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DIY Chicken Coop Plans

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Here it is! The post and plans you all have been waiting for…DIY Chicken Coop Plans…okay, maybe I have just been waiting to share them! Lol! This set of plans has me so excited because it’s a big build but so rewarding! You may not realize that you need chickens in your life, but you do I swear!😉

This chicken coop is the perfect coop for anyone just starting out with chickens or if you’ve raised chickens for years. It is great for a couple of chickens or 20! It has so many great features you are going to want this chicken coop built in your backyard or on your farm today!

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I have a funny story for you all! Remember when I posted the plans for my small chicken coop? Well, in that post I tell the story of getting a rooster and how I had to quickly make a coop for him because he couldn’t be in with my hens… he was big and they were small! All that work and HE started laying eggs! 😂

That’s not even the best part, we don’t know if we mixed him up and he’s been living in the big coop with the ladies, or HE is actually a HEN!! 😅 But either way, I promised chicken coop plans for a large chicken coop…and here they are! I am beyond excited with how it turned out and how well it works for our chickens…and possibly rooster!😆

DIY Chicken Coop Plans

Don’t mind that the chicken coop is already dirty and large weeds are growing everywhere, it has been raining here, Hurricane Hanna hit south of us a little while back, so the rain was constant for what seemed like weeks, and then more rain came! Plus the chickens have been living in the coop for well over two months now!😲 And the hideous fence is coming out soon, but these things take time… so for a small while, I have to look at a couple of fence eyesores! Lol! Our whole yard, our house, the goat shed… everything is under construction!😆 If only I could clone myself for free labor! Lol!

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Plans for chicken coop include the run on the chicken coop which is shown close up

Y’all never in a million years could you have told me that I was going to have chickens and hug them and love them, would I ever believe you! 😂 But I do!! They are hilarious and we LOVE them as a part of our family! I laugh when I think of this because they are chickens…CHICKENS, I never liked chickens, but now I’m in love, not just with them, but with their coop as well!😁

Me kissing my chicken inside the chicken coop run!
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Anyway, I could sit here and share 8000 pics of my ladies but I will stick to the plans…chicken coop plans that is! Lol!

Cedar Dutch Door for Chicken Coop open on top

I am not going to lie, it was a trial and error, and oops, and dang it, all the time on this build! It was some of the dumbest things that I forgot to take into consideration! For instance, I was making the chicken coop plans for 8’x8′ to utilize the supplies, well in my haste to get started and get this baby built…because the chickens were living in MY HOUSE 😲😅 I built all four walls at 8 foot long! *Forehead in palm!!!! Why?! Oy!

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But despite the setbacks and mistakes, I got it built and with minimal extra materials! So the chicken coop plans will be exactly like as I built mine and if I get around to it, I’ll try to draw them up at the 8’x8′ if I have time later on! The dimensions are 8′ x 8′ 7″ for the main coop and the run is an additional 6’x16′ for a grand total of 8′ 7″ x 24′.

All in all, for materials I believe I spent around $1200-1300. Now it can be more or less depending on the cost of materials in your area. And I don’t even want to add in the gas, food, and Starbucks every other day when I made a material run because I forgot something! Lol!

There are ways to minimalize cost though, for instance, the roof rafters were cut at roughly 63″, I can easily get 8-foot boards into my van, but not 12 footers, if you can get 12-foot boards you will save 10 bucks just on the rafters. It seems small but then you look at all the trim boards as well, the vertical frame boards, and before you know it, boom it is a hundred dollar savings or more and I will take that ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!!🎉

The materials list consists of 12-foot replacements where available but shows the number of 8-foot boards if you are like me and cannot easily carry 12-foot boards, or they don’t deliver to your area!

Alright, are you ready to become a crazy chicken lady and build your very own chicken coop and love your chickens like family?😂 Here are the chicken coop plans!

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I separated the plans up a bit because it is a lot for one file. The plans and tutorials for the other parts of the coop are below, but if you sign up for the email once you will receive all the files so you don’t have to enter your email 5 times! Lol!

Chicken Coop Run

Shutters

Nesting Box

Chicken Coop Dutch Door

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Materials for DIY Chicken Coop Plans

This material list only has the materials for the main coop, the run materials will be at the link above along with the plans for that, shutters the same, etc.

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CUT LIST for the Chicken Coop:

Run Wall:

  • 2 – 2×4 @ 96″ (top and bottom rails)
  • 6 – 2×4 @ 69″ (studs)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 55″ (header)
  • 4 – 2×4 @ 6 1/2″ (supports to attach run to)

Nesting Box Wall:

  • 2 – 2×4 @ 96″ (top and bottom rails)
  • 4 – 2×4 @ 69″ (studs)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 65″ (horizontal nesting box opening)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 32″ (top studs)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 20″ (bottom studs)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 14″ (sides of box opening)

Door Wall:

  • 2 – 2×4 @ 96″ (top and bottom rails)
  • 4 – 2×4 @ 69″ (studs)
  • 1 – 2×4 @ 28″ (header)
  • 8 – 2×4 @ 13 1/4″ (supports to attach plywood)

Window Wall:

  • 2 – 2×4 @ 96″ (top and bottom rails)
  • 6 – 2×4 @ 69″ (studs)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 45″ (vertical window boards)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 38 1/2″ (horizontal window boards)
  • 1 – 2×4 @ 10 1/2″ ( bottom stud)

Rafters:

  • 10 – 2×4 @ 63 1/8″ – mitered @ 25 degrees off square both ends, parallel
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 104″ – mitered @ 65 degrees off square both ends, not parallel
  • 24 – 2×4 @ 22 1/2″

Plywood for walls:

  • 5 -1/2″ sheets of plywood cut down to 71 1/2″ cutouts will be shown below, 4 sheets will stay 8′.

