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Step By Step Instructions On How To Build A 8'x15' Medium Sized Chicken Tractor

Whether you are an urban farmer or simply someone who loves fresh eggs, raising your own chickens can be a great way to reduce environmental impact while ensuring that the animals you raise are both treated well and fed properly. Building your own coop is a great way to go, as you can control the construction quality and save money, especially if you are a good carpenter and enjoy the challenge.

This design is one of the best and most convenient. It looks attractive in a yard, and it is easily accessed by both you and your chickens. The simple directions are easy to follow and take you through the entire process step by step. The illustrations are clear, and even the most basic of carpenters can produce a lovely, practical coop. This lean-to style, fully-enclosed chicken run is approximately 8 feet by 15 feet in dimension, and it can house up to 8 chickens. It is stationary, and it will take about 4 to 5 days to build, depending on your skill level.

The instructions include a materials list and easy to follow directions. If you are the kind of person committed to raising your own chickens and eggs, then you are probably willing to take on construction of your own coop. This is the plan to look at first because of its practicality, simplicity, and affordability.

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Material list

  • Pine timber
  • Mounting angles
  • Self-tapping screws
  • Pine board
  • Plywood
  • Pine sticks
  • Wire mesh
  • Roofing profiled sheeting
  • Roof metal painted gamble
  • Hangers
  • Threaded stud
  • Washer
  • Mounting plates
  • Siding board
  • Galvanized nails
  • Hinges
  • Handles
  • Lock
  • Wheelbase
  • Trilateral mounting bracket
  • Double-side mounting bracket
  • Nut
  • Bent washer

Step 1 – Assemble The Bottom Frame

Assemble the frame from the beams with cross-section 3 x 3 inch.

Connect the outer frame by means of of 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ mounting brackets and screws.

Install the middle bar with 5″ self-tapping screws.

Clarify that all diagonals are equal.

Assemble the bottom frame

Step 2 – Framing The Coop’s Walls

Install the support pillars of the 6′ 4″ ft beam with a cross-section of 3 x 3 inches according to the drawing.

Secure two support pillars to the bottom frame by means of of 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ mounting brackets and 5″ screws other two – with only 5″ screws.

Framing the coop's walls

Step 3 – Framing The Aviary’s Walls

Install the support pillars of the 3′ ft beam with a cross-section of 3 x 3 inches according to the drawing.

Secure four support pillars to the bottom frame by means of 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ mounting brackets and 5″ screws other four – with only 5″ screws.

Framing the aviary's walls

Step 4 – Framing The Aviary’s Roof

Install the frame beams with a cross-section of 3 x 3 and 2 x 2 inches according to the drawing.

Round the ends and drill out the concentric holes of the long bars to install the handle. Manufacture of circular cross section handle 3′ 8″ feet long.

Assemble the frame with 5″ self-tapping screws.

Framing the aviary's roof

Step 5 – Assemble The Roof Rafters

Assemble the 3 rafters of the beams with a cross-section of 2 x 3 inches: cut the beams ends according to the drawing. Connect them with mounting plates and 2″ self-tapping screws.

Assemble the roof rafters

Step 6 – Assemble And Installation Of Roof Rafters

Fasten the outer rafters with 1 1/2″ x 2″ x 1 1/2″ mounting angle to the top frame, other rafters – with hangers. Use for this 2″ self-tapping screws.

Assemble and installation of roof rafters

Step 7 – Right Side Wall Installation

Prepare the 5 3/8 inch wide siding board for right wall sheathing in the required amount according to the drawing. Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails to the fraim beams.

Prepare wire mesh for window according to the dimensions.

Provide the window frame from the beams with a cross section 2 x 1 inch.

Make the inner frame from the beams with a cross section 1 x 1 inch, to connect them together, make a cut in 1/2 depth according to the drawing. Use for this 2″ self-tapping screws.

Prepare window’s jambs from the beam with a cross-section of 3 x 1/2 inches.

