Introduction: Chicken Coup
This is a chicken coup I made a few years ago. As a guide, my son Alex who is in some of the photos is now 13.
The chicken coup is still going strong with a few repairs and changes.
Step 1: Plan and Quick Guide
The following plans are a rough guide to building the basic shell of a chicken coup. You will need to use your imagination to add all the fixtures and fittings :-) . All measurements are in centimetres.
Four different sizes of wood are used:
- 2cm by 4cm presure treated beams (red)
- 4cm by 4cm presure treated beams (green)
- 20 cm presure treated lap boards (blue)
- 1.5 cm Marine Ply (yellow)
The frame is held together with nails. You will need the following tools:
- A wood saw
- A hammer
- A tape measure
- A Jig Saw
Please do offer up all parts as you construct this as I could have made mistakes. I can take no responsibility for any errors in these plans :-)
Step 2: See Plan Fig 1
Cut four lengths of 4x4 at 75cmCut four lengths of 4x4 at 45cm
Cut five lengths of 4x2 at 190cmCut four lengths of 4x2 at 115cm
Get your hammer out and construct the basic frame.
Step 3: See Plan Fig 2
Cut one length of 4x4 at 190cm (The roof ridge)Cut four lengths of 4x2 at 60cm
Cut four lengths of 4x2 at 120cm
Cut one end of each 4x2 lengths at 45 degrees
Step 4: See Plan Fig 3
Cut 90 degree notches into all the 4x2 lengths in Fig 2 at 4cm from the 45 degree cut ends. (Make sure you cut them on the correct, shorter side. See Fig 3). These will be used to attach the roof beams on to the frame in Fig 1
Lay out one 60cm and one 120cm length at 90 degrees
Cut a piece of 4x2 to make a cross member as shown in the figure.
Nail the cross member to the two roof beamsRepeat this for four pairs of roof beams.
Nail the roof ridge to the roof beams and the frame from Fig 1. You may need to borrow some extra hands to do this.
Step 5: See Plan Fig 4
Cut and add the 4x2 pieces shown in the figure and fix them to the frame
Step 6: See Plan Fig 5
This is a plan of the front of the coup
Cut two 67cm lengths of 4x2
Cut two 47cm lengths of 4x2
Cut two 55cm lengths of 4x2
Lay out the two 47cm and 67cm pieces to make a rectangle
Nail the two 55cm pieces over the 47cm pieces and to the 67cm pieces to make a door
Cut and add the 4x2 pieces shown in the figure to the front of the coup frame leaving a space that exactly fits the door
Step 7: See Plan Fig 6
These parts are constructed from marine ply
Finally add the lap board to the frame as shown.
You now have a coup frame.
All that is left is to add the doors to the frames using hinges.