17 Free DIY A Frame Chicken Coop Plans You Can Build Yourself
A-frame chicken coops have a special shape, which gives them many advantages. If you are in need of a good a-frame chicken coop design, then read on.
People all over the world love a-frame chicken coops. They are very popular because they are simple, stable and strong.
The sides of an a-frame coop slope down like a pyramid. It is this shape which makes it strong and yet easy to build.
I have gathered 17 lovely a-frame chicken coops from around the Internet in this list. I present them one after the other below and hope that you will find one that you truly like.
If you like these free plans, consider these other free chicken plans such as chicken feeder, homemade chicken plucker, homemade incubator, chicken waterer, chicken brooder, chicken coop, chicken tractor, pallet chicken coop, as well as frame projects like picture frame, cold frame, bed frame.
- 1. Small & Cheap A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan
- 2. Recycled Truck Tent Frame Chicken Coop
- 3. Lovely Red & Green A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan
- 4. Mother's Chicken A-Frame Mini Coop
- 5. $100 DIY A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan
- 6. 8-Step DIY A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan
- 7. A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan in 30 Steps
- 8. A-Town DIY A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan
- 9. Gothic DIY Chicken Coop Plan
- 10. Spacious & Free DIY Chicken Coop Plan
- 11. Very Beautiful & Shingled A-Frame Chicken Coop
- 12. Swing Set A-Frame DIY Chicken Coop Plan
- 13. Amazing A-Frame DIY Chicken Tractor Plan
- 14. The Barbie DIY Chicken Coop
- 15. High-Quality A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan
- 16. Giant Swing A-Frame Chicken Coop
- 17. $80 Reader's Digest A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan
1. Small & Cheap A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan
If you want a good a-frame chicken coop plan, then pay attention to this one. The tutorial is simple and easy to follow, and pictures are included to help you to completely understand the lesson.
This is one of the best a-frame chicken coop plans. It lists out the materials that you need, including wood, chicken wire and all the tools that you will need.
The tutorial then lists in detail and with pictures, how to create an a-frame using 30 and 60-degree angled cuts on 2x4 timbers.
Finally, you are also shown the step-by-step process of putting all the timbers together. The plan is so simple and easy to follow, that you can finish it in one weekend.
2. Recycled Truck Tent Frame Chicken Coop
If you have access to a truck tent frame, then this plan could be worth trying out. The tutorial simply combines 2 metal frames, which have an a-shape, and then builds a coop from it.
The base is made from wood, while wood is also used to hold the 2 pieces together at different spots. The finished frame is then covered with chicken wire, making it a chicken coop.
Jadinier, the builder then goes on to add wheels to this a-frame chicken coop, turning it into a chicken tractor.
There is no material list because this plan was built from scraps which were lying around. All you need is the steel frame from a truck, wood to hold them together, plus chicken wire.
You might also want to make the distance between the 2 frames a little wider, especially if you have dogs which can easily knock down such a narrow chicken coop.
3. Lovely Red & Green A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan
This is a very lovely and free A-frame chicken coop plan. You can follow it to build something really nice that you can be proud of.
The plan is very detailed and uses a step-by-step guide to teach the lessons. It starts by listing all the materials and all the tools that you will need for the job.
You will have to spend quite some money on this one. It rests on 4x4s, it has metal roofs and is painted in 3 colors including green, red and white.
This plan was originally designed by Natalie, the creative mom. It contains a ladder, a laying nest, and it is very nice-looking.
If you are looking for a challenge, then this might be the DIY plan to satisfy you, and give you something to try your hand at.
You should note that though this chicken coop plan might be very detailed and contain pictures which show how to do everything correctly, the entire coop still requires a good skill level.
4. Mother's Chicken A-Frame Mini Coop
Built by Steve from the Mother-earth-news website, this chicken coop is both well-built and mobile. It is an a-frame chicken coop tractor, which you can easily move around in your garden.
As with most other DIY a-frame chicken coops, this plan is for just a few chickens, up to 4. The design is 4x9 feet large, and it includes an enclosed coop which is about 4x4 feet in size.
There is a 4x5-foot large chicken run, with a chicken wire roof, which allows light and fresh air into it. The part of the coop covered by 1/4-inch plywood also includes a nesting box for eggs.
Steve also includes a door on one side, and wheels on the other side to help move the chicken coop around.
There is no cost listing for this chicken coop plan, but the final cost will depend on how much materials you have, including 2x4's, chicken wire and wheels.
