A Frame Chicken Coop
How to build A Frame Chicken Coop! Free plans from Ana-White.com! DIY for less than $100!
14 - 2x4s, 8 feet long
1 - sheet 3/4" t1-11
6 total T-Strap hinges
30 feet of 30" wide chicken wire (I used 36" because I couldn't find 30" locally)
2 3/4" exterior screws
1/2" exterior staples for chicken wire
scrap plywood piece for floor of upstairs coop and ladder
Optional 1x2s for trim out if desired
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
6 - 2x4 @ 64" (LP measurement, top end cut at 60 degrees off square, bottom end cut at 30 degrees off square)
6 - 2x4 @ 96"
2 - 2x4 @ 64" (LP measurement, both ends cut at 30 degrees off square)
5 - 2x4 @ 32" (LP measurement, both ends cut at 30 degrees off square)
4 - pieces t1-11 siding cut into 24" x 48" pieces
Optional 1x2 trim
Cutting the top angle is going to be a pain - I know - if your miter saw does not cut 60 degree angles. What you will need to do is mark the angles with your square and then cut with a circular saw. Remember, it's 60 degrees off square.
Once you have your rafters cut, then you can simply attach the side support boards. NOTE: I left a 24 1/2" gap for 24" wide t1-11 - you may wish to leave a slightly wider gap for easier access to the upstairs coop - or you can cut your plywood down to fit.
Another trick here is to cover the bottom with chicken wire. These things are always easier done now rather than when you are inside the coop :)
Once you have the two walls built, just attach at base with base supports. Then attach tops with countersunk screws.
Thes are really going to add a ton of strength to the coop! And make a floor for the upstairs room. Attach from outside with the 2 3/4" exterior screws.
Now add the doors. For mine, we used two full doors, but a better idea would be to split the doors into two so accessing the different sections is easier.
NOTE: We trimmed out the doors in 1x3s for added strength and because the hinges we had required it.
Then I simply finished out the sides with chicken wire. I choose to fill in the upstairs part with boards, but you could leave open with chicken wire or even make a little egg collecting door :) .
I then added the 1x2 trim just to finish things out, but not necessary.
We haven't put wheels on the coop just yet, but I'm certainly eyeing Grace's discarded bicycle training wheels.