Step 3: Add the Cross Braces for the Floor and Top

1. The floor of the coop will be half inch hardware cloth supported by braces.  I used five 1x4s cut to fit snugly within the side 2x4s.  These boards should be oriented vertically to keep the floor rigid.  I predrilled from outside the 2x4x into the ends of the 1x4s so that I could use deck screws to hold each board in place.  The first and last 1x4 can also be attached to the inside of the corner posts.  The other three should be spaced out evenly. 

2. Use 4 1x4s to connect the top 2x4s.  This will give the whole frame additional rigidity.  These will be laid flat across the top 2x4s. 

3.  Use a 2x4 down the middle of the top side of these 1x4s.  The 2x4 will be oriented vertically.  This will give minor slope to the roof.  The roof plywood sheets will be attached to this 2x4.

I like your design of chicken coop. I need one because some chicken coops are very expensive some $250
Thanks so much for this! I'm browsing for designs. Couple questions: I gather chickens share nests, if you only need 3 for 14 chickens? <br>Also, re portability - what do you think about having wheels on one end, and handles on the other, so you can move it wheelbarrow-style? Weight would be an issue, maybe, with that amount of wood. <br>Thanks again!
Thanks for the post. I've looked at a number of tractor designs, and yours is the best for my needs. I live on a plateu and get quite a bit of wind. The wieght of the coop keeps it stable, and keeps preditors out. Got one complete and working on two others, then the wife wants one for the rabbits. <br> <br>Keep up the posts! <br>
Being that axle cutting is labor intensive why not just leave in one piece and thread through and through? I did not read why you cut them up because I like scanning more than reading.
The allthread bar was only 36 inches long and would not be long enough. Even if it were 48 inches, it might have been a little too long or a little to short (probably too short). Cutting is labor intensive but it only took about 5-10 minutes per cut with a hack saw. Just keep reminding yourself what they had to do in the 'old days'. It's a small price to pay. Besides, I didn't have to spring for a second bar.
This is by far the best I have come across so far and very well explained. It could even be converted to keeping pet rabbits.<br><br>Thank you very much :)
Thank you.
If you don't need one this large, you can always scale it down.
this is great. thank u
The coop is so practical, i think i need one.

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