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Chicken Coop Project

chicken coop

How to build a Chicken Coop

Author: Les Kenny
Page Contents
1: Preface & About the chicken coop you are on this page
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
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

The Ultimate Chicken Coop

I originally designed 'The Ultimate Chicken Coop' for a monthly magazine called the 'New Zealand Lifestyle Block' - a practical small farm guide..
The plans and step-by-step instructions were first published in the magazine - issue 13, on June 2005 (subject to me retaining all rights).
Subsequently I published them in my (this) website as a free article (this article) and also in a printable PDF version as a $5 buy plan (free of ads and in clean copy).
Over time there has been a few minor modifications made to the article. There is a bit of copyright information at the bottom of the page.

chicken coop Measurements
All measurements throughout this project are given in both Standard/Imperial inches and Metric (mm).
The measurements are given first in inches followed by millimetres in brackets (mm).
Example: 2" x 4" (100mm x 50mm).
For more information on wood sizes and measurements go to 'Wood sizes and measurement' on page two.

Seek local knowledge
These plans and information are for the most part general. Before using them, it would be advisable to do a bit of your own research. Where necessary you may need to make changes to suit the local environment. The best type of information and knowledge available is local knowledge. Check with your local authority to see what may or may not be required from their point of view, including any animal welfare obligations.

The chickens mansion
A chicken coop is a place of shelter, a safe retreat for chickens and a place where the hens can lay their eggs. A chicken coop is accompanied by a run, which is the chickens' outside area. The scope of the run can vary greatly depending on local conditions, the type of predator (wild or domestic) that might be lurking around seeking a free chicken meal and anything else that could be a threat to the well-being of the chicken. These factors will also determine whether the chicken can be free-ranging or confined to a fenced or fully enclosed type of holding pen.

This chicken coop should comfortably house at least eight chickens and generously allows for:
bullet 4.5 sq ft (0.4 sq m) of space per chicken
bullet 3 nests shared between 8 chickens
bullet 9" (225mm)of perch length for each chicken

The design also allows for:
a bit of a storage area, chicken hatchway (i.e. entrance hole), ample ventilation, ample light and a door that opens inwards and is big enough to enable easy access and cleaning of the chicken coop.

The floor is designed to take "deep litter" which is at least a 3" (75mm) covering of wood shavings or similar.

NOTE: There is no design or allowance for any feeder system, water container or supply system. Although some people make their own, most people find it easier to purchase a feeder system /water container from the appropriate store.

A little bit of copyright information
These plans (in fact, the whole article) are copyright protected.
You may print or make copy of any part (or all) of this article including the plans for your personal use but you may not re-distribute or publish them (this content) in any form. What you do with the chicken coop you make from these plans is your business. It is the article and plans that are copyright protected, not the structure (chicken coop) that you make from the plans. If you see these plans on any other website, they should not be there, please let me know.
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