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Chicken Coop Project

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How to build a Chicken Coop

Author: Les Kenny
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Page Contents
1: Preface & About the chicken coop
2: Wood sizes and measurements
3: The materials list
4: The flat plan
5: The front elevation plan
6: The side elevation plan
7: The nesting boxes and storage area plans
8: Making the floor and the wall frames
9: Making the nests and the roof frame you are on this page
10: Fixing the wall cladding (siding)
11: Fixing the roof boards and battens
12: Door, hatchway, and windows
13: The perch, the mesh and ventilation
14: Photos - other peoples handiwork
15: User Photos/Comments

chicken coop nests Step three: The nests and the roof beam

Make up the nesting boxes/storage area combination unit, as shown in the plans ('the nest' on page seven).

Note that the storage area door is not shown in the plan and it can be added later.

Insert the nesting boxes/storage area combination unit, between the two pieces of 2" x 4" (100mm x 50mm) horizontal members in the rear wall, and fix in place.

Next, fix two 2" x 4" (100mm x 50mm) uprights, one on top of the front wall frame and one on top of the rear wall frame. The two uprights, which are 10 3/4" (270mm) long, are the roof beam supports.

Fasten the 2" x 4" (100mm x 50mm) roof beam on top of the two roof beam supports.

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chicken coop roof frame Step four: The roof frame

Cut the roof rafters from 2" x 4" (100mm x 50mm) stock to the dimensions as shown in the plans ('front elevation' on page five). There will be 12 altogether, six each side of the roof.

Fix the rafters to the beam. The placement of the rafters is shown in the plans ('looking down view' on page four).

Note that there is a double rafter at each end of the roof. This is so the inside top of both front and rear walls can be lined, thus eliminating any high ledges that could be a problem to the chickens.