Chicken coop plans

Before you start

You are viewing the imperial (feet, inches) version of this plan, original measurements have been converted to feet and inches with 1/32'' precision. See also Chicken coop plans: Metric (millimetres/centimetres).

This chicken coop has an attached run.

This chicken coop can be moved around your lawn to give your hens fresh grass and stop them doing permanent damage by eating and scratching up one spot too much. This is a compact design, ideal for urban backyards. The way the enclosed house is elevated of the ground creates extra room in the cage and will help deter pests from entering the house.

This sort of design is sometimes called a chicken tractor, because of the way it can be moved around. Many people don't have the space for free-range hens. Keeping them in an enclosure like this means they are still able to eat grass, shoots, bugs and other "wild" foods. They will also be able to scratch around on fresh ground every time you move the cage.

Use our list of materials to get organised before you start, as this will help you avoid lots of trips to the hardware store.

Tip: When ordering timber, get the longest lengths possible. For example, getting two 5m lengths will result in less wastage (because of off cuts) than getting five 2m lengths. Of course it often depends on what you can fit on your car or trailer.

Tools

You can do most of the work for this coop with just a hand saw and a hammer, but to make things easier you should have these tools at hand:

  • Hammer
  • Skill saw that can be set for angled cuts
  • Jigsaw
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil for marking cuts
  • Large ruler

Materials

Note: The suggested quantities of timber and plywood allow up to 5% for wastage and off cuts.

  • 95 feet of 2'' by 2'' dressed timber*
  • 44 feet of 2'' by 1'' dressed timber*
  • About 5 1/2 square feet of plywood (depending on actual wastage from off cuts) at least 5/16'' thick
  • Six medium-sized galvanized hinges
  • One swing-down style latch (optional, for nest box lid)
  • Two small gate latches
  • One roll of 1'' wire mesh
  • 3'' galvanized jolt head nails
  • 1 1/2'' galvanized jolt head nails
  • Galvanized or stainless steel staples
  • Construction adhesive
  • 1 3/16'' self-tapping screws

*Dressed timber will be about 3/16'' smaller than stated dimensions when dressed as some of the surface is removed in the process. If you use rough sawn timber, small adjustments to some measurements will be needed.