5. $100 DIY A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan
This plan is a clean a-frame design that is great for all skill levels. It includes a small coop on top and a larger run under it. It comes from Ana White and is also a chicken tractor.
It costs about $100 to build, but if you have enough materials at home, such as wood or chicken wire, then it will cost less. The building takes just a few hours according to Ana.
The top of the box has hinges which allow it to be opened, so you can feed the chickens or collect your eggs.
This chicken coop plan is suitable for up to 4 chickens and includes lots of drawings. It measures 60inches in width, is 96 inches in length, and 55 inches high.
The tutorial also teaches you how to make an A-frame. You have to cut the 2x4s at an angle of 60 degrees and also at a 30-degree angle. These instructions are easy to understand anyway.
6. 8-Step DIY A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan
This a-frame chicken coop is estimated to cost about $40 to build, though its builder mostly used wood that he got for free.
The author lists 8 steps to building this chicken coop plan, plus needed materials, which include plywood, 2x4s, chicken wire and of course a hammer, saw and driver.
Step-3 in this guide builds the a-frame using 2x4s. Plywood is then used to cover both sides of the a-frame, turning it into a coop.
The plywood is fixed on one side, while the other side is removable, creating a door for collecting eggs or feeding the chickens.
The remaining parts of this chicken coop are then covered with chicken wire. This turns both the open area and the area under the coop into a run for the chicken.
7. A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan in 30 Steps
This triangle chicken coop plan features a different design from the previous plans. With this plan, all of the upper side is the coop, while the lower side is the run.
A ladder is included from the coop on top, to the run below, so that the chickens can move freely. This plan also includes a nesting box which can be pulled out like a drawer.
The entire plan is laid out in 30 steps. Each of these steps is explained in detail and includes a picture which shows what is being talked about.
This chicken coop plan is contained in a PDF file, which you can also print out if you wish. It also includes a list of the needed materials and tools.
Unlike most other a-frames in this list which use 60 and 30-degree angles, this particular a-frame uses 70 and 20-degrees angles and 6-foot long 2x4s.
8. A-Town DIY A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan
Built by a lovely young woman from Atlanta together with her father, this a-frame coop is much larger than most other coops in this list.
This coop is tall enough for a person to walk inside standing. It cost about $500 to build, with about $150 being spent for hardware cloth alone.
An area was even included with a brick floor where the chickens can scratch. There is a nesting area with 2 boxes, and the eggs can be easily collected from outside.
This chicken coop guide includes a lot of pictures and explanations, but it is not very organized. The chicken coop, on the other hand, is very lovely and worth every effort.
Extras you could add include a shed roof to protect the nest and water supplies, as well as a skylight for the coop, or to even make the run bigger or smaller.
9. Gothic DIY Chicken Coop Plan
This chicken coop plan features a Gothic-shaped coop. It is designed to fit inside a larger run, and so is just a coop with a secure door to prevent dog attacks.
The base is built using 2x2 timbers, then the top of the coop is attached to the base. This top of the coop is made by bending the plywood.
There is plenty of information in this DIY chicken coop guide. For example, it was shown that you can use a steamer or hot water to bend plywood into any desired shape.
The coop is later painted and even got a roof. Though there was no estimate of how much the entire building cost, the coop is designed to house at least 8 chickens.
Some people are into Gothic stuff and will immediately decide to build this coop. Others may choose a larger or smaller one. What this plan offers you is a hard-to-resist, chicken-cathedral in your garden.
10. Spacious & Free DIY Chicken Coop Plan
Simple and straight to the point, this DIY chicken coop plan details everything you need to build a stable and long-lasting a-frame coop for your chickens.
It is quite spacious and provides enough space for up to 12 chickens. The a-frames at cut at a 63-degree angle and joined together through a ridge.
This DIY guide includes a material list for making this coop. The steps are easy to follow, although there are not enough images.
This chicken coop plan features a very large run, plus four rafters inside the coop. A door can either be built on the side of the coop or the run.
This design is 6 feet high and 6 feet wide at the base. The base can also be made longer to contain more chickens.
11. Very Beautiful & Shingled A-Frame Chicken Coop
The first thing that catches your eyes about this coop is the cedar shingles that are used to cover it. This chicken coop is built with plenty of love by Ben Tyler, and it is very beautiful as a result.
