Excited about the chicken house you’re going to construct? Can’t wait to get started? Already dreaming about egg morning meal? Fine, let’s start. If you want to build your own chicken coop, it is highly recommended that you get the best set of chicken house plans before you start the building process. This is the free chicken coop plan to construct your own hen house, be sure to check out the previous parts of free chicken coop plans.
Cut purlins exactly as those cut for the side and entrance wall sill plates. Center them at 2′ (600 mm) across the top of the rafters. Now, we need to complete the front wall. Now would be a good time to think about windows for the coop. If you don not wish to purchase windows, we have included diagrams to make your own rough windows and vents. Begin by ripping tow boards as detailed below. Attach them at the top and bottom of the front wall face.
For the windows, we are going to build a custom window size. Warning: Always use protective equipment when cutting or breaking glass. Use caution with all glass panels to prevent breakage. Lay glass panels in safe, dry place until ready to use. Cut a 10′ 2 x 4 (45 x 90 x 3000 mm) plank as shown below. All corners are mitered at 45°. You will need two of these sill frames.
Go ahead and glue all of the corners and screw or nail together. Just the make sure the frames are square and all edges are flush! Rip a 10′ 2 x 4 (45 x 90 x 3000 mm) down the center using a table saw or circular saw with a guard. You will end up with two (2) 10′ (3000 mm) planks that are about 1 ½” x 1 ¾” (37mm x 44mm). Cut each piece as 10′ 10″ x 2′ 9″ (825 x 556 mm) The pieces should just fit inside the frame built earlier. Cut a sheet of screen large enough to overlap the edges of the frame roughly by half. Make two (2) of these vent frames.
Rip another 10′ plank in half just like for the vent frames. You will need a router with a guide or a table saw with the applicable attachments.
Router a ½” (13mm) gouge down the center of each piece. Be sure you router the entire piece before cutting to length as shown. This will ensure a continuous gouge the entire length of the window frame. Place the glass sheet (you don’t need to use glass (feel free to substitute any clear material such as PVC or plastic) into the frame and check, to make, sure the frame fits around the pane snugly.
We have allowed ¼” (6-7mm) of clearance. Make sure the window swings freely. Before Gluing or assembling the window check to make sure the swing is unimpeded. Do not attach the vent ok the window to the frame yet, you still need to attach the frame to the front wall.
Run a bead of silicone sealant (or equivalent) down the length of each gouge and glue the ends together around the pane. Allow to set before attaching with screws or nails. We recommend screws, as pneumatic nails can break the seal. Always use extreme caution to ensure the screws or nails go straight into the frame. Make sure you do not impact the pane material as such may cause cracking or breakage. You will also need two of these windows. We recommend working on one at a time to ensure the correct frame pieces do not get mixed up.