TRIM BOARDS: (You will want to measure your actual spaces to cut trim boards, they may differ from mine slightly!)

Run Wall:

  • 2 – 1×4 @ 16 43/64″ (bottom horizontal trim)
  • 2 – 1×3 @ 3 1/2″ (bottom horizontal trim)
  • 2 – 1×4 @ 67 5/16″ (opening trim)
  • 1 – 1×4 @ 62 3/64″ (opening trim)
  • 1 – 1×3 (ripped down from a 1×4) @  (top horizontal trim)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 63 1/8″ both ends mitered at 25 degrees off square, ends parallel (roof peak trim)
  • 2 – 1×4 @ 63 1/8″ both ends mitered at 25 degrees off square, ends parallel (roof peak trim)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 68 1/2″ (battens)

Nesting Box Wall:

  • 2 – 1×4 @ 97″(top and bottom horizontal trim)
  • 2 – 1×4 @ 65 13/32″(vertical side trim)
  • 1 – 1×4 @ 68″(vertical board above nesting box)
  • 5 – 1×2 @ 25 35/64″ (battens on top of nesting box)
  • 5 – 1×2 @ 17 7/8″ (battens below nesting box)

Door Wall:

  • 2 – 1×4 @ 35 11/64″ (bottom horizontal trim)
  • 2 – 1×3 (ripped a 1×4 furring strip down) @ 31 23/32″ (top straight horizontal trim)
  • 2 – 1×4 @ 69 11/16″ one end mitered at 25 degrees off square, longest end (side vertical trim)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 63 1/8″ both ends mitered at 25 degrees off square, ends parallel (roof peak trim)
  • 2 – 1×4 @ 63 1/8″ both ends mitered at 25 degrees off square, ends parallel (roof peak trim)
  • 2 – 1×4 @ 69″ (door frame)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 36″ (door frame)
  • 1 – 1×6 @ 35″ (door frame)
  • 1 – 1×3 @ 37″ (door frame)
  • 4 – 1×2 @ 67 5/16″ (bottom battens)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 4 45/64″ one end mitered at 25 degrees off square, longest side (top battens)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 11 63/64″ one end mitered at 25 degrees off square, longest side (top battens)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 16 9/32″ one end mitered at 25 degrees off square, longest side (top battens)

Window Wall:

  • 2 – 1×4 @ 97″ (top and bottom horizontal trim)FYI – I did not purchase expensive 1x4x10s for these boards, I cut roughly 5 inches off of my 8ft 1×4 furring strip and cut a 6″ piece off of scrap board.
  • 2 – 1×4 @ 65 13/32″ (side vertical trim)
  • 2 – 1×4 @ 45″ (window trim)
  • 1 – 1×4 @ 42 3/4″ (window trim)
  • 3 – 1×2 @ 43 3/4″ (window trim)
  • 1 – 1×6 @ 42 3/4″ (window trim)
  • 1 – 1×3 @ 44 3/4″ (window trim)
  • 3 – 1×2 @ 2 5/32″ (battens above window)
  • 3 – 1×2 @ 5 5/8″ (battens below window)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 65 13/32″ (battens)

Building the DIY Chicken Coop

Just a little note for you all before we start building…I am NOT a professional construction worker, home builder, architect, or any other PROFESSIONAL of any sort! I am a mom who figures out ways to build what I want, consulting professionals at times, and making it up as I go along other times! 😁

It all works out in the end even though it may not be considered the RIGHT way to do it! Lol! I’ve realized since starting this blog that pretty much EVERYONE has an opinion and they all differ on the CORRECT way to do something! But I am simply sharing the way I did this project and it may not be the BEST way, but it worked! Take that for what you will! 😅

Alright, if you are brave enough to continue on this project with me, let’s get started!😏

Framing Out the DIY Chicken Coop

As with any structure we have to frame out the walls very first! All the walls are basically the same idea, a top and bottom plate, then 5 vertical studs arranged to support whatever openings you want! Some walls have a few extra boards to brace the openings for windows, nesting boxes, etc.

Framing the walls will take the 3 1/8″ screws listed in the materials. All boards will be screwed directly through the 2×4 plates and into the studs unless otherwise stated to drill pocket holes!

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It is certainly helpful to have a second or third set of hands, even if they are kids! My boys helped a TON on this project, but walls can also be built by one person, as I built a couple on my own as well so don’t fret if you don’t have help, you can still build this chicken coop!

Building the Run Wall for the Chicken Coop

This wall is a pretty simple build! I intentionally left this wall wide open to the run because it faces south for us, and that is where our breeze comes from all summer long! Heck in Texas it’s about 9 months out of our year and the ONLY way to survive is to have shade and breeze!

Basically, build an 8 foot by 6-foot rectangle and add studs where needed! It is easiest to add the studs at 19″ from the outside edge, then place the header boards in between. Screw the header boards to the side supports and put a couple of screws from the top 2×4 down into the header.

Adding the second support boards, closest to the edges after, allows the drill room to get in between to screw the header in…hope that makes sense. The second support boards will be placed 11″ from the outside edge.

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This creates your run wall, one down, three to go!

Building the Nesting Box Wall of the Chicken Coop

The same concept as the run wall, build an 8 foot by 6-foot rectangle. Add studs 14″ from the outside edge.

