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How to Build an A-Frame Chicken Coop

Every backyard chicken needs a place to call home. Here's a step-by-step guide to providing yours with an attractive A-frame coop – built by your own hands!

How to Build an A-Frame Chicken Coop
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The aim of a coop is to protect chooks from cold winds in winter and extreme heat in summer plus supply timber perches for roosting and boxes for egg laying. Position the coop under a tree for shade and cover the floor with straw, timber shavings or sawdust, especially underneath perches.

TIP Birds that roam are less likely to develop problems induced by boredom, such as egg eating and pecking.

Building materials

This coop is built from reclaimed 42 x 35mm and 42 x 19mm oregon.
Recycled 100 x 15mm hardwood fence palings are cut to clad the floor, walls and back door with chicken wire used to cover the front door and the front part of the coop.  


Use galvanised fasteners to prevent rust, with 50mm x 8g timber screws to assemble the frame, securing the floor and wall palings with 40 x 2mm nails and attaching the chicken wire with 12mm U nails.

Step 1. Build the A frame
Step 1. Build the A frame
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Secure the base rails against the sides with the middle rail 600mm from an end. Secure the uprights over the rails, cutting the ends at an angle, attaching the ridge and cutting the middle uprights to fit. Cut and secure the door stiles and head.

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