This 17x6 lean-to style chicken coop is easy to construct for any urban farm, backyard hatchery, or large-scale producer. It is a stationery design, with roosting areas as well as over 100 square feet of space for roaming. Easily accessed doors allow the coop to be opened for yard strolls and feeding, while a protected area allows for nesting and egg laying. Another access door allows you to retrieve eggs simply. The attached run provides full protection from predators, and the doors on the attached nest boxes allow the chickens to move freely into the run.
The design is perfect for expansion, as multiple runs can be built next to each other within the same fenced area or yard. The windows allow for plenty of fresh air, yet the design still allows for warmth and protection during the harsh weather. When properly constructed and insulated, it can safeguard your animals from both weather and hunters, including their hatchlings. When finished, it can house up to 12 chickens. It would take about four to five days to construct, and it is about a medium complexity to build.
Materials you’ll need
Step 1 – Site Preparation
1.1 Clear the area where you want to build the coop and layout for the foundation. Use the below illustration as a guide.
1.2 For the foundation, dig the trenches at least 1 foot wide and 1 foot deep.
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. You will need roughly 115 bricks for this step.
Step 2 – Framing The Floor
2.1 Assemble the frame using 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated material. You will need two boards cut to 15′ that will be the rim joists and three boards cut to 5′-5″ that will be the joists.
2.2 Secure the beams with 2×5″ wood screws.
2.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
Step 3 – Assemble The Wall Studs
3.1 Using 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated material, cut 10 studs and assemble using the illustrations below as a reference.
3.2 Use 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 1/2″ corner braces and 8×1″ wood screws to secure the corners.
3.3 Make sure the corners are 90° using a carpenter’s square or speed square.
Step 4 – Framing The Top Frame
4.1 Assemble the frame using 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated material. You will need two boards cut to 14′-5 3/4″‘ and two boards cut to 2’-10 1/2″.
4.2 Secure the beams with 2×5″ wood screws to each stud.
4.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
Step 5 – Framing The Roof
5.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated material, cut 15 joists 5′-5″ long and assemble using the illustrations below as a reference.
5.2 Secure the beams with 2×5″ wood screws.
5.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
Step 6 – Install Plywood For The Floor
6.1 Prepare the 9/16″ plywood for the floor sheathing according to the drawing. Cut the openings for studs and chicken door.
6.2 Secure the plywood with 2″ wood screws.
Step 7 – Framing The Right Wall
7.1 Using 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated material, cut two joists and attach them using the illustration below as a reference.
7.2 Secure the girts with 4×5″ wood screws.
Step 8 – Framing The Back Wall
8.1 Using 1 1/2 â€œ x 3 1/2 â€œ pressure-treated material, cut two studs and attach them using the illustration below as a reference.
8.2 Secure the girts with 4×5″ wood screws.
Step 9 – Framing The Left Wall
9.1 Using 3 1/2 â€œ x 3 1/2 â€œ pressure-treated material, cut one girt and one cross brace attach it using the illustration below as a reference.
9.2 Secure the beams with 4×5″ wood screws.
Step 10 – Left Wall Nesting Box Assemble
10.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ material, assemble the frame for the nesting boxes using the illustration below as a guide. Make sure to take note of the 9° slope needed for the roof of the nesting boxes.
10.2 Cover the frame of the nesting box with 9/16″ plywood and secure with 2″ wood screws.
10.3 Assemble the door frame using 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ material according to the illustration and cover the frame with 9/16″ plywood and secure with 2″ wood screws.
10.4 Install four 3″ door hinges using 6×1″ wood screws. Finish the door installation by attaching 4″ surface bolts and 6″ door pull.
10.5 Install nest box assembles with the help of two corner braces and 8×1″ wood screws. Connect the box frame and coop’s frame by 5″ wood screws.
Step 11 – Installing Corrugated Roofing
11.1 You will need 150 Sq. Ft. of corrugated roofing panels to cover your coop.
11.2 Fasten the panels with 1 1/2″ sheet metal screw with neoprene washer.
11.3 Prepare and install metal roof ridge cap according to the drawing.
Step 12 – Aviary’s Mesh Wall Installation
12.1 Prepare 1/4″ wire mesh in the required quantity and install it on the inner side of the frames with the help of an industrial stapler.
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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