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Build a box that is going to frame out the nesting box. Use 2- 2x4s @ 65″ to make the vertical boards of the box and 2 – 2x4s @ 14″ for the vertical. This photo also has the bottom studs added! They are 20″, 22″, and then 20″ apart. Or you can make them 21″ apart…not sure exactly how I ended up with the above! Lol!

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Add the top studs. They are 32″ long and spaced the same as the bottom boards.

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Nesting box wall…✔

Building the Door Wall of the Chicken Coop

Again, start off with an 8 foot by 6 foot rectangle. Add two studs 17 3/4″ from the outside edge. The second set of studs will be 32 1/2″ from the outside edge. A small header of a 2×4 @ 28″ in between the closest two studs, at the top, will be for the doorway! I added scrap 2x4s for hinges but ended up not using them! Lol!

Framing out the chicken coop walls

What you will need though that I didn’t realize until later, is 8 – 2x4s @ 13 1/4″ pocket holed, to allow a brace to attach the plywood to. Here’s the Sketchup photo to show you! (Ignore the 2×4 header that is turned the wrong way below, it should be flipped up to where you see the 1 1/2″ edge as in the photo above! Sorry for the confusion!)

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Door wall DONE! Can you believe it…3 walls down…only 1 to go! Yeah!

Building the Window Wall of the Chicken Coop

The last wall to go, and then you can put them all together and start seeing the chicken coop come together!

Last time you have to build an 8 foot by 6 foot rectangle! Lol! And for this wall, you will want to put 2 studs at 13 1/2″ from the outside edges, and then 2 studs at 25 3/4″ from the outside edges.

Build a rectangle for the window. Use 2 – 2x4s at 45″ to make the vertical window boards and 2 – 2x4s at 38 1/2″ to make the top and bottom of the window. Luckily you can screw these boards into place through the window!

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ALL FOUR CHICKEN COOP WALLS ARE BUILT!! WOOHOO!!

If you have any questions as to the dimensions or locations of boards, make sure and download the printable plans for chicken coop above to see detailed photos with dimensions!

Setting the Frame of the Chicken Coop

At this point, before setting the walls, I sealed the bottom of all the 2x4s that would be touching the ground and attached hardware cloth with screws to the bottoms so that no animals could dig under the coop!

Here’s how she looked!😍

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Now, we are doing the deep litter method, so there is no floor in the coop, the dirt makes the floor and you just add pine shavings weekly…it is AMAZING because there is no chicken poop smell at all! I did a lot of research before choosing this method and I am so glad I did! Plus, once a year, I have compost ready to be placed in the garden!

Literally, no cleaning the coop…we add pine shavings, and dust out the nesting boxes, THAT IS IT, and the ladies keep turning their poop into the dirt so you NEVER smell anything…besides dirt! Lol! Yes, there is a dust layer all over because of how they work the dirt, but that’s why we have great ventilation with the eaves, window, and open run wall! I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER that we went with this method!!

Anyway, back to setting the walls, I screwed the door wall to the window wall on the left, and the nesting box wall on the right. That leaves the run wall attached to the window wall and the nesting box wall on the backside!

***Make sure the walls are level on the ground…and each other before screwing them into place!***

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Maybe this will help you see the final outcome!

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Once everything is level and screwed together, you can add the plywood to the walls.

Adding Plywood to the DIY Chicken Coop

You will want to measure all walls and openings prior to making any cuts in your plywood! The measurements given here are based on exact measurements, any small changes in measurements affect the measurements given below!

I attached plywood to the two sides that will remain 6ft. and then had to attach the roof rafters before adding plywood to the other two sides…measurements are based on doing it in this order.

Nesting Box Wall Plywood for Chicken Coop

Using 2 sheets of plywood that are cut down to 71 1/2″, make the nesting box cut out as shown below. (I altered the 72″ to 71 1/2″ to leave a gap between the edge of the plywood and the soil to keep it from resting on the dirt, which will make it rot faster!)

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Then using the same measurements cut another one opposite of the one above, or the same, and flip it over! Lol!

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Window Wall Plywood for Chicken Coop

Using 2 of the 1/2″ plywood sheets that are cut down to 71 1/2″, make the cutouts as shown below to accommodate the window opening! Again, you will cut two that are ultimately the same, just flipped opposite directions!

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Before adding the other plywood on the run and door wall, you will have to build the rafters!

Building the Rafters for the DIY Chicken Coop

Time to add the rafters and REALLY make it look like a house of some sort!

You will make a total of five sets of rafters, 2 will have an extra board across the bottom of the rafter as seen below. I left the other 3 without this board so that the ceiling is open inside the coop and my hubby won’t hit his head! Lol! You can easily add a small brace towards the top if you’d like, but I found after the boards are added in between the rafters and all, there really wasn’t a need, they were pretty darn sturdy! We hung all over them and climbed on them and nothing was shifting whatsoever!

To build the three middle rafters, you will cut 2 boards at 63 1/8″ with both ends mitered at 25 degrees off square, ends parallel. Use pocket holes to attach the two boards together, drill pocket holes on one end of only one of the boards, holes will be drilled at 1 1/2″ deep and 2 1/2″ screws will be needed along with wood glue!

You can hardly see them, but the pocket holes are at the top on the left board!

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The bottom brace that will be on the end of two rafters will be screwed in on the ends. This board will be cut at 104″ long with both ends mitered at 65 degrees off square, ends not parallel. It should be 6″ up from the end of the board it’s being attached to.

