Free A Frame chicken coop plans designed by Ana White. This design is water tight at the top with fixed sides.
- 2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long (DO NOT CUT)
- 2 - 2x4 @ 104-5/8" - cut the 51" pieces from these boards
- 8 - 2x4 @ 8' or 8' stud length (cut everything else from these boards)
- 1 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long (prefer cedar or treated as it is rot resistant - this is the peak of the A Frame)
- 12 - 6' x 5-1/2" wide cedar fence pickets
- 2 - 4x8 sheets of 3/8" thick T1-11 siding or exterior plywood
- 2 sets of 3" exterior hinges
- 2 exterior gate locks (small) or hook and eye closure
- 25 foot bundle of 2 foot wide chicken wire
- 1/2" staples for attaching chicken wire to wood frame and staple gun
- 60 - 3" exterior self tapping construction screws like these
- 100 - 1" self tapping screws like these
2 - 2x4 @ 96" - base sides
2 - 2x4 @ 74" - base ends
6 - 2x4 @ 75-1/4" - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends ARE parallel
1 - 2x6 @ 96" - top
4 - 2x4 @ 51" - both ends are cut at 30 degrees off square, long point to long point, ends are NOT parallel
7 - cedar fence pickets @ 44" long - nesting box bottom
4 - 3/8" thick T1-11 wood siding @ 48" x 48" (cut each sheet in half)
Ends should be cut to fit for the best finish - see in plans
Cut boards with a compound miter saw (recommended) or circular saw using a guide as an alternative.
Cut T1-11 siding panels in half with a circular saw to create four panels each 48" x 48".
Build the frame for the chicken coop near it's final location on a flat, level surface. You can move the final coop - we designed it as lightweight as possible - if need be.
Use two 3" screws at each corner.
Take diagonal measurements as shown and make sure the measurements match. If not, push the longer diagonal corners together and check again for square.
Place the cedar fence pickets at 44" inside the coop. Screw down with 1" screws - one per end - don't go crazy here, you want these boards to be removeable if needed for cleaning.
Another option is to use scrap 2x4s inside the floor joists, parallel to the floor joist, right along side, and attach the cedar fence pickets to the scrap pieces but NOT the floor joists. Then you can remove the entire floor.
Cut the remaining cedar fence picket pieces to cover the ends but don't attach. Cut these a little smaller, so there is a gap on the ends so it is easy to open and close.
Cut four cedar fence pickets to 16" long.
Attach on top of the angled fence pickets to create the door.
Hinge in the opening with hinges.
Install the latch to secure.