Building an A-frame chicken coop

Making your own chicken coop is not difficult. I made you a chicken coop on a day with a little skill and the right equipment.

A chicken tent is one of the easiest and cheapest chicken coops which can make yourself. This hen is also called an A-frame chicken coop.

The design of the coop can be easily modified and can also be used to put a rabbit hutch.


  • jig saw
  • miter saw
  • buzz saw
  • Vijs- / drill


  • Wood in different shapes and sizes (I used some scrap wood and scraps)
  • screws
  • chicken wire
  • hinges
  • Slide Locks


First, you must determine how big the chicken should be. The dimensions will be dependent on the number of chickens that comes to live in the confined indoors and what materials are available.

There are two things that need to be dimensioned:

  • A grids:
    Here you determine how high and how wide the loft will be. For the standing bars I 90cm arrested. The cross bars with a length of 70cm. You need slats to 3A grills.
  • The length of the chicken house:
    The total length of the henhouse is 200cm, of which you need 5 to 6 bars.

Making BASE henhouse

The A-grids are made with two upright slats and two horizontal slats. On top of the standing bars are attached to a board.
Saw the upright bars and the lower horizontal bar of the grid size. If you follow my design are two slats of 90cm and a 70cm bar.

Lay the strips used in the correct shape on the ground: the tops together and the bottom at a distance so that the horizontal bar there can be imposed.

Attach a small shelf on the top in order to keep the slats together and attach the horizontal bar on a few centimeters of the bottom of the legs.

Attach a second horizontal bar at half the height A of the grating.

Repeat the steps above to create as three equally sized A grates.

make it from the hen house frame

When the gratings 3 A stabbing into each other, they can be connected to the long boards. In this way, we obtain a sturdy frame that we can close later with planks and chicken wire.

Now you have to choose what will be the relationship between the inside and the yard.

For my loft I have reserved for binnenhok 60cm, 140cm remaining will be the yard.

When mounting the frame, it may be useful to rely on a helping hand.

  • Insert the 3 A-gratings at the correct distance: two at the ends and one in the middle in order to separate the inside and it’s yard of each other.
  • Make the gratings attached to each other with the help of long boards. Make sure the bottom slats do not lie to the ground just a few inches above it.
  • By using slightly longer shelf in the middle you can ensure that your chicken coop has handles. Convenient to easily move the loft later.

Finishing the henhouse

The basic structure of the hen is created. In the next steps we place the first floor, the roof and the chicken wire so the chickens are safe and sheltered.

To make it easier to clean the chicken coop I used a flat varnished plank for the first floor. The sizes of the plate you measure in the frame.

A distance is measured between the two grids A, including the middle transverse slats.

Distance B is measured between the long connection boards. Make this still slightly shorter in order to easily get in and out of the floor.

Cut the board to size and place them on the cross-bars.

In order to make the roof can be used various materials. You can use a large plate, various boards side by side or even an old corrugated iron.

I’d be wide enough shelves of 10cm and have used for the roof.

On one of the sides of the roof needs to be a hatch or door in order to cope with the laying nest. You can make a hatch that takes you completely from the loft or you make it a little more professional with hinges and a sliding clasp.

The hatch of my loft is made of a plywood plate that has been coated with a modicum of EPDM. Bottom hinges sit on top and a sliding clasp.

The end of the nachthok features a hatch that is stuck with sliding locks. Here I have used no hinges.

The other end, on the side of it’s yard, is sealed with a similar system but this time provided with chicken wire.

The remaining open areas of the poultry house can be closed with boards or chicken wire.

To complete the loft get a ladder and can provide you with the loft for extra sleeping poles.

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