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Free 4×8 Chicken Coop Plans – (Compact Design)

You don’t have to live in the country to enjoy fresh eggs. If you live in the city and have a backyard you too can enjoy fresh eggs every morning.

These chicken coop plans were designed to fit in small areas. It is a single unit with the coop and chicken run attached. It has a front and side door to make cleaning easy and let the chickens out as well.

See the complete details below to build this chicken coop, includes drawings, measurements, instructions, shopping list, and cutting list.

Free 4×8 Chicken Coop Plans – Material List

Shopping List

Shopping List

5 – 2×6 pressure treated – 8′

8 – 2×6 – 8′

26 – 2×4 – 8′

2 – 2×4 – 10′

3 – 5/8″ T1-11 exterior siding – 4×8 sheet

2 – 1/2″ plywood – 4×8 sheet

18 – 1×4 – 8′

1 – 2×8 – 8′

1 – 1×2 – 8′

3 1/2″ nails

2″ nails

1 1/4″ finishing nails

3 1/2″  deck screws

1 1/2″ deck screws

16 – 3/8″ diameter 3 1/2″ galvanized carriage bolts, nuts, and washers

staples

wire mesh

4 – hinges

shingles

roofing felt

roof tacks

roof staples

see shopping list for chicken coop nest box

Cutting List

Cutting List

2 – pressure-treated 2×6 – 8′

2 – pressure-treated 2×6 – 3′ 9″

4 – pressure-treated 2×6 – 2′ 5 1/2″

2 – 2×6 – 8′

2 – 2×6 – 3′ 9″

9 – 2×6 – 4′

9 –  2×4 – 4′

17 – 2×4 – 3′ 9″

4 –  2×4  – 3′ 5″

1 –  2×4 – 2′ 7 1/2″

1 –  2×4 – 3′ 2″

4 – 2×4 – 3′ 10 1/2″

2 – 2×4 – 8′ 11 1/16″

3 –  2×4 – 4′

1 – siding – 2′ 6″ x 4′

1 – siding – 4′ 5/8″ x 4′

2 – siding – 6′ 7 1/4″ x 4′

4 – 2×4 – 5′ 1 1/4″

2 – 1/2″ plywood – 5′ 4 1/4″ x 4′

1×4 – cut to size

2 –  2×4 – 4′ 9/16″

Free 4×8 Chicken Coop Plans –  Overview

 

Building the Chicken Coop Floor

free 4x8 chicken coop plans building the chicken coop floor.

The coop foundation will measure 8′ wide by 4′ deep. The floor deck will measure 4′ wide by 4′ deep.

Attach the side top and bottom bands (B) and (E) to the legs (C) using 3 1/2″ long deck screws.

Drill holes through the top and bottom bands (A) & (D) and through the legs (C). Assemble using two 3/8″ diameter  – 3 1/2″ long galvanized carriage bolts, nuts, and washers two on top and two on the bottom.

Install the 2×6 floor deck (F) using 3 1/2″ long deck screws.

  • (A) 2 pressure-treated 2×6 – 8′ long
  • (B) 2 pressure-treated 2×6 – 3′ 9″ long
  • (C) 4 pressure-treated 2×6 – 2′ 5 1/2″ long
  • (D) 2 – 2×6 – 8′ long
  • (E) 2 – 2×6 – 3′ 9″ long
  • (F) 9 – 2×6 – 4′ long, rip one 2×6 to 4″ ( deck floor should measure 4’x4′ make adjustments if needed )

Building the Chicken Coop Wall Frames

free 4x8 chicken coop plans back wall frame.Build the back wall frame.

  • Cut two 2×4’s to 4′ long
  • Cut three 2×4’s to 3′ 9″ long

Assemble as shown in drawing above using 3 1/2″ nails.

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans chicken coop front wall frame.Build the front wall frame.

  •  Cut two 2×4’s to 4′ long
  • Cut four 2×4’s to 3′ 9″ long

Assemble as shown in drawing above using 3 1/2″ nails.

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans wall frame.

Build the right wall frame.

  • Cut two 2×4’s to 3′ 5″ long
  • Cut three 2×4’s to 3′ 9″ long

Assemble as shown on drawing above using 3 1/2″ nails.

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans left wall frame.Build the left wall frame.

  • Cut two 2×4’s to 3′ 5″ long
  • Cut two 2×4’s to 3′ 9″ long
  •  Cut one 2×4 to 2′ 7 1/2″ long
  •  Cut one 2×4 to 3′ 2″ long

Assemble as shown on drawing above using 3 1/2″ nails.

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans wall frame installed.

Start by installing the front and back wall frames. Nail 3 1/2″ nails through the wall frame and into the floor deck.  Do not nail on door entrance, cut and remove bottom plate, see drawing above.

Next install the right and left wall frames using 3 1/2″ nails. Nail through the wall frame and into the floor deck.

Building the Chicken Coop Truss – Rafters

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans rafters cutting details.

