4 x 4 Chicken House Plan

Introduction

This 4x4 chicken coop can house up to 6 chickens and is perfect for small or beginning farmers. It features convenient entry points for feeding, cleaning, and harvesting eggs or hatchlings. The gabled roof provides extra protection in harsh weather, and with approved heating and insulation, the coop can provide protection for your birds even through the toughest, coldest winters.

The design is stationary, and it has two access hatches to get to the nesting areas. It is of medium difficulty to construct, and the process may take several days to complete. Painting not only provides style and individuality to your coop, but it also helps to protect the wood and other parts from wear and degradation from both sun and rain.

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Materials you’ll need

  • Pressure-Treated Lumber
  • Plywood
  • Wooden Dowels
  • Corrugated roof panel
  • Wood siding boards
  • Metal roof ridge cap
  • Wire mesh
  • Corner Braces
  • Door hinge
  • Door Pull
  • Surface Bolt
  • Galvanized nails
  • Sheet metal screw with a neoprene washer
  • Wood screws

Step 1 – Assemble The Bottom Frame

1.1 Using 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated material, cut four studs and four rim joist and assemble using the illustrations below as a reference.

1.2 Use 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 1/2″ L-brackets and 1″ wood screws to secure the corners.

1.3 Make sure the corners are 90 degrees using a carpenter’s square or speed square.

4x4 chicken house bottom framing

Step 2 – Framing The Front And Back Walls

2.1 Using 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated material, cut four studs and attach them using the illustration below as a reference.

2.2 Secure the girts to the studs with 4×5″ wood screws.

4x4 chicken house side walls framing

Step 3 – Install Plywood For The Floor

3.1 Prepare the 9/16″ plywood for the floor sheathing according to the drawing. Cut the openings for studs.

3.2 Secure the plywood with 2″ wood screws.

4x4 chicken house plywood floor installation

Step 4 – Framing The Side Walls

4.1 Using 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated material, cut two girts and attach them using the illustration below as a reference.

4.2 Secure the girts to the studs with 4×5″ wood screws.

 

4x4 chicken house side walls framing

Step 5 – Adding Girts To The Front And Back Walls

5.1 Using 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated material, cut four girts and attach them using the illustration below as a reference.

5.2 Secure the girts to the studs with 4×5″ wood screws.

4x4 chicken house girts assembly

Step 6 – Nesting Box Assembly

It is necessary to make two boxes for the right and left walls.

6.1 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-degree slope needed for the roof of the nesting boxes.

6.2 Cover the top and bottom of the nesting boxes with 9/16″ plywood and secure with 2″ wood screws.

6.3 Prepare and install starter course from the pressure-treated lumber with cross section 1/4″ x 3/4″. Prepare the 1/2″ x 6″ wood siding boards in the required amount according to the drawing. Cut the shield’s top part according to the angle of rafter slope. Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails to the frame beams.

6.4 Prepare wall’s trims from the boards with a cross-section of 3/4″ x 1″; 3/4″ x 2 1/2″; 3/4″ x 3″. Cut the boards at the required angles along the siding contour for the framing.

6.5 Assemble the door frame using 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ material according to the illustration.

6.6 Install two 3″ door hinges using 6×1″ wood screws. Finish the door installation by attaching 4″ surface bolt and 6″ door pull.

6.7 Cover the roof of the nesting boxes with corrugated roof panels and secure with 1 1/2″ sheet metal screws and neoprene washers.

6.8 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.

4x4 chicken house nesting box assembly

Step 7 – Assemble The Roof Frame

7.1 Prepare 6 rafters with cross-section 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

7.2 Prepare 3 collar ties with cross-section 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.

7.3 Connect rafters and collar ties with the help of 2×4″ wood screws.

7.4 Install rafters with the help of corner braces and 3×1″ wood screws.

4x4 chicken house roof framing

Step 8 – Installing Plywood for the Roof

8.1 Cut 9/16″ plywood using the measurements in the drawing below to serve as the roof sheathing and secure with 2″ wood screws.
4x4 chicken house plywood roofing installation

Step 9 – Installing Corrugated Roofing

9.1 To cover the roof will need 30 sq. ft. of corrugated material.

9.2 Fasten the panels with 1 1/2″ sheet metal screw with neoprene washer.

9.3 Prepare and install metal roof ridge cap according to the drawing.

4x4 chicken house corrugated roofing installation

Step 10 – Window Installation

10.1 Assemble the frame of the pressure-treated lumber with a cross-section of 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, according to the drawing. Cut the beams to connect them to the center.

10.2 Prepare 1/4″ wire mesh for window according to the dimensions.

4x4 chicken house window installation

Step 11 – Install Coop Door

11.1 Assemble the frame from the pressure-treated lumber with cross section 3/4″ x 2 1/2 ” with 2×5″ wood screws according to the drawing. Prepare and install 9/16″ plywood sheet.

11.2 Install door trims from the pressure-treated lumber with cross section 1 1/2″ x 3/4″ with 2″ wood screws according to the drawing.

11.3 Prepare and install starter course from the pressure-treated lumber with cross section 1/4″ x 3/4″.

11.4 Prepare the 1/2″ x 6″ wood siding boards in the required amount according to the drawing.

11.5 Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails.

11.6 Prepare and install stairs from the pressure-treated lumber with cross section 3/4″ x 3/4″.

11.7 Install three 6″ door hinges using 2×1″ wood screws. Finish the door installation by attaching 4″ surface bolt and 6″ door pull.

4x4 chicken house door

Step 12 – 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.
4x4 chicken house

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