Are you in need of a shelter to protect your chickens from harsh weather conditions? Or perhaps you require a secure space for your hens to roost at night? Look no further! You can save both time and money by constructing a small chicken coop yourself, capable of housing 8 to 10 hens.
In this tutorial, we will guide you through each step, providing a clear and straightforward process to build an easy, practical, and durable chicken coop. Whether you are an experienced coop builder or a novice embarking on your first construction project, rest assured that the most challenging part has already been taken care of. We have designed this coop specifically with you in mind and have provided detailed plans and part breakdowns for your reference.
With a generous depth of approximately 1.30 meters, this chicken coop ensures ample space for your feathery friends, granting them the necessary room they require. It is thoughtfully divided into two sections: an inner area where your chickens can find protection during both day and night, and an outer section that allows them to bask in the sunlight and enjoy fresh air, all while remaining safeguarded by the surrounding mesh.
So, let's get started on this rewarding project and provide your chickens with a comfortable and secure home they deserve!
A note before starting -
Please understand - the below diagrams are genuinely and carefully designed to help you navigate the build process. However, we don’t include specific recommendations for which tools, hardware, or products to use. These truly are “DIY” designs.
As such – a significant portion of the build-process will be up to you, the builder. So please know, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to assemble any of our designs! If you need to depart from the instructions, or rearrange things along the way, feel free to.
The only thing we ask: please be safe! And of course, there’s no shame in asking an expert for help or seeking guidance from your local professionals at any time.
And please: enjoy the process!
Let's begin by constructing the main frame, which will provide support for the entire structure of the chicken coop. It's important to note that we will focus on the roofed section of the coop for now, and we will address the exterior part later.
The base of the chicken coop consists solely of 2x4 wood profiles. The main frame comprises the following components:
To achieve a height of 26.25 inches above the floor level, four 2x4 profiles of the aforementioned length will be utilized.
Please note that these measurements and arrangements are specific to this particular coop design.
Once you have successfully assembled the base or main frame of the chicken coop, it's time to work on the main structure of the roofed section. To accomplish this, you will need the following materials:
In reference to the provided diagram, the four profiles with a 45-degree cut should be positioned vertically at two of the ends of the base, as well as on two of the ends of the intermediate profile.
On top of these vertical profiles, place the 50.75-inch profile at the upper part, and on the right side, position the 47-inch profile.
At this point, the main structure is nearly ready to be covered, completing the roofed section of the chicken coop.
Once the main structure is assembled, the next step is to cover the front and back of the chicken coop. For this, you will need the following materials:
We recommend referring to the 3D model we have provided to ensure the precise measurements for each piece with two cuts at 45 degrees. Reviewing the model will help clarify any doubts and provide you with more confidence as you proceed with the construction process.
Once you have covered the back and front of the chicken coop with the wood profiles, the next step is to cover the left and right sides. For this, you will need:
These profiles will be placed in the empty spaces on the sides of the chicken coop, serving as protective barriers for the interior of the coop. Their purpose is to enclose the sides, ensuring the safety and security of the chickens inside.
To complete the roofed section of the chicken coop, we will cover the remaining empty spaces using the following elements:
With these additions, the roofed part of the chicken coop is now finished. We highly recommend applying a protective coating to the exterior wooden elements to prolong their durability. This recommendation also applies to doors made of wood, ensuring their longevity and functionality over time.
After completing the roofed part of the chicken coop, it's time to construct the necessary frames for the exterior section. To accomplish this, you will need the following materials:
As depicted in the diagram, the objective is to form three main frames using the 36-inch and 45.5-inch profiles. One of the frames needs to be positioned in the middle of the other two frames, and the separation between them will be determined by the 22-inch profile, which serves as a connecting piece for the three frames. It is important to securely fasten these connections both at the top and bottom of the frames for stability.
By assembling these frames, you will establish the structural framework for the exterior section of the chicken coop.
In this final step, we will proceed to install the chicken wire to cover the empty spaces and ensure the safety of the hens. The required materials for this task are as follows:
The purpose of this mesh is to securely enclose the coop and prevent the hens from escaping. By carefully placing and attaching the chicken wire, you will effectively create a secure and protected environment for your chickens.
Congratulations! With the completion of this step, you now have a fully functional chicken coop ready to house your feathered friends. Enjoy the benefits of your new coop and the comfort it provides for your hens.