Designed for up to 10 chickens, this a-frame chicken coop plan is quite high, and offers both a large space for perching and a nesting area with 3 nesting boxes.
The 2x4s which Ben used for the a-frames are very beautifully finished and even include carvings, though it's left for you to decide if you want to go to this extreme for your coop.
This coop's entire roof is covered using cedar shingles, with one side of it being able to be opened completely. The entire construction is protected with linseed oil.
The coop only extends halfway down though, with all the space below it surrounded by chicken wire to create a run. This a-frame chicken coop should cost over $150.
12. Swing Set A-Frame DIY Chicken Coop Plan
While most other chicken coops in this list are made from wood, this coop features an a-frame constructed from a steel swing set.
This design allows it to have just 2 a-frames. A metal roof also covers one area, turning it into a coop, while the other side is the run, covered in chicken wire.
Both the material and the tool lists here are different. Instead of wood tools, you need a metal cutter and drill, as well as steel pipes, which in this case came from an old swing set.
The guide details how to cut and fix metal sheets to this steel frame. There are plenty of pictures in the guide, and each one is explained very well.
If you have a swing or any other set of metals that you don't need anymore, then this triangle chicken coop plan will surely help you to turn it into a home for your chickens.
13. Amazing A-Frame DIY Chicken Tractor Plan
This chicken tractor, which is a movable chicken coop and run, is not only well built, it is also a very beautifully designed tractor.
The combination of plain-colored woods, with the black and red colors of the coop, make this a very lovely chicken coop to look at.
There is not much talk in this guide. Each of the building steps is simply introduced and supported with a picture.
The entire floor is the run, while a ladder leads to the hanging coop. The designer of this chicken tractor is without doubt, very talented in design and visual appearances.
This chicken coop plan will cost around $100 to build, including the hardware cloth, plywood, wheels, paint, and timbers.
14. The Barbie DIY Chicken Coop
This is one chicken coop designed and built with passion. Although the original plan came from someone else, Jamie Lott changed up a few things to make it a unique design.
The tutorial lists each step in designing and building it. There are 3 a-frames supporting the structure, with the upper part being the coop and the lower part being the run.
The main paint is a light-gray color which Jamie bought for $5 per gallon. Jamie also used pink to paint the ladder, the door decoration, and a weather-vane.
This coop will cost about $100 to build, including the cost of the chicken wire, timbers, hinges, and paint.
15. High-Quality A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan
This a-frame chicken coop shares the same design as the Barbie coop in position 14 of this list. They both feature a coop on the upper side and a run below.
This particular build uses less colorful paint, but its chicken wire is properly secured using flat timbers.
This design is listed as costing $250, and it cost over 20 hours to build. The costs include the price of timber, waterproofing finish, and a metal roof.
The original plan it was built from costs about $100. A link is included in the page to the original plan. As you can see, you are always free to change any DIY plans according to your desires.
16. Giant Swing A-Frame Chicken Coop
This is another a-frame chicken coop built from an old swing set. This time though, the swing set is wooden, and so too is the rest of the chicken coop.
Many pieces of wood were added from old wooden pallets, plus a few new panels were purchased in addition. The end cost of this coop depends on how much wood you already have.
This DIY guide is simple and very detailed. Each step of the way is well explained, and Sara uses pictures to also make the steps clear.
One part of this plan is a large coop, but under it and the remaining side of the coop, is half covered in wood, and half covered in chicken wire.
The a-frames are built from 4x4 timbers, making this the strongest chicken coop in this list. Given its weight, it also cannot be moved easily from its position.
17. $80 Reader's Digest A-Frame Chicken Coop Plan
Our last DIY chicken coop costs about $80 to make and will take a day or less to complete. It does not require any special skills, and reclaimed wood can be used to build it.
This plan uses 3 a-frames joined through a ridge to create the coop. There is a front door for allowing the chickens into the garden, and a back-door for collecting eggs.
The coop side can be covered with wooden panels, or with plywood, while the run side is covered with chicken wire to allow light and fresh air inside.
This triangle chicken coop is 47 inches tall. It is 70 inches long and 35 inches wide. It is designed to house 2 to 4 chickens depending on their size.
This DIY guide lists all the necessary materials for building the coop, including the tools. The tools that are needed are standard ones like a hammer, saw, and drill.
Coming to the end of this list, you can see that the a-frame is a very strong and reliable way to build a chicken coop. I hope you must have found one a-frame design here which you will build.
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