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Now, I realize that typically, they notch the rafters to lay flat on the 2×4 of the wall, I tried and failed on two different 2x4s and gave up, found an option that was far easier for me, and rolled with it! Lol! I just attached the roof brackets directly to the 2x4s on both sides and it was sturdy enough…I mean crap, it has already survived a pretty good storm when hurricane Hanna came through! 😅

But before I get ahead of myself, let me show how I did a couple of things first! So to make cutting the plywood to fit over the rafters easier, I traced the rafter onto my plywood and cut it, before placing the rafters on the coop that way it wouldn’t be guessing at where to cut!

Make sure and measure up 71 1/2″ from the bottom and then lat your rafter there completely centered at the top. It will not reach the top completely! It’s okay, it will be covered by trim boards and no one will ever know! Lol!

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The photo above is for the door wall. I added another sheet of plywood that was going on the side and traced the rafter onto it as well. And because I made a mistake on one of my pieces of plywood, I had to piece together the door wall of the coop, you will have three solid pieces though!

This sounds a little confusing as I am trying to explain it, but it really isn’t…let me show you the photo of how the door wall plywood went on.

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See how the pieces are pieced together. Your left side should look just like your right though, instead of two pieces patched together yours should be one! You will want to cut the door out before hanging the plywood as well!

Run wall plywood will look like this.

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That is one 8ft sheet running longways. I cut it and attached it to the rafters before I put the rafter up to make it easier!

BACK TO THE RAFTER CONSTRUCTION!

So to make putting the rafters up easier, I attached the end rafters to another rafter while on the ground. You do not have the do them this way, it just helped us throw them up and attach them a lot quicker than if we had to add the middle boards while up on top of the coop. We only had to add the middle rafter, and that one took way longer! Lol!

So basically, I placed each end rafter down and attached the boards as below…use pocket holes drilled 1 1/2″ deep and use 2 1/2″ screws with wood glue to attach them to the boards. Place another rafter that is not an edge rafter (no bottom board) on top and pocket hole it into place! (Sorry I didn’t take the pic with the other rafter on, but the next pic shows it well enough I believe!)

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Then attach the large rafter sections to the chicken coop.

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Building of the chicken coop, attaching the roof rafters

Just FYI, we added another bracket on the outside of that 2×4 as well…2 on every rafter. In the middle of the left side of the photo, you can see the brackets I used on the end rafters, I placed three along the rafter.

Not to jump ahead of ourselves, but here’s a pic of the rafters with both brackets!

Inside the chicken coop looking at the roof and nesting box wall

Adding Plywood to the Chicken Coop Door Wall

You can then add the next rafter, or I went ahead and attached the plywood to the door wall (the front) to stabilize the rafter as we placed the middle one! Plus the plywood was already cut so it was quick and easy to throw up there!

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Yes, I get dressed up to work! 😂 Don’t mind me over here in my glasses and pajamas!😅

Alright, back up in the rafters, attach the middle braces and the middle rafter!

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Ooh, la la!!

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Time to layout and screw down the roofing panels! I of course have no pictures of us putting it on because it was windy as heck that day so it was all hands on deck…er roof! Lol!

I spray-painted my galvanized steel roof panels because it was going to take 6 weeks to get the charcoal gray in since they aren’t carried in-store. Boooo! I didn’t want to wait but it ended up taking us that long to build it anyway! 😂 I should have just ordered it, but I did save a few dollars (maybe 20 bucks) by painting it vs ordering it, so there’s that!

If you choose to spray paint yours, make sure to wipe the steel down with vinegar, clean it really well with the vinegar so that the spray paint will adhere well to the galvanized coating!👍

Adding Plywood to the Run Wall of the Chicken Coop

Time to add the plywood to the last side that needs it! The run wall still needs its plywood! Using one of the sheets of plywood that you cut down to 71 1/2″, and cut it directly in half at 24″, so you end up with two 24″ x 71 1/2″ pieces!

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Okay, now that all the plywood is on, time to trim out the entire thing! 😆

Trimming Out the DIY Chicken Coop

I am going to pretty much show the pictures of the trim and offer any helpful tips I may have, and you can download the plans if you want to see exact measurements!

Run Wall Trim for the Chicken Coop

I attached the run to the wall of the chicken coop before completing the trim work, you can do it whichever way you want, I just wanted to be able to trim around it without being perfectly precise in my measurements!

I framed around the opening of course and then added the run to be able to complete the trim.

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If you need the plans for chicken coop run, get them here: DIY CHICKEN COOP RUN

After attaching the run to the chicken coop, I added trim to cover any plywood seams!

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You can see the brackets we used to attach the run in the photo above as well! It is also screwed into the coop from the inside!

In the final addition to the trim on the run wall that is not pictured, I added the battens to the top. They are mitered at 25 degrees off square on one end.

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Nesting Box Wall Trim of Chicken Coop

The nesting box will need to be built in order to trim out this wall!

Get the nesting box plans here: DIY NESTING BOX

Well, guys, this is the extent of nesting box wall trim that I took! 😆 Apparently it was getting dark and I was just trying to hurry up and finish! So, you will definitely want to check out the plans for this one!

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That gray bar is not supposed to be there…so don’t wonder which step you missed that told you to add that!😂 It’s the top rail of the fence that we were taking out!

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Door Wall Trim of Chicken Coop

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Don’t mind that large gap at the top, those boards will be covered!

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Window Wall Trim for Chicken Coop

Make sure and add the hardware cloth to the window before adding trim. You want the trim to not only hide the hardware cloth but keep it pinched between the plywood and trim!

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Don’t mind the caulk all over the wall…this particular area started cracking after the rain, so I thought I’d try a little caulk to seal it and cover it!🙄😀I did caulk all the horizontal boards to make sure water doesn’t seep behind them and cause the wood to rot!

Then I started painting baby!