Cut the ends by 45 degrees for connecting them into the frame. Use for this 2″ galvanized nails.

Provide the wall jambs from the beams with cross section 3 x 1/2 inch and install them by 3 sides of the wall with the help of 2″ galvanized nails.

Right side wall installation

Step 8 – Hatching Eggs Case Assemble

It is necessary to make two pieces for the right and left wall.

Assemble the frame of a beams with a cross section of 2 x 2 inches, according to the drawing. The upper plane has a slope of 9 degrees.

Cover the frame with 1/2 plywood from top and bottom sides with help of 2 1/2″ self-tapping screws. Make partitions of plywood 1/2 inch thick and fasten them to the frame.

Prepare the 5 3/8 inch wide siding board for side walls sheathing 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.

Prepare wall’s jambs from the beam with a cross-section of 3 x 1/2 inches. Cut the boards at the required angles along the siding contour for the framing.

Assemble front door: frame from the beams with cross section 2 inches, siding shield from 5 3/8 inch wide siding board and jamb frame from the 3 x 1/2 inch boards. Install the handle and hinges and lock and assemble all part together.

Cover the top plane with corrugated metal sheet.

Hatching eggs case assemble

Step 9 – Left Side Wall Installation

Prepare the 5 3/8 inch wide siding board for right wall sheathing in the required amount according to the drawing. Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails to the frame beams.

Prepare wire mesh for window according to the dimensions.

Provide the window frame from the beams with a cross section 2 x 1 inch. Make the inner frame from the beams with a cross section 1 x 1 inch, to connect them together, make a cut in 1/2 depth according to the drawing. Use for this 2″ self-tapping screws.

Prepare window’s jambs from the beam with a cross-section of 3 x 1/2 inches. Cut the ends by 45 degrees for connecting them into the frame. Use for this 2″ galvanized nails.

Provide the wall jambs from the beams with cross section 3 x 1/2 inch and install them by 3 sides of the wall with the help of 2″ galvanized nails.

Left side wall installation

Step 10 – Back Side Wall Assemble

Prepare the 5 3/8 inch wide siding board for right wall sheathing in the required amount according to the drawing.

Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails to the frame beams.

Provide the wall jambs from the beams with cross section 3 x 1/2 inch and install them by 3 sides of the wall with the help of 2″ galvanized nails.

Back side wall assemble

Step 11 – Corrugated Boards Installation

To cover the roof will need 2 sheets of corrugated boards 3′ 2″ wide and 5′ 3″ height.

Fasten the boards with 1 1/2″ self-tapping screws with wide head and rubber gaskets specified for corrugated metal boards.

After finishing boards installation, put the roof gamble on the top and fasten with 1 1/2″ self-tapping screws with wide head.

Corrugated boards installation

Step 12 – Front Door Installation

It is necessary to make two pieces for the right and left wall.

Assemble the frame from the beams with cross section 2 x 2″ with 4″ self-tapping screws according to the drawing.

Prepare the 5 3/8 inch wide siding board for door sheathing in the required amount according to the drawing. Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails to the frame beams.

Install door jambs from the beams with cross section 3 x 1/2″ according to the drawing.

Install the door assemblies to the frame with the help of two hinges for each door. Put the locks and handles on the both doors.

Front door installation

Step 13 – Aviary’s Wire Mesh Installation

Prepare wire mesh sheets according to the drawing. To cover all the square will need 13 m² of wire mesh.

Fasten the mesh with an industrial stapler.

Aviary's wire mesh installation

Step 14 – Wheels Installation

Drill a hole for 1/2 inch stud in the trilateral mounting bracket and double-side mounting bracket on a height of 4″.

Place the mounting bracket on the frame and drill a hole in the bar for the stud. Insert and secure the stud in the hole in the frame.

Assemble the wheel according to the scheme.

Wheels installation

Final Touches

Don’t forget to choose the desirable paint for your mood and the colors of your yard. Decorate your chicken coop by giving it unique and stylish look.


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