This is a plan for a large, 30x15 chicken coop that can house up to fifty birds. It is of some complexity to build and set on a permanent foundation. However, this design can really prepare your operation to be ready for any level of expansion. The size of the house and the total area can house even the largest flock. With two separate cage spaces, there is plenty of room for roaming. Meanwhile, the henhouse is walk-in with a full-sized door. This allows easy access to cleaning, feeding, egg collection, and hatchling harvest. With proper insulation and the installation of approved heating, this coop design can protect your chickens during even the harshest winter. The slanted roof design can keep your birds dry in even the heaviest rain storms with the use of corrugated boards and proper painting and maintenance.
The interior allows for lots of nests in a simple to access roosts. The dual aviary design helps you easily separate the birds, especially for thorough cleaning. With entry doors on both sides, both you and your chickens can enter the aviaries with ease. Access windows on the side of the henhouse allow for free flow of air during warmer months.
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 at least 1′ wide and 1′ 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.
Step 2 – Assemble The Side Walls Frames
2.1 It is necessary to prepare 2 bottom plates, 2 top plates and 4 studs for 2 frames.
2.2 Use 3 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ material to create the bottom plates.
2.3 Use 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ material for the studs and bottom plates.
2.4 Secure with 3 ” wood screws.
2.5 Secure beams with 3×3″ wood screws.
Step 3 – Framing The Floor
3.1 Provide 9 joists from the pressure-treated lumber with cross-section 1 1/2 x 7 1/4 inch and install them into the frame according to the drawing.
3.2 Secure the joists to the bottom frame with 3×5″ wood screws.
Step 4 – Assemble Side Wall Frames
4.1 It is necessary to prepare 2 frames.
4.2 Using 1 1/2 ” x 3 1/2 ” pressure-treated material, construct two wall frames using the drawing below as a reference.
4.3 Connect the beams with 2×4 ” wood screws.
Step 5 – Assemble Back Wall Frame
5.1 Using 1 1/2 ” x 3 1/2 ” pressure-treated material, construct the wall frame for the back of the coop using the drawing below as a reference.
4.2 Connect the beams with 2×4 ” wood screws.
Step 6 – Assemble Front Wall Frame
6.1 Using 1 1/2 ” x 3 1/2 ” pressure-treated material, construct the front wall frame using the drawing below as a reference.
6.2 Connect the beams with 2×4 ” wood screws.
6.3 Use 3/4 ” x 1 1/2 ” pressure-treated material to construct the framing for the door and use the drawing as a guide.
6.4 Use 2 ” wood screws for constructing the frame.
Step 7 – Assemble The Roof Frame
7.1 Prepare 14 rafters with cross-section 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch.
7.2 Prepare 5 collar ties with cross-section 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch.
7.3 Prepare the ridge board with cross-section 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch.
7.4 Connect the beams with 2×4 ” wood screws.
Step 8 – Assemble The Left Side Wall Siding With Window
Step 9 – Install Coop Door
9.1 Assemble the frame from the pressure-treated lumber with cross section 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 ” with 2×5″ wood screws according to the drawing. Prepare and install 9/16″ plywood sheet.
9.2 Install door trims from the pressure-treated lumber with cross section 2 1/2 x 3/4″ with 2″ wood screws according to the drawing.
9.3 Prepare and install starter course from the pressure-treated lumber with cross section 1/4 x 3/4 inch.
9.4 Prepare the 1/2 x 6″ wood siding boards in the required amount according to the drawing.
9.5 Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails.
9.6 Install three 6″ door hinges using 2×1″ wood screws. Finish the door installation by attaching 4″ surface bolt and 6″ door pull.
Step 10 – Installing Corrugated Roofing
10.1 To cover the roof will need 250 ft2 of the corrugated roof panel.
10.2 Fasten the panels with 1 1/2″ sheet metal screws with neoprene washer.
10.3 Prepare and install two metal roof ridge caps according to the drawing.
Step 11 – Aviary Front and Back Wall Stud Assembly
11.1 Prepare 4 studs with cross-section 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch.
11.2 Connect the studs to rafter supports with 4×3″ wood screws.
Step 12 – Aviary Door Assembly
12.1 Assemble the frame from the pressure-treated lumber with cross section 2 1/2 x 2 1/2″ with 2×5″ wood screws according to the drawing.
12.2 Prepare 1/4″ wire mesh in the required quantity and install it on the inner side of the frame with the help of industrial stapler.
12.3 Install three 6″ door hinges using 6×2″ wood screws. Finish the door installation by attaching 4″ surface bolt and 6″ door pull.
Step 13 – Aviary’s Mesh Wall Installation
13.1 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 14 – 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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