This plan shows you how to build a 10 foot by 8 foot hen house that is capable of housing up to thirty chickens. It is a stationary structure, complete with nesting areas, windows, and doors for both the birds and for you to clean, feed and collect eggs or hatchlings. It has a sturdy, permanent foundation, and the gabled roof provides great weather protection. With good insulation, this design can keep your chickens safe even in the worst of weather. Wintering over in this fully constructed hen house provides the most protection for your flock.
This is a house for those really committed to their chicken operation or for farmers looking to upgrade to a more permanent structure. It is of medium complexity to build, and it comes with a complete set of instructions that take you through every step of the process. The hen house will take up to a week to build, and if you plan on allowing your birds to roam, you may want to add fencing and with gate for your entry.
Materials you’ll need
Step 1 – Foundation Preparation
1.1 Clear and align the ground according to the dimensions in the drawing.
1.2 For the foundation, dig the trenches.
1.3 Fill the trenches to ground level with concrete and let cure, or harden. Since curing times vary between brands, read the packaging for recommended curing times.
1.4 Once the concrete has cured, use standard-sized bricks and lay them across the foundation.
Step 2 – Framing The Floor
2.1 Assemble the frame using 1 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ pressure-treated material. You will need two boards cut to 10′ that will be the rim joist and two boards cut to 7′-9″ that will be the joists.
2.2 Using 1 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ pressure-treated material, cut 7 joists and install them as shown in the illustration.
2.3 Secure the beams with 3×5″ wood screws. Fasten the joists to the skids with 8×3″ wood screws.
2.4 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90 degrees.
Step 3 – Install Plywood For The Floor
3.1 Prepare the 9/16″ plywood for the floor sheathing according to the drawing.
3.2 Secure the plywood with 2″ wood screws.
Step 4 – Assemble Left Wall Frame
4.1 For this step, you will need pressure-treated materials with the following dimensions: 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. Be sure to reference the illustrations below for placement of each size.
4.2 Insert 1/2″ plywood between the inner and outer window header.
4.3 Connect the beams with 2×4″ wood screws.
4.4 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90 degrees.
Step 5 – Assemble Right Wall Frame
5.1 For this step, you will need pressure-treated materials with the following dimensions: 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.
5.2 Insert 1/2″ plywood between the inner and outer window header.
5.3 Connect the beams with 2×4″ wood screws.
5.4 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90 degrees.
Step 6 – Assemble Back Wall Frame
6.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated material, construct back wall frame using the drawing below as a reference.
6.2 Connect the beams with 2×4″ wood screws.
6.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90 degrees.
Step 7 – Assemble Front Wall Frame
7.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ pressure-treated material, construct front wall frame using the drawing below as a reference.
7.2 Insert 1/2″ plywood between the inner and outer door header.
7.3 Connect the beams with 2×4″ wood screws.
7.4 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90 degrees.
Step 8 – Assemble The Roof Frame
8.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ material, cut 14 rafters according to the dimensions.
8.2 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ material, cut five collar ties according to the dimensions.
8.3 Using 3/4″ x 7 1/4″ material, cut the ridge board according to the illustration below.
8.4 Connect the beams with 2×3″ wood screws.
Step 9 – Install Plywood For The Roof
9.1 Cut sheets of 9/16″ plywood for sheathing the roof using the drawing below as a guide.
9.2 Secure the plywood with 2″ wood screws.
Step 10 – Window Installation for Side Walls
It is necessary to prepare 4 windows.
10.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ pressure-treated material, cut the outer frame for the window as shown in the drawing below. Additionally, add vertical and horizontal supports using 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ material and cut the recesses for the window hinges.
10.2 Prepare 1/4″ wire mesh for window according to the dimensions.
10.3 Use 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ pressure-treated material to make the inner frame and secure with 3″ wood screws. Mill a recess for the glass panes and for the hinges.
10.4 Prepare and install glass into inner frame groove and fasten it by window beading from four sides. Use for this 1/2″ galvanized nails.
10.5 Install hinges (4″) with 3×1″ wood screws and assemble the window.
Step 11 – Assemble and Install Coop Door
11.1 Assemble the door frame using 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ pressure-treated material. Use the illustration below as a reference.
11.2 Use 1 1/2″ x 3/4″ pressure-treated material for the door trim and secure with 2″ wood screws.
11.3 Prepare and install starter course from the pressure-treated lumber with cross section 1/4″ x 3/4″.
11.4 Install the exterior siding of the door using 1/2″ x 6″ siding boards in accordance with the illustration below.
11.5 Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails.
11.6 Install three 3″ door hinges using 2×1″ wood screws. Finish the door installation by attaching 4″ surface bolt and 6″ door pull.
Step 12 – Installing Corrugated Roofing
12.1 You will need 120 Sq Ft of corrugated roofing to cover the roof.
12.2 Fasten the panels with 1 1/2″ sheet metal screw with neoprene washer.
12.3 Prepare and install metal roof ridge cap according to the drawing.
Step 13 – Decorate the Coop
Don’t forget to choose the desirable paint for your mood and the colors of your yard. Decorate your chicken coop by giving it a unique and stylish look.
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