Chicken Coop

Wheels Hack

Building a Chicken Coop is an ambitious project, but it's also incredibly rewarding. This coop is a deluxe home for chickens with a footprint that's perfect for small or urban backyards.

Its modern, elemental architecture includes many features that keep chickens happy. The front opening offers ample pecking and walking room. The enclosed area provides shelter for roosting and laying. Ramp step spacing is designed to prevent even small breed chickens from sliding. There is a slide-out tray for easy chicken droppings cleanup.

Additional hooks can be mounted inside to hang food and water or outside to store brooms and scoops. The roof is hinged for easy access to lay fresh hay or check on eggs. Its overlapped design protects chickens from the rain.

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COST:

TIME: 10 Hrs

SKILL:

Chicken Coop

Materials

  • (15) 2 x 2 x 12' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (5) 2 x 4 x 12' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (2) 1 x 4 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (2) 1 x 2 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) 5⁄4 x 6 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) 15⁄32" x 4' x 8' plywood
  • (2) 19⁄32" x 4' x 8' T1-11 8" OC siding
  • (2) 26" x 8' PVC roof panel in white
  • (1) 14" x 10' aluminum flashing roll
  • (2) 24" x 50' hardware cloth roll with 1/2" squares
  • (2) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 10' galvanized steel roof edge flashing
  • (1) 4" galvanized handle
  • (1) 3" galvanized barrel lock
  • (2) 3" galvanized hinges
  • (1) 1/2 lb Box & Appropriate Bits
  • 1/2" washer-head metal screws
  • 1 1/4" gray & 1 1/4" wood screws
  • 1 5/8" wood screws
  • 2 1/2" wood screws
  • (1) 5 3/4" galvanized handle
  • (2) 4" galvanized hinges
  • (1pk) 18-gauge ½" staples
  • (2) 1/4" galvanized carriage bolts
  • (3) 1/4" galvanized washers and nuts
  • (1) Construction cement tube
  • Preferred wood finish

Cut List

  • A: (3) 2 x 4 x 30 5/8"
  • B*: (2) 2 x 4 x 84 1/8"
  • C*: (2) 2 x 2 x 41 1/2"
  • D*: (2) 2 x 4 x 21 3/8"
  • E: (2) 2 x 2 x 36 1/2"
  • F: (3) 2 x 4 x 33 1/2"
  • G*: (2) 2 x 2 x 32"
  • H*: (4) 2 x 4 x 11 3/8"
  • I *: (2) 2 x 2 x 58"
  • J*: (2) 2 x 2 x 37"
  • K: (8) 2 x 2 x 36 1/2"
  • L: (2) 2 x 2 x 23 3/4"
  • M*: (1) 2 x 2 x 36 1/8"
  • N*: (1) 2 x 2 x 32"
  • O*: (1) 2 x 2 x 24 3/8"
  • P*: (2) 2 x 4 x 16 3/4"
  • Q*: (2) 2 x 4 x 19 3/8"
  • R*: (2) 2 x 2 x 50 7/8"
  • S: (4) 2 x 2 x 33"
  • T*: (2) 2 x 2 x 23 1/8"
  • U*: (2) 2 x 2 x 45 3/8"
  • V: (9) 2 x 2 x 33 1/2"
  • W: (2) 2 x 2 x 19 3/8"
  • X: (3) 2 x 2 x 45"
  • AA: (4) 2 x 2 x 14 3/4"
  • EE: (2) 1 x 4 x 32 3/4"
  • FF: (2) 1 x 4 x 36 1/2"
  • JJ: (1) 2 x 4 x 39 1/2"
  • KK: (2) 2 x 2 x 38"
  • LL: (1) 2 x 2 x 29 1/2"
  • OO: (1) 2 x 2 x 11"
  • MM: (9) 1 x 2 x 11"
  • NN: (2) 5/4 x 6 x 2

Requires detail cuts.

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Permanent marker
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Carpenter framing
  • Caulk gun
  • Clamps (two at least 12" long)
  • Combination countersink bit (with 2" long 1/8" bit)
  • Damp rag to wipe up excess glue
  • Drill/driver
  • Scissors
  • Jig saw (or hand or circular saw)
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw
  • Pneumatic stapler
  • Radial sander
  • Table saw
  • Waterproof wood glue
  • Wire snips
  • 1/4" Drill bit

Wheels Hack

Chicken Coop Hack

Hack Materials

  • (2) 3 1/2" zinc-plated storage chest handles
  • (2) 10" x 2 3/4" wheel for hand trucks + corresponding washers, nuts and bolts that fit inner diameter of wheels

Hack Tools

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill/driver
  • Drill bit
  • Carpenter framing square
  • Metal cutting snips