6 x 12 Chicken Run Plan

Introduction

This chicken run combines an enclosed structure for the birds along with space for them to be outdoors without leaving the sheltered environment. It can provide enough walk-around and roosting space for 12 chickens. The coop is the perfect solution for hobbyists who need to restrict the range of their birds periodically, but don't want to deny them outdoor time.

The 12-foot roof guarantees enough room for solar panels to light and heat for the chicken coop. There's also room in the walls to run plumbing for fresh water and run wiring. The two doors are large enough for easy access to both the run and the coop for feeding and cleaning. A window in the coop provides light and air.

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Materials you’ll need

  • Concrete
  • Bricks
  • Pressure-Treated Lumber
  • Plywood
  • Wire mesh
  • Corrugated roof panel
  • Metal roof ridge cap
  • Wood siding boards
  • Wooden Dowel
  • Pressure-Treated Board
  • Corner Braces
  • Door hinges
  • Door Pulls
  • Surface Bolts
  • Galvanized nails
  • Sheet metal screw with a neoprene washer
  • Wood screws

Step 1 – Foundation Preparation

1.1 Clear the area where you want to build the shed 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 130 bricks for this step.
6x12 diy chicken run foundation preparation

Step 2 – Assemble the mainframe

2.1 Using 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 12′ that will be the top plates, five boards cut to 5′-5″ that will be the bottom plates, three boards cut to 5′-5″ that will be the top plates, two boards cut to 5′-8 1/2″ that will be the bottom plates and six boards cut to 6′-1 1/2″ that will be the studs.

2.2 Use 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 1/2″ corner braces and 8×1″ wood screws to secure the corners. Connect the beams with a 2×5″ wood screws.

2.3 Cut the recess for the chicken door in the inner bottom beam.

2.4 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
6x12 diy chicken run main frame

Step 3 – Assemble left wall frame

3.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct wall frame using the drawing below as a reference. You will need four boards cut to 6′-1 1/2″ that will be the studs, one board cut to 2′-8″ that will be the door header.

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

3.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
6x12 diy chicken run left wall framing

Step 4 – Assemble front wall frame

4.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct wall frame using the drawing below as a reference. You will need two boards cut to 4″ that will be the cripple studs, three boards cut to 2′- 8 1/2″ that will be the studs, two boards cut to 2′-10″ that will be the window header and rough sill and four boards cut to 6′-1 1/2″ that will be the studs.

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

4.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.

Step 5 – Assemble inner wall frame

5.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct wall frame using the drawing below as a reference. You will need four boards cut to 6′-1 1/2″ that will be the studs.

5.2 Connect 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°.
6x12 diy chicken run inner wall framing

Step 6 – Assemble back wall frame

6.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct wall frame using the drawing below as a reference. You will need three boards cut to 6′-1 1/2″ that will be the studs.

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

6.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
6x12 diy chicken run back wall framing

Step 7 – Framing the floor

7.1 Assemble the frame using 1 1/2″ x 3″ pressure-treated lumber. You will need six boards cut to 5′-5″ that will be the joist.

7.2 Secure the beams with 4×5″ wood screws.

7.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.

Step 8 – Assemble right wall frame

8.1 Using 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct wall frame using the drawing below as a reference. You will need two boards cut to 6′-1 1/2″ that will be the studs.

8.2 Connect the beams with 4×5″ wood screws.

8.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
6x12 diy chicken run right wall framing

Step 9 – Assemble the roof frame

9.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, cut eighteen rafters 4′-1 1/4″ long according to the dimensions.

9.2 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, cut six collar ties 4′ long according to the dimensions.

9.3 Using 3/4″ x 7 1/4″ pressure-treated board, cut the ridge board 12′ long according to the illustration below.

9.4 Connect the beams with 2×3″ wood screws.

Step 10 – Assemble and install coop’s door

10.1 Build the door frame for the coop using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber and secure with 5″ wood screws. You will need two boards cut to 5′- 4 3/4″ that will be the vertical girts, two boards cut to 2′-7 3/4″ that will be the horizontal girts, one board cut to 2′-3/4″ that will be middle girt and two boards cut to 3′-3 1/4″ that will be cross braces.

10.2 Use 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber for the door trims and fasten with 2″ wood screws. You will need two boards cut to 2′-2 3/4″ and two boards cut to 5′-11 3/4″.

10.3 Using 1/4″ x 3/4″ pressure-treated lumber, cut and install a starter course 2′-2 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 three 3″ door hinges using 6×1″ wood screws. Finish the installation of the door by attaching 4″ surface bolt and 6″ door pull.
6x12 diy chicken run door

Step 11 – Window installation for the front wall

11.1 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.

11.2 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.

11.3 Prepare and install glass into inner frame groove and fasten it by window beading from four sides. Use 1/2″ galvanized nails.
6x12 diy chicken run window

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 industrial stapler.
6x12 diy chicken run mesh wall installation

Step 13 – Roof sheathing installation

13.1 You will need 110 Sq Ft of asphalt shingle roofing.

13.2 Add the metal drip edge to the fascias.

13.3 Cover the plywood with building paper.

13.4 Install asphalt shingle roofing using an industrial stapler.
6x12 diy chicken run roof sheathing

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.

6x12 chicken run

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