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Custom Chicken Coop Plans

Construct a beautiful and efficient backyard coop to suit any style — from fancy to rustic — with these step-by-step instructions for how to build a chicken coop.

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A Coop and Run to House Six Chickens

Raising backyard chickens is more popular than ever. It's an enjoyable hobby that pays off in fertilizer, pest control, companionship and, of course, fresh eggs. Raising chickens starts with the right housing, but finding a coop that is appropriate for the flock, easy to maintain and still looks good in the yard can be a challenge.

HGTV has got you covered with these plans for a DIY coop and enclosed run with a small footprint to fit any yard. This raised-coop enclosure offers room for six chickens, a walk-in run, built-in storage, an observation window, external egg collection and the simple design only takes up a 6-foot by 10-foot area.

Download our free, detailed chicken coop plans and explore this gallery to see this efficient design customized four ways, including a basic coop, elegant and rustic modifications and a plan to convert this sturdy structure into an attractive and spacious garden shed should a backyard chicken coop no longer be necessary.

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Prepare Materials

Before assembling the frame for your chicken coop and enclosed run, measure and cut the necessary lumber as shown in the detailed plans in the previous slide. Be sure to select pressure-treated lumber wherever possible. Materials have been calculated to minimize waste, so keep in mind when cutting.

Materials Needed

(8) 2x4 x 8’ pressure-treated lumber
(6) 2x4 x 10’ pressure-treated lumber
(14) 2x4 x 12’ pressure-treated lumber
(2) 1x2 x 6’ pressure-treated lumber
(2) 1x4 x 12’ pressure treated lumber
(4) 1x4 x 8’ pressure-treated lumber
(1) 1x4 x 10’ pressure-treated lumber
(1) 1x6 x 8’ pressure-treated lumber
(1) 5/4x6 x 10’ pressure-treated lumber
(1) 1x5 x 8’ pine board
(15) 1x6 x 8' primed trim boards
(6) 1x6 x 10' primed trim boards
(4) 26” x 8’ ribbed roof panels
(1) 26” x 12’ ribbed roof panels
(8) 3/4” x 36” square dowels
(1) 4’ x 8’ x 3/4” plywood sheet
(1) 2’ x 4’ x 3/4” plywood sheet
(2) 4’ x 8’ siding panels
(3) 1/4” x 1-1/2” lattice molding
(1) 4’ x 50’ hardware cloth roll
(1) 20” x 33” single hung window
(1) 36” screen door
3/8” galvanized staples
roofing screws
2” exterior wood screws
2-1/2" deck screws
2” finishing nails
(8) 3” T-hinges
(3) door pulls
miter saw
circular saw
reciprocating saw
chalk box
drill + bits
measuring tape
speed square
staple gun
safety glasses

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Mark Notches

Use a length of 2x4 to mark required notches before assembly. 

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Cut Notches

Use a jigsaw to cut marked notches. Notching frame junctions ensures the position will be accurate and provides a level framework to which the fencing may be attached.

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