Small Chicken Coop with Planter, Clean Out Tray and Nesting Box

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:30
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Free plans for small chicken coop with clean out tray and nesting box.  Step by step tutorial by ANA-WHITE.com

Hi guys!  So thrilled to share with you today a brand new plan!

My friend Gina from Lady Goats emailed me a while back about collaborating on a new chicken coop plan.  We've got a couple of coop plans on the site, but she specifically needed something compact and cute, with all the functionality of a full size coop.

Drawing inspiration from this coop, Gina and I worked together to create a plan that not only had all the features and cuteness, but is easy to build and will last.

I love how this little coop turned out!  It is too cute, but has tons of functionality too!

- 25 square foot run

- Planter Box

- Nesting Box with Door

- Clean out tray

- Built in Roosts

- Easy clean out doors

- And lots and lots of charm

I'm sharing the full plans for this chicken coop absolutely free below (if this is the homepage, click READ MORE below), but before you grab the plans, please take a second to read through Gina from Lady Goats' build post with lots more photos and details.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS AND BUILD DETAILS AT LADYGOATS.COM

 

Thanks so much for using my plans and being part of our site.

XO Ana

 

 

 

Dimensions

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 2 – 4x4 @ 6 feet long (cedar or treated)
  • 2 – 2x4 @ 10 feet long (cedar or treated)
  • 2 – 2x8 @ 10 feet long (cedar or treated)
  • 1 – 2x8 @ 8 feet long (cedar or treated)
  • 2 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long (cedar or treated for base doors)
  • 7 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long (inside coop so does not have to be treated or cedar)
  • 2 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 2 – sheets ¾” plywood, exterior grade
  • 1x3s or cedar fence pickets ripped to 2-1/2” and 1-1/2” width for siding and trim
  • 1 sheet of ½” plywood, exterior grade (for coop bottom)
  • 20’ of 24” wide chicken wire and staples
  • 5 sets of exterior hinges
  • Latches
  • 80” x 36” of roofing – pieces are cut to match roof plywood
Cut List

BASE

  • 4 – 4x4 @ 33-1/2” (legs)
  • 2 – 2x8 @ 58-1/2”
  • 2 – 2x4 @ 58-1/2”
  • 2 – 2x8 @ 59-1/2”
  • 2 – 2x4 @ 59-1/2”
  • 1 – 2x8 @ 56-1/2”
  • 1 – 2x4 @ 33-1/2” (divider between doors)
  • 8 – 2x4 @ 22” (doors)
  • 5 – 2x4 @ 33” (floor supports)

 

COOP

  • 2 – ¾” plywood @ 48” x 59-1/2” (sides)
  • 2 – 2x4 @ 33”
  • 3 – 2x4 @ 30”
  • 2 – 2x4 @ 43-1/2”
  • 4 – 2x4 @ 29-5/8” long point to long point, 45 degrees angles, ends not parallel
  • Trim pieces are cut to fit
  • 2 – ¾” plywood @ 36” x 31-3/4” – larger roof
  • 1 – ¾” plywood @ 36” x 16” – smaller roof
  • 1 – 2/3” plywood @ 36” x 7-5/8” (small wall)
  • 1 – ¾” plywood @ 32-1/2” x 12” – nesting box door
  • Clean out doors are 16-1/4” x 23-3/4” – measure and cut to fit

 

CLEAN OUT TRAY

  • 2 – 1x3 @ 46-1/2”
  • 2 – 1x3 @ 32-1/2”
  • 1 – ½” plywood @ 48” x 32-1/2”

 

PLANTER BOX

  • 1 – 2x2 @ 49-1/2”
  • 1 – 2x2 @ 56-1/2”
  • Scrap wood for planter bottom
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Jigsaw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Staple Gun
Level

Instructions

Step 1

Attach 2x4 and 2x8 pieces to the 4x4 legs with 3" or longer self tapping deck screws.  Measure diagonally from both corners to check for square, adjusting for square.  Repeat to build the second side.

Step 2

Attach remaining side pieces to complete the run framing.  Adjust for square.

Step 3

Attach center 2x8 and door support with the 3" decking screws.  NOTE: Door support is 33-1/2" long.

Step 4

Staple chicken wire to inside, wrapping around legs on outside.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach Floor support boards to decking, using the 3" screws.

Step 7

Mark and cut out from 3/4" plywood the side panels using a jigsaw.  Conserve plywood for roofing panels by carefully cutting out side pieces to minimize waste,  

Step 8

Attach side panels to the floor supports.

Step 9

Build the upper floor framing section on the ground using 3" screws.  Then attach inside coop at top.  Also attach nesting box piece.  2" screws through the 3/4" plywood into the 2x4s.

Step 10

Add the remaining roof framing supports with 2" screws to complete the framing.

Step 11

Use galvanized staples or brad nails to add decorative trim to outsides, or 1-1/4" exterior screws.  

Step 12

Use the 3/4" plywood scraps to cover roof areas.  Attach with 2" screws to the 2x4 framing.  Add roofing on top.

Step 13

Hinge nesting box door in opeing and use latch to secure.

Step 14

Use 3/4" plywood to build doors to fit the openings.  Attach with hinges and latch.

Step 15

Attach 2x2 cleats inside planter box to 2x8 sides at bottoms with 3" screws.  Place any scrap 3/4" material inside and screw down with 2" screws.  Add landscaping fabric or other waterproof material to line planter box, with proper drainage holes, stapling to sides.  Fill with soil.

Step 16

Cut the clean out tray hole to fit the chicken coop, between the floor supports.  Add sides and attach with 2" screws.  

Step 17

Place clean out tray inside coop.

Comments

NickyP70

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:48

Would you consider not having the floor in the coop but replace it with wire mesh instead so dropping can fall through?

nalbuque

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 09:29

Hello. Between steps 4 and 5, how do you attach the wood pieces that make the doors? Glue? Is the hardware cloth alone supposed to hold them together?

TRyan

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 14:14

You're right, they don't explain that. However, I'd bet this is the step where you'd have to use the Kreg jig listed in the needed tools section. The Kreg allows you to use screws on a diagonal for situations like this.

I wouldn't recommend just using glue. And the hardware cloth alone almost certainly wouldn't work.