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We hope that this coop brings your family years of quality enjoyment, fresh eggs, and healthy chickens. The first step is to level an area greater than 4’ X4’ to accommodate the base of the main coop. The base consists of 4 posts with a 2X4 frame to make it rigid. No wall is longer or higher than 4’ to make efficient use of 8’ 2X4’s and sheeting. OSB dividers were added to separate the box into the three nesting areas.
The lid is made of OSB as well and is just slightly oversized as to create a small over hang when closed. Cut the top two diagonal supports once the box is mounted to the coop. The roof is fairly simple, 4 2X4 trusses spanning from front to back. Each truss is notched out to rest on the front and back walls. The top is covered with OSB with as much over hang as you would like. There are special nails that go with the roofing panels and foam caps to close of the rigged ends as well. The cleanout tray is one of the best features of this design.
The tray slides in and out along the floor of the coop through a small access door under the main access. The tray is made of scrap 2X4 cut into 1. Once the core of the coop is built the outside can be covered with whatever material you choose. I used a cheap paneling I found at Home Depot and then stained it with deck stain to protect it. You can also use plywood, pallet wood, or any other material to cover the coop. Now, on to the chicken run! The chicken run gives our little egg producers some nice space to hang out during the day with plenty of cover for rainy days.
Remember, this is a general guide with the style that I chose but don’t be afraid to change anything you want along the way! The run starts with a 2X6 frame that is an 8’X4’ rectangle secured with deck screws. Next the 5’ and 6’ wall supports are installed vertically from the base frame. Trusses are installed in-between the top horizontal wall supports and topped with 1X4 runners. These runners are there purely to give something for the Ondura roofing to attach to. The above materials were used to flush the walls for attaching the hardware cloth and are not needed if you intend to use chicken wire instead. Although some may be needed to provide a mounting locating for the door.
The coop door is made of 2X4 studs with a cheap version of a pocket hole connecting the corner braces together. You can toenail these or angle screw them together as well. The pocket hole I used is detailed in the video. Cheap stick on vinyl tiles to cover inside of tray.
10d will work fine or use 2. X4’ vinyl cut from a pool toy and some construction adhesive. This ensures water does not leak between the coop wall and the nesting box lid. Sliding door was made from scrap pieces leftover from construction.
Chicken wire is much cheaper but doesn’t look as nice and it a bit flimsy. Hardware cloth is rather expensive but tougher and lays flatter. Making your coop exactly as you have it measured out and your nesting box wall and wall for chickens to go out to the run are measured wrong. Got to the point of framing all the walls and standing them up to screw them all together and your measurements are 3’5″ for the left and right walls to screw down to the 3’9″ width sides of the base.
I saw your comment after I erected the first two walls and I proceeded carefully. I followed the instructions step by step and I did NOT have the problem you described. I would have liked more details on the nesting boxes, but hay, these designs were free. THANKS SSL DAD for taking the time to share all this info !
I’m getting ready to build my coop very soon and loved your design. I’m a carpenter so I’ll probably make a few minor changes, but it looks great and seems to function well. My concern is predators, particularly, the ground kind. We live near Detroit so large predators aren’t much of a concern, but rats seem to be the main concern.
So instead of making the run removable, I think we’ll fix it to the coop. I’m in the process of building. Was wanting to attach my run as well for the same reasons. Was curious as to how that went. It’s just the size I was looking for. Hi thank you so much for this design on a chicken coop.