A Frame Chicken Coop

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About Project

How to build A Frame Chicken Coop! Free plans from Ana-White.com! DIY for less than $100!

Scramble made it up the ladder yesterday.

Our girls - French Toast, Sunny, Easy and we hope Scramble is indeed a lady too - have been enjoying this simple, easy to make and portable A Frame style chicken coop for about a month now.

They had outgrown their brooding cabinet and with us living in Alaska with hawks and eagles preying in our backyards, free range is not an option.  

So in between building that fully insulated dream coop - hopefully later this summer - we needed a fast, easy, economical solution.  Something affordable but very useful and functional.

I especially loved the idea of having a portable coop - one that we could move around the yard to fertilize different areas.  After much research, an A Frame Chicken coop was the best solution.

The Ram and I built this coop in a matter of a few hours.  We spent less than $100 on the coop in total and are very pleased with the outcome.  

But I have resisted posting this plan because I felt it had one major design flaw.  

Our chickens could not get up the ladder into the enclosed part.  So every night, we would have to catch the chickens and put them upstairs with a light bulb - and for cold nights, I threw an old blanket over the top of the coop.

Yesterday was a big day for the chickens.

Scamble made it up the ladder.

And I am so excited to share with you this plan.  I know it's not the ultimate coop.  It's not super fancy or beautiful.  But it DOES allow someone on a small budget with limited DIY tools/experience to have chickens in their backyards within a few hours.  And I'm all about that!

Dimensions are shown above. Suitable for 2-4 Chickens.


Shopping List

14 - 2x4s, 8 feet long
1 - sheet 3/4" t1-11
6 total T-Strap hinges
30 feet of 30" wide chicken wire (I used 36" because I couldn't find 30" locally)
2 3/4" exterior screws
1/2" exterior staples for chicken wire
scrap plywood piece for floor of upstairs coop and ladder
Optional 1x2s for trim out if desired

Cut List

6 - 2x4 @ 64" (LP measurement, top end cut at 60 degrees off square, bottom end cut at 30 degrees off square)
6 - 2x4 @ 96"
2 - 2x4 @ 64" (LP measurement, both ends cut at 30 degrees off square)
5 - 2x4 @ 32" (LP measurement, both ends cut at 30 degrees off square)
4 - pieces t1-11 siding cut into 24" x 48" pieces
Optional 1x2 trim

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Staple Gun
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Cutting the top angle is going to be a pain - I know - if your miter saw does not cut 60 degree angles. What you will need to do is mark the angles with your square and then cut with a circular saw. Remember, it's 60 degrees off square.

Once you have your rafters cut, then you can simply attach the side support boards. NOTE: I left a 24 1/2" gap for 24" wide t1-11 - you may wish to leave a slightly wider gap for easier access to the upstairs coop - or you can cut your plywood down to fit.

Another trick here is to cover the bottom with chicken wire. These things are always easier done now rather than when you are inside the coop :)

Step 2

Once you have the two walls built, just attach at base with base supports. Then attach tops with countersunk screws.

Step 3

Thes are really going to add a ton of strength to the coop! And make a floor for the upstairs room. Attach from outside with the 2 3/4" exterior screws.

Step 4

Now add the doors. For mine, we used two full doors, but a better idea would be to split the doors into two so accessing the different sections is easier.

NOTE: We trimmed out the doors in 1x3s for added strength and because the hinges we had required it.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:21

Anniejw17-- I recently moved to Northwest Atlanta and was wondering if you'd found a good chicken supplier? I'm still trying to get things ready for my chicks, and would LOVE more info. on this particular area. Also, would love to see pics. of the coop!