Updated A Frame Chicken Coop Plans

Submitted by Ana White on Sat, 04/11/2020 - 11:13
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Free A Frame chicken coop plans designed by Ana White.  This design is water tight at the top with fixed sides.  

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Almost a decade ago, I built my first A Frame Chicken Coop.  And while that coop is still being used today, over the years of using it, I've found ways to improve it.

Updated A Frame Chicken Coop Plans

  • Suitable for 3-5 chickens (perfect for most families)
  • Easy to build design with off the shelf materials
  • Designed to shed water and provide plenty of shelter for the chickens
  • Built in nesting box
  • Doors on each side for easy access and allowing chickens out to free range

One of our generous readers, Doug Livingston, built this project and provided the following photos and suggestions:

a frame chicken coop how to build

The hardest part was getting the A Frame angles to match at the top and bottom, but it all worked out just fine.

a frame chicken coop building

a frame chicken coop box

a frame chicken coop door

On the top, Doug added waterproof flashing.

a frame chicken coop tractor

Doug added temporary wheels to move it because it got quite heavy.

Dimensions
A Frame Chicken Coop Dimensions
Dimensions shown in diagram

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long (DO NOT CUT)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 104-5/8" - cut the 51" pieces from these boards
  • 8 - 2x4 @ 8' or 8' stud length (cut everything else from these boards)
  • 1 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long (prefer cedar or treated as it is rot resistant - this is the peak of the A Frame)
  • 12 - 6' x 5-1/2" wide cedar fence pickets 
  • 2 - 4x8 sheets of 3/8" thick T1-11 siding or exterior plywood
  • 2 sets of 3" exterior hinges
  • 2 exterior gate locks (small) or hook and eye closure
  • 25 foot bundle of 2 foot wide chicken wire
  • 1/2" staples for attaching chicken wire to wood frame and staple gun
  • 60 - 3" exterior self tapping construction screws like these
  • 100 - 1" self tapping screws like these
Cut List

2 - 2x4 @ 96" - base sides

2 - 2x4 @ 74" - base ends

6 - 2x4 @ 75-1/4" - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends ARE parallel

1 - 2x6 @ 96" - top

4 - 2x4 @ 51" - both ends are cut at 30 degrees off square, long point to long point, ends are NOT parallel

7 - cedar fence pickets @ 44" long - nesting box bottom

4 - 3/8" thick T1-11 wood siding @ 48" x 48" (cut each sheet in half)

Ends should be cut to fit for the best finish - see in plans

Cutting Instructions

Cut boards with a compound miter saw (recommended) or circular saw using a guide as an alternative.

Cut T1-11 siding panels in half with a circular saw to create four panels each 48" x 48".

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Miter Saw

Instructions

Step 1

Build the frame for the chicken coop near it's final location on a flat, level surface.  You can move the final coop - we designed it as lightweight as possible - if need be.

Use two 3" screws at each corner.

Take diagonal measurements as shown and make sure the measurements match.  If not, push the longer diagonal corners together and check again for square.

Step 2

For the a frame wall boards, use a speed square to mark the ends at a 90 degree angle to your cut ends as shown in the diagram.

Cut with a circular saw.  

Repeat for all six of the a frame wall boards.

Step 3

Attach the outside a frame wall boards first inside your base frame with 3" screws.

Then add the remaining center a frame wall boards, centered on the base.

Step 4

Attach the 2x6 on top of the a frame wall boards to create the ridge with 3" screws.

Step 5

Now is a good time to add the chicken wire.

Attach with staples all the way around the base.

Step 6

Mark the a frame wall boards down from the top edge 44-1/4".

Attach with 3" screws the built in floor joist to the a frame wall boards.  Notice there are two on the end that will have the nesting box (it's hard to see in the diagram, all the way at the back of the coop).

Step 7

Place the cedar fence pickets at 44" inside the coop.  Screw down with 1" screws - one per end - don't go crazy here, you want these boards to be removeable if needed for cleaning.

Another option is to use scrap 2x4s inside the floor joists, parallel to the floor joist, right along side, and attach the cedar fence pickets to the scrap pieces but NOT the floor joists.  Then you can remove the entire floor.

Step 8

Attach the T1-11 siding under the ridge with the 1" screws, about four screws per joist. 

Step 9

Start at the top and measure and cut the gable boards from cedar fence pickets.  The cut angle is 30 degrees.

Attach with either nails or the 1" screws.

Step 10

Cut the remaining cedar fence picket pieces to cover the ends but don't attach.  Cut these a little smaller, so there is a gap on the ends so it is easy to open and close.

Cut four cedar fence pickets to 16" long.

Attach on top of the angled fence pickets to create the door.

Hinge in the opening with hinges.

Install the latch to secure.

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Comments

jennfarese

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:54

Hi Ana - i'm headed to the store tomorrow to get started on this new coop plan.  I noticed that you called for cedar planking for the floor of the nest box.  I've kept chickens in the past & recall reading about not using cedar in a chicken coop, as it can aide in chicken sickness.  Something to consider!

Thanks for all you do -
Jenn

Bannat77

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 18:10

So I've started building this, but I realized a major flaw (at least for me). There is no ground-level gate or door for the chickens to walk in and out of. I'd like them to be able to free range in the yard at times and then "go home" at night. I may have to modify, but was curious why this was not included in your design...probably a good reason.

rebuild51

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 19:39

You do very well thought out instructions for your builds and this is no exception to that but.... regarding the frame wall boards, which end goes up???? I am modifying the exterior to match our needs but the framework I will not touch.

GRD

louie82

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 11:32

I need the same..im thinking build the wntire A-frame as a coop and im going to make a chicken door on one side (or on one end) for an 8x8 run. I also am thinking i will make one side an entire "lift-up"door on hinges for clean out. Did you figure something out? Im not using cedar, but plywood and probably tar paper and shingles for weatherproofing. I need to cut a few "vents" for fresh air as well

tanna86

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 11:28

Can we use something other than cedar fence pickets? The only place we have around here does not carry this at all.

RevRunned_Jon

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 15:44

I see a lot of comments here about how cool this looks, but see no one who has actually built this.

Has anyone built this following these exact plans?

I just cut my boards according to step 2 (30 degrees off square at 75 1/4" inches) and they do not meet up in the middle, the base is 74" at the bottom..... i believe either the angle, the board length, or both are wrong.

Anyone know what they should be?

RevRunned_Jon

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 07:00

Never mind.... I pivoted my square (in a hurry) the wrong way, threw the whole thing off about ten degrees.

The Plans are correct. (It will not let me delete my statement above, hopefully a moderator can) so i am trying to correct it here. ;-)