Painting the DIY Chicken Coop

Using my Home Right sprayer, I was able to quickly spray the inside and outside of the chicken coop!

I LOVE this paint sprayer, I also have the older model but for this particular project, I suggest this one because it has three different tip sizes that allow you to use the largest one and spray really fast! I am talking 3 minutes max for an entire wall!😵

DIY Painting of the Chicken Coop

That’s not actually a video! Lol! Only a screenshot from the video because it was on my phone and too big of a file to send and I haven’t had the time to download it to my computer! Sorry folks!

After spraying it inside and out, I just had to build and hang the DOOR and SHUTTERS to complete the building process!

The last thing I did before allowing the ladies to move in was add hardware cloth to the eves to keep coons and other sly little critters out!🐭🐍 Using screws with a wafer head, I was able to just screw the hardware cloth to the frame and 2×4 on the rafters!

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From the outside, you can’t even see the hardware cloth! It’s perfect! And DONE!

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I’m beyond excited to share these chicken coop plans with you all, and would love for you to share them with your friends!

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FAQ About Building a Chicken Coop

Is it cheaper to build your own chicken coop?

Yes, absolutely! When you buy a chicken coop you are paying for the materials, time involved in building, and the store’s percentage for selling the chicken coop. You can save yourself so much money by putting in your own time to build the chicken coop and only paying for materials!

How to build a chicken coop?

There are so many ways to go about building a chicken coop! The main thing is deciding how many chickens you plan to have, then find a design that you like that can house that many chickens. Always go a little larger than you plan because trust me, you’ll end up with a few more chickens that you start with! If there are plans available, purchase them, or download mine for free above, or draw up your own if you would like! There are really no rules here! Then, build that chicken coop and enjoy your crazy two-legged ladies!

How many chickens can a chicken coop hold?

There is a general rule of thumb on this, and it is 2-3 square feet per chicken. Now, don’t forget that chickens love to roost, they really don’t sleep on the floor! Make sure you utilize all the square footage of a chicken coop by building or placing tons of roosting bars inside the coop! Give them each 1-2 feet on the roosting bars and you can easily add addtional square footage to your chicken coop to hold a few more chickens! Don’t forget that if you free range your chickens you don’t need nearly as much square footage per chicken because they only sleep there!

How many nesting boxes do I need?

This is a good question. If you keep your chickens in your chicken coop and never let them out to free range, you will want to have enough nestings boxes so that no more than five chickens are ever expected to share the same one. I would say to keep your feathered friends happiest, don’t make more than 3-4 chickens share a nesting box! Now if you free range them, nesting boxes aren’t nearly as important because when they have access to the oustide world, they find a place they love the most and lay their eggs there no matter how many nesting boxes you have! Lol!

Can chickens stay in a coop all day?

The answer is yes, they sure can, they will definitely survive. But do you want your chickens surviving, or do you want them thriving! Free ranging your chickens keeps them far lessed stressed which leads to better health for the chickens and more eggs for you! Less disease when they are allowed more space to roam!

How often do I need to clean my chicken coop?

This is depends on a few factors. If your chickens stay locked in the coop day and night, you will have to clean the chicken coop far more often than if they are able to free range during the day. A weekly cleaning will be neccessary if they are in the coop constantly. But if they are able to roam outside the coop during the day, you can skip to a monthly cleaning. Also, if you have a floor in your chicken coop, you will have to clean more often than if you use the deep litter method, where the chicken coop has a dirt floor that the chickens are able to basically compost their own poo! The deep litter method allows you to remove the pine shavings and fresh dirt compost once every six months to a year!

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42 Comments

    1. Hey Rebecca!
      I used regular (untreated) 2x4s on the whole build, but I did use exterior grade plywood sheathing (which I believe is treated). Now, in the run, which is exposed to all weather, I would use treated 2x4s if you plan to use pocket holes because I have had two boards start rotting where the pocket holes are facing upward…so basically the water will sit in those holes! Ugh! I am replacing them soon and will not use pocket holes this time on those boards! I am also not sure though because the two boards that are rotting are the two boards that my goats rub their horns on and they removed all the paint which is the only protection on the wood! So I am also moving my goats to a pasture where they can’t rub the chicken coop! Lol! I plan to update the post soon with this info! Hope that helps!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Cara

  1. I love your coop so much!! You did an amazing job.
    About how long did it take you to build it all? I’m so impressed with your coop and your instructions and all the lists. 🙂

    1. Hey Brandi!
      Thank you so much for the sweet words about my chicken coop and plans, I really appreciate it!
      So the build took me far longer than it should have…lol…but it was more because I wasn’t sure how I wanted to do certain parts so I would get to a certain stage and think on it for a couple of days! Since the plans are completed now, you should be able to build it in two-three weeks if you work slowly, or a week, maybe a little over if you do build regularly and push it to get it done quickly! Basically breaking it down, the main chicken coop frame was completely built in a day, the roof took me two days to build and put the tin on, plywood and trim were another two days, the run was a day, doors, nesting boxes, and shutters I would give 3 days to be safe, and last painting was a day with a paint sprayer! As you can see I don’t work but a couple of hours a day! Lol! Others could have had several things done in one day that took me 2-3!😅
      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions! Thanks for stopping by! Have a good one!
      Cara

  2. Hi Cara ~
    Thanks a million. It’s going to be fun. My wife’s latest honey-do project. She just has to have chickens now! I can build it, but I don’t know anything about raising chickens. Short of going to the University of Google I’ll ask a few questions of you before a deep dive.
    1. I assume the 36″ hardware cloth is because all dimensions end up at 72″ basically. I’m thinking of fencing the bottom row at 48″ to trench and burrow 12″ for tunneling critters. Do you have any thoughts on that or is my plan a solution without a problem?
    2. We’re in Ohio. I gets cold and windy here in the winter and we live in the country with open fields all around. How do these chickens feel about very cold windchill with only hardware cloth in the eaves? Should I insulate in the winter? Heat lamps?
    3. I read your FAQ. Is a floor a good idea? Or some ground cover? Paver blocks, maybe, rather than potentially mud?

