Make a Chicken Coop


Materials & Products

  • 2X4 Pressure Treated
  • 2X4 Pressure treated
  • 4X4 7/16″ sheathing
  • 10d 3″ framing nails
  • 10d 2″ framing nails
  • #8 3-1/2″ exterior screws
  • #8 1-1/4″ construction screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 7/8″ roofing nails
  • Felt Paper
  • Drip edge
  • Shingles 
  • Shed door hinge 
  • Gate latch
  • Light duty hinge
  • Hook and eye latch
  • Wood filler
  • Paint Hardware cloth

Tools I Used

ISOtunes Pro

RZ mask M2

Table saw (new version)

Miter saw


Impact driver 

Kreg Foreman

Kreg guide saw

Framing nailer

Circular saw


Flush trim router bit


Tape measure


Step 1: Build Chicken Coop Foundation

To start off with, I tackled making the floor for the coop from pressure treated 2X4s. I butted up the joists to the stringers and shot two 3” ring shank nails through the stringers into the end of each joist.
With the frame complete, I secured 7/16″ plywood to the joists with 2” ring shank nails. The flooring should only cover the “inner” foundation.

Step 2: Frame Walls of Chicken Coop

With all of the pieces for each wall cut to length, I laid out the items per my plans and started by nailing the studs to the bottom plate.
With all of the studs secured to the bottom plate, I positioned the top plate per the plans, checking for square by measuring across the corners, and then securing it to each stud as I did the bottom plate.

Step 3: Install Walls

Once each wall is framed, I moved on to securing the walls to the foundation. I did this by first positioning each wall section per the plans and then shot 3” nails through the base plate into the foundation.

Step 4: Install Roosting Rails

To install the roosting rails, I leveled and secured blocking between the studs on the front and back walls. I then positioned the roosting rails on the blocking and nailed them into place.

Step 5: Sheath Walls

The next step is to sheath the walls. I cut the sheathing so that the seams fall in the middle of studs where necessary.
I used 2” nails to secure the sheathing to each stud.
With the walls sheathed it’s time to cut some holes in it! There will be openings for the nesting box, entry door, chicken door, and window.

Step 6: Build Chicken Coop Nesting Box

This nesting box is made with 2X2s and 7/16″ plywood. you’ll also build it from 3/4” plywood and use pocket hole construction if you preferred.

To make the box, I movie the ends and dividers first. I then clamped all of them together and used a flush trim bit in my router to form all of them identical.

With that done, I secured 2X2s to every end piece. Then I added the remaining pieces to form the box.

After that, the dividers were installed per my plans and therefore the lid was attached.

Step 7: Build Entry Door

I chose to stay things simple on these doors and used 2X4s and pocket hole construction to create them.

With the door frame constructed, I sheathed it with 7/16” plywood.

Next, I cut the arc within the door.

With the door all bound up , I installed the hinges and a typical gate latch. Gate latches are easy to put in and operate, but do be mindful that you simply could lock yourself within the coop inadvertently if you do not prop the door open while inside.

Step 8: Frame and Shingle Roof

With this roof, I built all sides as a panel then installed them onto the frame of the coop. If your coop is far larger than this one, i might recommend building the roof frame on the coop then shingling it in situ , because the weight of every panel could also be too great to securely install.

For the roof frame, I used 2X4s and pocket hole construction. Once it had been framed out, I cut one edge at an angle per my plans.

I then sheathed it, installed the drip edge, and attached the roofing paper using 7/8” galvanized roofing nails.

I then installed the shingles. This was my first time installing shingles and therefore the process was surprisingly easy.

With each panel shingled, I lifted them into position with Kathleen’s help then secured them from inside the coop through the highest plate and into the roof frame. the ultimate detail was to run a course of shingles along the roof’s ridge.

Step 9: Build Run

Now if you’ve gotten to this point in the build, making the run will be a piece of cake. I framed it out run per the plans and secured everything using 3” exterior grade construction screws.

Step 10: Delivery

Delivery day was very exciting and required some of my best trailer maneuvering to date! We used a come-along anchored to a stout tree along with a set of ramps to pull the coop off of the trailer and into position. We then secured the run to the coop and called it a day!

Step 11: Build Your Own!

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