In this video, which is just over 11 minutes, lambertw26 creates a wonderful 6 foot wide by 14 foot long chicken coop and run.
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This video will show you how to
- Use paving stones as a level base.
- Use 2″ x 4″ lengths of wood to create a solid base and uprights.
- Use 2″ x 4″ with “bird mouth” notches to create the roof.
- Frame and build an elevated coop.
- Use insulation to keep the chickens warm in winter.
- Add a pop door, window and nesting box.
- Install a metal roof.
- Add “hardware cloth” to the run.
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[noise] Alright, so this is the base of my chicken coop. What I did was just dig down so I could get all the 4x8x16 pavers level in the ground, and those are my treated 2x4s that I’m gonna use as the base so they won’t rot.
Yeah, so now the work begins. Over here is my setup. I got a chop saw, there’s some of the sawmill lumber in the back of my truck.
So, let’s get this started. Alright, so I’ve got the studs up, and after I screwed all the base together, I basically counter-sunk the screws, screwed them on either side, 90 degrees from each other in the corners, and then three screws counter-sunk in the 2×4 in the front. And this should be able to hole the studs up until I can get the roof on. So, as you can see, on this end is gonna be the coop, this other end is gonna be where the hardware cloth is, and it’s 32 inches apart. There’s gonna be three sections on either side.
So next is to put the roof beam on either side. It’s 14 foot long. The base is six foot wide, by 12 foot long. So that’s gonna be the area that they’re gonna have to mess around in. Alright well, I’m gonna put the roof beam on here and then I’ll get back to you.
Alright so, I got my cross beams on for my rafters, also put the eight foot rafters on and cut the bird’s mouth on either end so that I didn’t have to go and buy the metal brackets from Lowe’s, which add to the price of the coop. What you see here on the 45 degree braces you see on the front, the ones on the side, that’s just to hold it square. Get you a big four foot level and just make sure everything’s squared up real good before you put your roof trusses on, and then go from there.
The next thing on the agenda is to start framing up the floor of the coop. I’ve got the coop floor framed in, and it looks pretty good so far. I tried to use the scrap pieces of lumber where you wouldn’t see them. Anyways, that’s done.
[pause] All right, so I’ve got the walls framed up. This here’s gonna be my nesting box. There’s gonna be a window up here, I still have to frame in a little bit of window. I had to put some skiving on here so that I could nail my plywood, and my siding too.
As you can see, this lumber is, you know, some of it was given to me from where I work, and then others I bought at the sawmill, and it’s a lot cheaper than if you buy wood at Lowe’s, so it helps the outcome price, you don’t have to pay as much. So, that’s a good thing, especially for me. I didn’t wanna spend whole lot, so hopefully I’ll have less than what I expected.
So, my coop is six foot wide, and my plywood is four foot wide, so I had to nail some walls in here so that we could nail the plywood to just some basic wall studs. I got one set at two foot there, and one set at four foot there. So, it’s coming together. I got my floor on also, so, cool.
So, it’s raining now and I finally got the window framed up. It is 28 wide by 18 inches tall, and you can see my nesting box here I told you about a bit earlier. But I think I’ve got all the framing done.
I’ve got the pop door done and is 16×12. So I’ll just have to cut it out whenever I get done. I just figured instead of trying to make the hole really accurate, I’ll just cut it out while it’s on the coop, it might be a little easier. So I’m gonna put a door in the back, and a door in the front, that way I can clean it out really good. So, I’ve gotten one side of the exterior wall put up, and I used the kind of like T-11, T1-11. So, yeah that looks pretty good.
And now I’m getting ready to do the other side. Okay, so, after the rain delay, I kinda worked inside underneath this piece of plastic right here, and last night it blew off and got all my tools wet. But anyways, I worked inside putting some of this Styrofoam insulation in, and I hope that’ll help keep them warm in the winter time, because it does get pretty windy out here. It blows across field there, through the pine trees and I’m sure we might have to anchor this thing down, afraid it might blow over if we get some winds like we had a couple months ago.
But yeah, I insulated inside here, there’s my pop door, and my window, and nesting boxes. Score! Got this piece of linoleum for free, and it’s pretty awesome. The dude just gave i to me. It doesn’t go all the way across, but I think I’m gonna make it work just to save $20.
Anyways, I cut the windows out too as you can see, and it looks pretty good. So now I’m gonna work on the inside plywood and the ceiling, and try to get this thing wrapped up. Alright, I finally finished up the framing on the nesting box and put the plywood down on the bottom. Now I have to sheet the outside of it. Hopefully that goes pretty well. It’s 16 wide, and 42 long. It’s gonna have enough for three nesting boxes inside so hopefully they’ll have enough room, I kinda just guessed on the size.
Alright so, I finally got the roof inside the coop. Oh my god, what a headache. Pain in the butt, but anyways, I finally got it. After cutting a couple pieces of plywood – and there goes my insulation. After cutting a couple pieces of plywood wrong, I finally got it right. Man, that is some [?] plywood I got from Lowe’s too. It’s different than the first kind I bought, but anyways. I also got the nesting boxes, I got the siding put on. It looks pretty good.
So inside you can see how big each one is gonna be. Pretty big, big enough to lay in there. Alright. Evening report: we got the spacers between the rafters put in, so that birds and crap can’t get over top. Looks pretty good, really glad to have that over with. Yeah, it’s been kind of a slow day.
Okay, so coop day six. I’m trying to put the metal roof on, and as you can see, I put the slats down to where you screw metal roof, and I stained them already. I put this on today, on the front, the siding on the front face here.
So now I have to get up there and install the metal roof, which is gonna be pretty tough, considering I’m by myself. But anyway, it shouldn’t be that bad. But, there’s the roof, and I guess I’m gonna lay it out on the ground just to see how everything will line up on top once I get on the coop there by myself. So yeah, this could be kinda hairy.
All right, so there it is, the roof is finally done. Oh my gosh, what a hassle. It went on really good until this last piece over here, I had to cut, and my gosh, it was a pain. But you can see that I started staining some stuff up in the rafters, and I stained all these little cross [?] that the tin attaches to, or the metal roof.
But, yeah, that’s gonna be pretty tough too because the wood, since it’s sawmill lumber, it wants to absorb all the stain before I even move my brush, so, yeah. I started working on the little door down here. I’m gonna have this to open up. I’m gonna have it open up when we wanna let the chickens out and we don’t wanna leave the large door open, so this will just open up. I’m gonna work on all the doors today. Sweet.
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