  • Cutting the roof rafters (A). Cut four 2×4’s to 3′ 10 1/2″ long, cut one end of the 2×4’s as shown on drawing above.
  • Cutting the roof rafter (B). Cut two 2×4’s to 8′ 11 1/16″ long, cut one end of the 2×4’s as shown on drawing above.
  • Cutting the crosspiece (C). Cut three 2×4’s to 4′ long, cut both ends of the 2×4 as shown on drawing above.

 

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans front back truss.

Build the front and back roof truss as shown in drawing above. To assemble the truss cut out some gussets (D) to size using left over wood from roof, floor, or siding plywood, nail in place with 2″ nails.

 

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans center truss.Build the center truss as shown in drawing above. To assemble the truss cut out some gussets (D) to size using left over wood from roof, floor, or siding plywood, nail in place with 2″ nails.

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans truss installed.

Install the roof truss as shown on drawing above. Toe nail the truss into the wall frame with 3 1/2″ nails.

  • Next cut one 2×4 to 3′ 9″ long and one 2×4 to 4′ long, install as shown in picture above using 3 1/2″ nails.

Building the Chicken Coop Nest Box

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans nest box.To build the nest box see: chicken coop nest box plans.

The shopping list for these chicken coop plans does not contain the material for the nest box, see our chicken coop nest box plans for shopping list.

 

Siding

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans siding.

The siding used is T1-11 exterior siding.

  • Cut out a piece of siding for the left wall to 2′ 6″ x 4′
  • Cut out a piece of siding for the right wall to 4′ 5/8″ x 4′
  • Cut out two pieces of siding for the front and back to 6′ 7 1/4″ x 4′ ( the easiest way to cut the roof line is by installing it into place then cutting)

Use 1 1/4″ finishing nails to install siding.

Cut out the front door opening, the piece that has been cut out will be used to make the door. Next cut a small door on the right siding as shown on drawing above, drawing shows a 1’x1′ door opening.

 

Roof

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans notch rafters.

  • Cut three 2×4’s to 5′ 1 1/4″

Next make a notch 3 1/2″ wide and 1 1/2″ deep on the rafters and siding as shown in drawing above. The ends will stick out 6″, install with 3 1/2″ nails.

 

Roof Trim

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans roof trim angle cut.

  • Cut four 2×4’s to 4′ long for the roof trim. Cut one end of the 2×4’s as shown on drawing above.

 

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans roof trim.

  • Cut one 2×4 to 5′ 1 1/4″

Install the roof trim as shown in drawing above using 3 1/2″ nails.

 

Roof Deck

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans roof deck.The roof deck used is 1/2″ plywood.

  • Cut two pieces of plywood to 5′ 4 1/4″ x 4′, install with 2″ nails.

 

Wire Mesh

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans, install wire mesh.Cut and install wire mesh using staples as shown in drawing above.

 

Trim

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans, install trim.Cut 1×4’s to size and install over the wire mesh edge. Use 1 1/4″ finishing nails to install the 1×4 trim.

 

Building the Chicken Coop Side Door

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans side door.Building the chicken coop side door.

  • Cut two 2×4’s to 4′ 9/16″ and notch the ends as shown in drawing
  • Cut two 2×4’s to 3′ 9″ and notch the ends
  • Cut one 2×4 to 3′ 9″

Assemble the side door as shown on drawings using 1 1/2″ deck screws, and hinges. Use staples to secure the wire mesh in place.

 

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans door stop.

  • Cut a 2×4 to 3′ 9″ long for the door stop, install into place as shown in drawing using 3 1/2″ deck screws.

Building the Chicken Coop Front Door

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans front door opening trim.Install trim to door opening.

  •  Cut one 1×4 to 1′ 3″
  • Cut two 1×4’s to 4′

Use 1 1/4″ finishing nails and install as shown in drawing above.

 

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans front door trim.Install the 1×4 trim to the door.

  • Cut one 1×4 to 2′ 6″
  • Cut two 1×4’s to 3′ 8 1/2″

Install into place as shown on drawing using 1 1/4″ finishing nails. Install the hinges and attach door.

 

Building the Chicken Coop Final Details

Free 4x8 chicken coop plans shingles roost.Install the roof felt and shingles. Drawing shows a ladder built with a 2×8 board and 1×2’s. For the inside you can build the chicken roost using scrap wood.

 

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5 comments

  1. Great plans. Will build one for sure. Thanks so much.

  2. This is just the right size for what I need, Thanks I’ve been wanting to get a few chickens and a Rooster Eggs are getting so expensive at the stores and Im a egg eater so thanks again.

  3. thank you we have one coop but need another I will be using this plan to build fancy home home for our chicks

  4. I really appreciate these plans. I am building this small chicken coup but with a much bigger run. Was very happy to be able to download the nest box tonight. Will be building that tomorrow. Again thanks alot. This site is awesome and I share it with lots of people. Doing this project with scrap lumber. Yay! Terri the Yard Lady

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