    Thanks for sharing…
    Thom

    1. Hey Thom!

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I really appreciate it, makes my day when I log in to find the sweetest comments!
      And, I agree it will be fun! LOL! Chickens are really great and until two years ago, I had no idea what I was missing out on, I thought chickens were nasty and never wanted any! I was so wrong! They are not nasty at all, they are so much fun, we love our ladies…and rooster! 🐓
      Now to answer your questions!
      1. Yes, the hardware cloth is 36″ because the run is 72″ tall and it fits perfectly with a slight overlap along the middle boards! You can do the 48″ and bury it as you mentioned because digging critters can be a problem! Maybe I didn’t mention it in the post, I will go back and check and add it if I didn’t, but included in the hardware cloth amount needed, I have included enough to go around the entire coop 12″-18″. I didn’t trench it, I just screwed it to the bottom of all the bottom 2x4s and it lays outward, flat on the ground and we covered it with dirt. If anything tries to dig it just ends up on the hardware cloth and can’t dig! I hope that makes sense…I can email pictures if not! So far, we have not had any issues and no animals have even tried to dig around our coop, but we also keep our dogs outside most of the time and even when they are inside they will wake us up if they hear anything outside, and they can run around the coop so they keep the raccoons, bobcats, and coyotes away for us!
      2. I live in south Texas so I do not have a lot of experience with the cold! LOL! I have to worry more about heat than cold hence why I have it so open! Granted, I will say, we did have our crazy freeze that lasted for a week where it was 13-17 degrees overnight and stayed below freezing during the day and we did nothing to the coop besides close the shutters and it was warm inside! The chickens were happy and cuddled a little more than normal but I was not worried about them at all, I would go inside the coop to get out of the wind and warm up a little while I was out taking care of all the animals! Now, as I have mentioned before, positioning of the coop is key so that the north wind is blocked by the solid wall of the front, the eves are to the east and west, and the open run is to the south! Keeps them cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but that is not to say that it will be warm enough in an Ohio winter and I do believe the run may need to be closed in and the eves covered during the winter! Insulation probably wouldn’t hurt with how cold your winters are! As far as heat lamps, I don’t use them, I did run electricity in case we ever need to, but we haven’t! If you are on Facebook, I love my chicken groups I am in that I can always ask questions and get answers from experienced people in my area, and that would be great for you to be able to ask other people living in Ohio about how they manage winter with their chickens! I wish I had more experience with the cold to offer…but alas, TEXAS! 🤣
      3. I love my chicken coop without a floor! I like my chickens to be as maintenance-free as possible and not having a floor allows me to not have to clean out the coop very often at all! Honestly, I have removed the pine shavings twice since I have had my chickens for two years and the only reason I removed it was because I wanted to use it in my garden! The way they turn the soil and pine shavings to compost the soil is one of the coolest things I have ever seen in my life! I know it sounds like it’s weird but it DOESN”T smell at all because they do all the work scratching to keep it clean! They basically throw fresh dirt over their poop every day! I have to clean out the nesting boxes once a week or so because some of my ladies like to sleep in the nesting boxes, but that doesn’t even take me five minutes to scrape them out! I have friends with coops that have a floor and they have to clean the whole coop once a week, shovel and scrape the floor, and change out bedding every week…and it still smells like chicken poop! I love that I don’t have to do it! I don’t have an issue with mud, but we built our coop up slightly and sloped all sides away from the coop so water (even hurricane rains) doesn’t make it into the coop! Every once in a while we will get a really hard rain and the shutters will stay open because I forget and it gets slightly damp below the window but nothing that affects the chickens in any way!
      Hope that helps! Sorry, I wrote a whole book!😅 Let me know if you have any other questions! Thanks for stopping by! Have a good one!

      Cara

      1. Thanks Cara,
        You are a real gift to us chicken newbies.
        I will do as you suggested with the hardware cloth. It makes more sense than to trench 40′.
        I do without the floor as you suggested. I’ll slope the ground away from the coop outside and all should be well.
        I’ll keep some insulation at the ready in case we have protracted cold, windy spells. I don’t want our egg layers to be ready for the freezer. I don’t know what I’ll use yet. Maybe just some plywood on the eave openings to keep the wind out.
        Thanks so much for the reply. You’re a huge help!
        ~Best
        Thom

  3. Hi Cara,
    I love your chicken coop and run, but have problems getting the plans. I checked the spam and it didn’t go there either. Would it be possible for you to email it to me?

    1. Hey Ute! Thank you so much for your kind words, I apologize that you are having trouble retrieving the plans! I am emailing them to you now, let me know if for some reason you don’t receive them! Thanks again!

      Cara

      1. Love, love the coop and instructions but I’m not able to print them, is there a way you can email them to me ? Also, what is the size of the coop ?
        Thank you so very much and my girls thank you also.

