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Chicken Coop Plans: How to Build a Modern Chicken Coop

Want to build a chicken coop like the one below? Simpson has the plans and County Line Lumber & Hardware carries all the products you need to build it.

You can go to the Simpson Strong-Tie website to view their plans here: Chicken Coop Plans: How to Build a Modern Chicken Coop - Building Strong (

Or we've copied the info below:

This coop is designed for up to six chickens. The run is 5′ x 12′, with the coop elevated above it to reduce the overall footprint. The run has a covered roof to reduce the impacts of our snowy winters and is tall enough for a person to stand up in and clean out as required. The coop has two roosts, three 12” x 12” nesting boxes and a full-size door for easy clean-out. The nesting boxes also have an access door on the side for easy access to those delicious eggs. Above the nesting boxes is a dry storage compartment for food and wood shavings. The sides of the storage compartment are open to the run below and this is to allow for future large-capacity feeders and waterers to be installed and covered from the elements.

As you can see the lookin at the photos and the chicken coop plans, every inch of this coop was well thought out and I think we will have not only the best-looking coop on the block, but also some happy chickens and plenty of eggs for years to come!

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Required Tools

  • Drill/driver

  • Circular saw

  • Miter saw

  • Brad nailer

  • Hammer

  • Coil nailer (optional)

  • Tin snips

  • Stapler

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil

  • Safety glasses

  • Hearing protection


  • (3) 2 x 6 x 12′ treated lumber

  • (6) 2 x 6 x 12′ untreated lumber

  • (32) 2 x 2 x 8′ untreated lumber

  • (9) 2 x 4 x 8′ untreated lumber

  • 1 x 8 x 6′ cedar board

  • (5) 1/2″ x 4′ x 8′ OSB

  • (16) FB26 fence brackets

  • (12) FB24Z fence brackets

  • (32) A21 angles

  • (8) RTA2Z Rigid Tie® connectors

  • 3/8″ roofing staples

  • 12′ drip edge

  • Roofing felt

  • Roofing 12′ wide x 6′ long

  • Siding as desired (we used 30 @ 6 1/4″ x 12′ cement board)

  • (4) 1 x 4 x 6′ common board for corner trim if desired

  • (2) 1/2″ x 4′ x 25′ hardware cloth

  • (10) exterior hinges

  • (2) 2 1/2″ Strong-Drive® SDWS Framing screws (75 ct.)

  • 1 1/4″ Deck-Drive™ DSV Wood screws (1 lb.)

  • #9 x 1 1/2″ Strong-Drive SD Connector screws (500 ct.)

    • Used on all brackets, angles and connectors that will not be within door openings or covered by siding; used also for all RTA connectors

  • 8d x 1 1/2″ Strong-Drive Connector nails (1 lb.)

    • Used on all brackets, angles and connectors within door openings or to be covered by siding

How to Build a Modern Chicken Coop Reference the PDF for the 17 Step Instructions: DIY Modern Chicken Coop Plans - Printable PDF.pages (

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