S. J. Robson’s Woodworking Plans – Chicken Coop for 6 Hens

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This listing is for WOODWORKING PLANS ONLY (instant download .pdf) and not for the completed item.

I have designed and hand-drafted these very detailed, step-by-step plans myself, and have built the prototype (see photos) from them. I have made easy to follow, step by step instructions for those with a rudimentary knowledge of carpentry.

This design differs from many other coop designs because it is built as a rectangular box which can easily be covered with wire netting, under the siding, to deter predators. The roof is a false roof so the rats cannot get in to the main coop by squeezing between the rafters, as is often the case.

The large double-doors make it easy to clean out without having to go inside the coop.

Overall size of a finished Chicken Coop for 6 Hens is 8ft long x 32” wide with an overall height of 5ft plus the height of the support blocks. The small size makes it suitable for an urban backyard.

Included in this 15 page .PDF DOWNLOAD BOOK are:
Step-by-step instructions
51 photos
33 Diagrams
Plywood cutting layouts for chicken house (coop)
Plywood cutting layouts for Nesting Box, Oyster Shell Box and Feed Box which fit in the chicken house.
Framing cutting list
Materials Purchasing List
Notes to Builder

TOOLS REQUIRED
Saw
Square
Spirit level
Wire cutters
Tape measure
Sandpaper
Glue
Robertson #2 screwdriver bit
3/16“ wood drill bit
Drill - Having 2 drills is much easier than 1 - one for the screwdriver bit and one for the drill bit
Stapler + min ¼” staples - To attach wire netting to frame
2 Clamps with min. 3½” jaws - Optional, but recommended
Shovel - If you need to level the ground before laying the concrete blocks

REASONS TO USE MY DESIGN
Small size (5ft high x 2ft 8in wide x 8ft long plus height of blocks) and pleasant to look at.
Easy to clean - 4ft wide double doors on the back for easy clean-out.
Raccoon and rat resistant - box construction with wire on top and underneath to deter critters.
Child friendly - children can watch the chickens through the large wire netting window and can see into the nesting box from outside.
Use of inside space is maximized - nesting box and roosts are high enough for space underneath to be utilized.
Eggs collected from the outside.
Well thought out plans which maximize the use of construction materials.
Nesting box, feed box and oyster shell box plans are included.

CONSTRUCTION DETAILS
Nominal 2" x 2" stud framing for the walls and roof.
2" x 4" base frame.
5/8" thick, exterior grade, good-one-side, plywood floor to prevent de-lamination due to moisture from the chickens’ droppings. Excess plywood from this sheet is used for the nesting box.
Siding is 3/8" ranch wall siding.
1/4" x 1 1/2" cedar trim.
There is a 3/8" plywood ceiling/lid on top of the wall framing, with 1/2" hardware cloth (wire netting) underneath it and hardware cloth underneath the plywood floor, to deter rats and raccoons.
Also included are cutting layouts for a 12" x 23" plywood nesting box, 18" x 11.25" x 12" high plywood feed box, and a 6" x 11.25" x 12" high plywood box for ground oyster shells.
Templates are included for peaked roof or flat roof design.

WHY I DESIGNED THE CHICKEN COOP
With a lot of focus being placed on sustainable living nowadays, raising a few chickens in your back yard for eggs is becoming more and more common. I used to be a small scale chicken farmer, and was selling things in the local Farmer’s market when I was asked to design a small chicken house suitable for a back yard. These plans are the result.



There are no refunds on downloaded woodworking plans.
ALL MEASUREMENTS ARE IN INCHES, and plans are drawn to scale, unless otherwise stated.

COPYRIGHT
I have designed and hand drafted these plans myself, and I own the copyright to them. Purchase does NOT transfer copyright.

The plans themselves are for your personal use only. Please do not share or sell the plans.

LIMITED LICENSE
You may make up the items from the plans and use them yourself or give the items away as gifts. You may also make them and sell them in your local craft markets. They are NOT to be used for any mass production of the items.

2nd EDITION August 2014
Title: S. J. Robson’s Woodworking Plans, Volume 1 – Chicken Coop for 6 hens
Author: S. J. Robson
Format: PDF download
ISBN: 978-0-9781854-5-9
Publisher: S. J. Robson (self-published)
Number of Pages: 69



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These plans are very detailed! I can't wait to see how my new chicken coop turns out.
Dec 27, 2016 by Molly Wabel
Feb 3, 2016 by johnscimeca1
These plans were very well written and easy to follow. It was just what I needed without having to spend a bunch of money.
May 23, 2015 by keithvickie2
This is the best coop plan we have seen and the directions are so easy to follow! The only thing missing is an overall blue print of the structure. It is nice how it has 3D views and blue prints of each side broken down per build, but an overall encompassing view of the building itself would be nice. That really is our only complaint. There are so many helpful hints and tips for the new hen owner. Thank-you!
Oct 10, 2014 by Heather Batchelder

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