triangular opening and ventilation gap

Roof

(6) 4-foot 2×4 studs cut at 22 degree angle

White 5’ x 4′ corrugated tin

2-inch roofing screws with nuts and washers

Building the Base

"We first started out with 5-foot long boards of salvaged pallet wood. The boards were 1-inch thick, so there was no concern they weren’t strong enough to hold up the wood structure. Although our wood was salvaged, 2×6 boards would be perfect for the floor. Purchase them in 10-foot lengths to save a bit of money. If you use pallet wood, first make sure it’s safe for DIY projects by looking to see if it’s heat treated."


Framing the Walls

"We framed all four walls using 2 x 4 studs that were cut to 5 feet in length. We purchased 10-foot studs, then cut them ourselves to 5-foot lengths. To construct each wall, we screwed a 2×4 to the base which created a sturdy load-bearing base for the walls and roof."

Framing the Roof

Using a miter saw, we angled 2 x 4 studs to 22 degrees, then attached them to a center beam with 4-inch wood screws to frame the roof. We screwed the studs from underneath the beam and upwards, angling the screws so they firmly attached to the 2 x 4’s. We also attached the roof to the walls by angling the screws downward and into the frame. An 8-inch overhang on each side ensures rain can easily slide off the roof without getting into coop, and it stays dry in stormy weather.

Adding Exterior Walls

Completing the Roof

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