        1. Hey Carolyn!
          Thank you so much for the sweet words about my coop! The size of the coop is 8’x8′ (main coop), with a 6’x16′ run!
          As far as the printing, I will email you the link again, depending on what program your computer uses to open pdf files will determine how you will print it! May I ask if you are using a pc or Mac? I’ll email the file link again just to check and then we can go from there! Feel free to email me cara.theinspiredworkshop(at)gmail.com if it still doesn’t work and we will troubleshoot! Thanks again! Have a good one!
          Cara

  4. Hi Cara, Loving the build and just finished the four walls… just wondering what stakes you would recommend to hold the coop down in case of winds? Thank you for your amazing plans.

  5. Hello, thanks so much for sharing your coop! I am going to build a very similar coop here in North Texas in a few weeks. Can you post more pictures/instructions on how you did your roosting bars and about how much length is needed per bird?

  6. Hi there!
    This is THE coop for us 🙂 I was wondering – did I overlook the plans for the doors / shutters for the window? I checked a few times in the post and couldn’t find them. I LOVE THEM and they’d be a perfect addition to keep the critters out for us as well!

    1. Hey Jennifer!
      Thank you so much for your kind words! The plans should have been included in the success pop-up right after you entered your email! I am emailing the file to you right now though, and if for some strange reason you don’t receive it, please let me know! I will double check the pop-up as well, and I apologize for the inconvenience! I wish you all the best in building the chicken coop, and of course, if you have any questions along the way, feel free to email me! Have a good one!
      Cara

      1. Hi Cara, I’m also trying to find the plans and have been unsuccessful. I plan to build your exact chicken coop in the next few weeks. Do you care you send me the plans to my email?

        Thank you so much.

        1. Hey Brittany!
          I apologize that there seems to be a problem with the plans! I will surely email them to you! Make sure and check your spam/junk folder just in case you don’t see them in the next few minutes! Thanks for stopping by! Have a good one!

          Cara

  7. Hi Cara,
    Thank you for being generous and sharing your plans. Your coop looked so good I finally stopped researching plans and just started building, so certainly inspired me. I didn’t follow your plans exactly but used your dimensions and modified the design to fit the Aussie climate and specific spot I had picked for the coop. Since I wasn’t building the run I used the split doors on both ends but I also built a frame in the top of each door with hardware mesh AND a shutter door so when our hot summers hit, I can push ventilation to the limit at night if required. Wood is so expensive (and hard to find) so for now the door is a ply panel but I’ve plans to make it like yours once prices drop. It also needs more of the trims to look as nice as yours – something else I have to wait a little longer for. The chickens look so happy when it is bed time and during the day, I keep finding my ducks in there – probably wondering why their house isn’t as nice as the chickens house. Thanks again, it really did inspire me to just get started and stop overthinking it.
    Nat

  8. Hey,

    Did you cut the roof panels? I can’t see anywhere that says you did, but I assume you must have. If you did, what size did you cut them to please?

    1. Hey Lizzie!
      I sure did cut the panels, sorry if I didn’t mention that in the post! Oy! Off the top of my head, I think the rafters were cut at 63 1/8″, and I cut the panels at 64 1/8″. Basically, I just added 1″ to the length of the rafter boards to have a small hangover! Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  9. Cara,
    Did I miss it or is there not a door on the run wall that can be closed during bad weather? My wife and I are new chicken parents and plan to build your coop as soon as the price of lumber comes back down. We will use the small coop we have until then. I love your coop, it will be perfect for our girls.

    1. Hey Sean!
      Thank you so much for your kind words about my chicken coop! And I apologize that it has taken me this long to reply, comments were lost in the spam filter and I had to wade through over 12,000 comments to find this one! Lol! Sorry about that!
      Anyway, I do not have a door on the run side, I had planned on building sliding barn doors to close when needed, but honestly, the run faces south on our coop, and after using it for a year and a half, I have not had a need to have doors on that side of the coop! Our rain really only blows hard from the north with a cold front and with the slight walls on the run side, it manages to keep the rain out when the wind/rain is out of the south! I’m not sure, if you live in a really cold climate, you may want to add them… even though we had that crazy freeze this last February and it was down to 15 degrees at night and in the 20s during the day, since the north wind was blocked my ladies were perfectly fine!

      Hope that helps! I would LOVE to see the coop when you get it built! Let me know if you have any other questions!
      Cara

  10. Hi there! I cannot wait to take your plans with some modifications to build our own coop!! I wanted to ask if you had plans for the nesting boxes because the link didn’t work above. Thank you!

    1. Hey Nikki!
      Can I ask which part are you having a problem with the nesting box link? If you click the link in this post, it takes you to the nesting box post, and in that post are the downloadable plans. If you have a pop-up filter on maybe that could be causing the problem? Once you click the link it should ask if you want to open or save them, then they will download! It works for me but I see another comment saying they are having a problem as well, so I’d like to fix it if I can! In the meantime, here is a link directly to the nesting box plans! DIY Nesting Box Plans Thank you so much for your kind words and for letting me know there was a problem! Have a good one!
      Cara

  11. Hi! Love this coop! We are still in the process of building. Total cost has been $1800 in Wisconsin. (March 2021). Cost of wood has skyrocketed! It is still much cheaper than buying a well made large coop. We did also double supplies for a second door. We can’t have an open end so we are adding a door on the run wall.

    1. Hey Kate!
      Oh my word, you are telling me…I cannot believe the cost increase of wood! It’s insane! So glad you are still able to build it even with the spike in cost! I love the idea of the door on the open end, I would LOVE to see your coop when it is complete! Thanks for sharing the cost update with my readers as well, that’s very helpful to show the current cost comparison!
      Feel free to reach out if you have any questions while building! Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!
      Cara

  12. Hi!
    Do you live in a cold climate? We do, so I am curious how well it keeps the ladies warm with only hardware cloth on the window and the eves. I love the idea for ventilation, but just wonder what you would suggest we modify so they stay warm in winter. Insulate the inside?

