4 x 6 Chicken House Plan

Intorduction

If you're just getting into raising chickens, this plan gives you a good starting point. It's the right size for six chickens who will have plenty of warmth and security at night and easy access to the outdoors during the day. The shed has an access door for easy cleaning, a window that measures over two feet in length and width and a secure door just for the chickens. It sits on sits above the ground, which keeps the chickens dry and the shed itself easy to clean. Its footprint measures just four feet by six feet, which is small enough to heat easily during cold weather with a heat lamp. The roof is adequate for a solar panel to generate enough power to provide light and electricity for heat.

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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 mainframe

1.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct mainframe using the drawing below as a reference. You will need two boards cut to 6′ that will be the bottom plates, two boards cut to 6′-4 1/2″ that will be the front studs, two boards cut to 4′-10 1/2″ that will be the back side studs, two boards cut to 3′-5″ and two boards cut to 5′-5″ that will be the floor joists.

1.2 Connect the beams with 2×3″ and 2×5″ wood screws.

1.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
4x6 diy chicken house main frame assembly

Step 2 – Assemble the top beams

2.1 Assemble the beams using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber. You will need two boards cut to 3′-8 1/2″ and one board cut to 6′.

2.2 Connect 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°.
4x6 diy chicken house main frame top beams assembly

Step 3 – Assemble back wall frame

3.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct back wall frame using the drawing below as a reference. You will need three boards cut to 3′-4″ that will be the studs.

3.2 Connect the beams with 2×3″ and 2×5″ wood screws.

3.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
4x6 diy chicken house back wall frame

Step 4 – Assemble left wall frame

4.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct side wall frames using the drawing below as a reference. You will need two boards cut to 3′-2 1/2″ that will be the studs.

4.2 Connect the beams with 2×3″ and 2×5″ wood screws.

4.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
4x6 diy chicken house left wall frame

Step 5 – Assemble right wall frame

5.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct side wall frames using the drawing below as a reference. You will need two boards cut to 3′-2 1/2″ that will be the studs.

5.2 Connect the beams with 2×3″ and 2×5″ wood screws.

5.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
4x6 diy chicken house right wall frame

Step 6 – Assemble front wall frame

6.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct front wall frame using the drawing below as a reference. You will need two boards cut to 3′-6 1/2″ that will be the studs, two boards cut to 2′-10″ that will be the window header and rough sill and one board cut to 5′-5″ that will be bottom plate.

6.2 Connect the beams with 2×3″ and 2×5″ wood screws.

6.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
4x6 diy chicken house front wall frame

Step 7 – Assemble the roof frame

7.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, cut five rafters 4′-7 1/2″ long according to the dimensions in drawing below. Cut the recesses in each beam for splicing connection with wall frames.

7.2 Connect the beams with a top frame with the help of 3″ wood screws.
4x6 diy chicken house roof frame

Step 8 – Assemble and install right wall door

8.1 Build the door frame for the coop using 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ and 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″pressure-treated lumber and secure with 5″ wood screws. You will need two boards cut to 3′-1 1/2″ that will be the vertical girts, two boards cut to 1′-2 1/4″ that will be the horizontal girts and one board cut to 3′-1 1/4″ that will be a cross brace.

8.2 Use 1 1/2″ x 3/4″ pressure-treated lumber for the door trim and fasten with 2″ wood screws. You will need two boards cut to 3′-1 1/2″ and two boards cut to 1′-4 1/4″.

8.3 Using 1/4″ x 3/4″ pressure-treated lumber, cut and install a starter course 1′-4 1/4″ long.

8.4 For the exterior siding on the door, use 1/2″ x 6″ wood siding boards and the illustration below as a reference.

8.5 Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails.

8.6 Install three 3″ door hinges using 6×1″ wood screws. Finish the installation of the door by attaching 4″ surface bolts and 4″ door pulls.
4x6 diy chicken house door

Step 9 – Window installation for the front wall

9.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, assemble the outer frame for the window as shown in the drawing below. You will need two boards cut to 2′-7″ that will be the vertical girts and two boards cut to 2′-10″ that will be the horizontal girts.

9.2 Use 3/4 ” x 2 1/4 ” pressure-treated material to make the inner frame supports and secure with 3 ” wood screws. You will need two boards cut to 2′-7″ and mill a recess for interconnection.

9.3 Prepare and install glass into inner frame groove and fasten it by window beading from four sides. Use 1/2″ galvanized nails.
4x6 diy chicken house window

Step 10 – Assemble and install nesting box door

10.1 Build the door frames for the coop using 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber and secure with 4″ wood screws. You will need two boards cut to 6 3/4″ that will be the vertical girts, two boards cut to 5′-4 3/4″ that will be the horizontal girts.

10.2 Use 1 1/2″ x 3/4″ pressure-treated lumber for the door trim and fasten with 2″ wood screws. You will need two boards cut to 8 3/4″ and two boards cut to 5′-4 3/4″.

10.3 Using 1/4″ x 3/4″ pressure-treated lumber, cut and install a starter course 5′-1 3/4″ long.

10.4 For the exterior siding on the door, use 1/2″ x 6″ wood siding boards and the illustration below as a reference.

10.5 Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails.

10.6 Install two 3″ door hinges using 6×1″ wood screws. Finish the installation of the door by attaching 4″ surface bolts and 4″ door pull.
4x6 diy chicken house nesting box door

Step 11 – Roof sheathing installation

11.1 You will need 35 Sq Ft of asphalt shingle roofing.

11.2 Add the metal drip edge to the fascias.

11.3 Cover the plywood with building paper.

11.4 Install asphalt shingle roofing using an industrial stapler.
4x6 diy chicken house Roof sheathing installation

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.
4x6 diy chicken house

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