Comments on: The Palace Chicken Coop: Free Chicken Coop Plan Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:40:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: Scott Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:43:39 +0000 Laurie, The general rule of thumb for run space is approximately 7 square feet per bird. If they are Bantam’s you can go a little less. If you’re planning on giving them little yard time, you might want to increase it a little bit. Maybe instead of a 6′ x 12′ footprint, increase it to 8′ x 12′ footprint. The footing on our coop serves two purposes. One, like you mention, is to combat the higher water levels the area can get. But the other, and one that applies to your area, would be for predator protection. Raccoons, foxes and animals will try to dig into the coop. The footer prevents them for getting under, or at least a lot more effort is involved. You can also go with other means of protection like burying 12″ x 12″ x 1″ concrete paving stones in a vertical position beneath a layer of cinderblocks, or you can use a thick wire mesh or fence laid horizontally outward from under your base so when critters try to dig under they will run into it. Do not use chicken wire for this as it will fail over time. This type of protection is always easiest to install before the coop is built on top. Adding predator protection after the matter can be tough.

By: Laurie Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:21:55 +0000 Jaden and Scott, I think we will have a flock of 10 and want the ladies to have plenty of room. As we have hawks, eagles, raccoons and fox, they will not have the run of the yard unless we are out with them, would you double the size of the coop? Also, building in Denver, CO so drainage is not an issue. Would you still recommend a concrete foundation? Thanks!

By: Jaden Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:10:32 +0000 Gary – that’s fantastic! We’re so happy you love the coop!

By: Jaden Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:09:46 +0000 Hi Andrew – the plans are available to download – the link is at the end of the post, right before comments!

By: Andrew Gomme Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:23:40 +0000 Can you send me the plans in a PDF format.
Thank you
I am going to start the project next week.
Will send you photos when finished.

By: gary Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:42:49 +0000 Thanks for the great write up and plan!!! Built the coop last week that is virtually identical only larger in size. I really appreciate the attention to detail that you provided. My daughter and her family are a very happy group thanks to your generosity in sharing the plans. All the best.

By: Scott Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:54:49 +0000 Cost of the project can range depending on the materials used, and if you used reclaimed items. If going with new materials it can pricey, upwards of $1000 or more. Choice of siding and roofing material being the biggest cost items. Going with reclaimed wood can reduce the cost associated with the project dramatically.

By: Scott Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:49:34 +0000 - I didn’t put together a materials list for the full project yet. I can give you some ballpark figures from what I remember:
2 – 14′ 2×4’s
6 – 12′ 2×4’s
50 – 8′ 2×4’s
9 – 92″ 2×4 wall studs for roof beams.
~20 – 8′ 1×2 furring strips (cheaper than normal 1×2’s)
~30 – 8′ 1×4 furring strips for trim work and roof (these were had rounded edges and were cheaper.)
1 – 3/4″ 4’x8′ plywood for floor
4 – 1/2″ 4’x8′ plywood for roof sheathing
6 – 4’x8′ shipboard siding (a lot was wasted and could have been used for nesting boxes.)
4 – 3/4″ 16″x48″ craft boards for nesting boxes.
1 – 6′ 1×10 for ramp
1 – 1/4″ 2’x2′ plywood board for door.
1 roll of 3′ wide 1/2″ hardware cloth.
3 rolls of 2′ wide 1/2″ hardware cloth.
6 large hinges for doors and nesting box cover
6 small hinges for window covers.
2 heavy duty latches for doors
4 buckle hinges for window covers and nesting box latches
10′ small link black chain
6 small snap latches to keep door locks closed and window covers open.
2 metal plant hangers for feed and water
4 metal eye hooks for chicken ramp
5 larger metal eyes for door rope guides
15′ small white rope
Various gutter pieces to make 14′ gutter with downspout and end caps.
10 – gutter mounting clamps.

1/2 cubic yard of granite rock for sub floor
1 cubic yard of sand for run floor
1 role of 3′ wide weed barrier cloth

linoleum for coop and nesting box floor

16d Galvanized Nails for framing
10d Galvanized Nails for toe nailing framing
8d Galvanized Nails for joining 2×4’s together back to back

1 3/4″ Outdoor screws to join trim and plywood to 2×4’s
2 1/2″ Outdoor screws to join 2×4’s together (eg to sandwich hardware cloth)
1 3/4″ Galvanized Roofing Nails

pop-rivets for gutter

Gutter sealant
2 cans spray paint for gutter
paint for coop

roof material and parts.

*** I’m sure I have overlooked some of the parts. Use nails for framing as they are good against shearing and use screws where you want to pull things together tightly like out framing and walls to studs. If your husband is proficient toe nailer then the roofing beam plates I used aren’t needed.

By: Jaden Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:41:22 +0000 Hi Tony – we don’t have a PDF version, just the sketchup version.

By: Tony Serio Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:31:26 +0000 Can you please send me the plans of this coop in your pdf file instead of the sketchup. We have chickens inbound this coming June and I want to start building a coop. Your design looks great and looks reasonable to build. I may have to expand the measurements just a bit as we are getting 9 chickens.