    1. Hey Libby!
      I live in south Texas, so I definitely live in a warm climate! Lol! But I will say, we recently had that crazy freeze where our temperatures were 13 degrees overnight with freezing rain for a week, the chickens were perfectly fine! I situated the coop to where the north wall is a solid wall when the door is closed (front door), the eves are on the east and west wall which left them pretty much unaffected by the winds, and then the windows have shutters that can be closed, which we closed during the storm. I have yet to add the barn doors to the large open wall (run wall), but you could do that to close off that end and add a little warmth. Insulating it would definitely help, but I was shocked at how warm it was in the coop! I would run and sit in the coop to take a break while out feeding and moving animals around! I had planned to bring the chickens inside if it seemed like they were too cold, but they didn’t ‘huddle’ anymore than normal or anything, they slept exactly like they normally did, and they played all day outside in the freezing temps too! Anyway, the three sides that were fully closed blocked all the wind and it was actually toasty! Now in a really cold climate, I might attach a board (1×4 or 1×6) with hinges over the eves on the inside so that you could flip them up over the eves when it was cold but flip it down when it was warm to get the ventilation! Hopefully, that makes sense!

      Hope that helps, and feel free to reach out with any other questions you may have! Thanks for stopping by! Have a good one!
      Cara

  13. So this plan costs includes the run and coop together?! I’m a first timer but want to do it right the first time around! Thanks,

    Ashley

    1. Hey Ashley!
      The cost in the post does include the coop and run at the time I built it, unfortunately, lumber prices have SKYROCKETED lately and so the cost has definitely increased! Another reader is building it right now and said her cost has been 1800 with the increased cost of the lumber, granted she has some added cost as well because she closed in the run wall and added another door on that wall, but I would imagine that would be a pretty fair estimate of cost today. It’s so frustrating that lumber has increased so much recently, and we can only hope it goes back down soon!

      Feel free to reach out with any other questions! Thanks for stopping by and have a good one!
      Cara

  14. We are using your plans as a reference guide but doing our own touches! I love your coop and it was exactly what we have been looking for.

    We are currently about $1200 invested with material cost. But here is our changes….
    10′ x 8′ design
    Treated plywood floor- 3, 4×8 sheets
    4′ x 4′ treated posts cut at 45⁰ for skids – 3 , 10′ posts
    2x4x8 treated framing, 9 boards
    Then i painted the floor with a porch paint for easy cleaning as laminate was about $100 for this size, paint was $10 and i put 4 coats!

    We have been saving pallets(really big ones) for awhile and other than removing all the nails we had all the 2×4 boards we needed for the rest of the framing, score!! More money saved!

    We are using tin that we had leftover from a shed build years ago for our roof, yay, more money saved!

    Purchased:
    1/4″ primed plywood siding, 9 sheets
    Roof plywood 1/2″ osb, 5 sheets but need to get one more as i want a 2′ overhang above the door.
    Metal vents to be placed on either peak
    Metal roof ridge

    We are so excited to set this up, we will be putting to roof together this weekend!

  15. Hi there! How many birds do you think can fit in this coop? I’ve got a flock of 20 and love your coop!

    1. Hey Caylen!
      Sorry I missed your comment, it was overlooked in a slew of SPAM comments! Oy! My apologies!

      Anyway, my flock of ladies is 20 and they have PLENTY of room! They free range all day but when we went on vacation, they stayed inside for 4 days without any issues! I was so worried they were going to have pecked each other and pulled feathers out by the time we made it home, but they were perfectly fine! LoL! I plan on adding a maybe 10 more to my flock after hatching some of their eggs, and I really don’t think that will create an issue! I’ll update when I do!

      Hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by! Have a good one!
      Cara

      1. Thank you for sharing your plans! I’ve been searching all over the web for plans to give us a starting point for our coop design and this is just about perfect as is.
        One question I had was on the coop not having a floor. Are there any issues with moisture from the ground during rainy weather? You probably get more rain there than we do here in California, but our soil is clay and waterlogs with the rain. Does the deep littler protect the coop well enough from ground moisture?

    1. Hey Lauren!
      So sorry I am so late responding to your comment, I lost several comments in a slew of SPAM comments, and I apologize!

      You absolutely do NOT have to have a Kreg Jig! It simplifies the process, but by all means, do not let not having one keep you from building it! Small alterations will keep you from having to have one, for instance on the run, instead of using pocket holes, you can just screw your screws in from the side (on the 1 1/2″ side of the board) and if you start the screw, then pull it back to angle it, it almost makes a pocket hole but on the side as opposed to the face…I hope that makes sense, I can send you a video if that will help! Lol! I just used this method on my garden fence because I was not about to drill pocket holes on all of those boards! Lol!

      Hope that helps, and feel free to email me at [email protected](.)com if you need me to better explain the process or send a video! Lol! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a good one!
      Cara

    1. Hey Tana!
      Thanks so much for your kind words! You surely can do it, and I’m here to help if you need anything at all, feel free to reach out!

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a good one!
      Cara

    1. Hey Marcelita!
      Thank you so much for your kind words! If you did not add the run, you can expect to cut about 300 dollars off the total coop cost, granted that was my cost 10 months ago, BEFORE lumber SKYROCKETED! Also, depending on how you modify the opening to the run, you may save a little more money than that, or it could cost you some of that savings! At today’s cost, the run alone would cost double that in my area, and triple in some areas of the country! I am trying to wait PATIENTLY for prices to go back down but it is not looking promising! Hope that helps!

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