How To Build An 8x10 Chicken Coop - May 2023

How to Build an 8×10 Chicken Coop

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By Editorial Staff

Last Updated May 16, 2023

Chickens are a great addition to any backyard. They provide fresh eggs, help control pests, and can be a source of companionship. If you’re thinking about raising chickens, one of the first things you’ll need to do is build a coop.

This blog post will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to build an 8×10 chicken coop.

How to Build an 8x10 Chicken Coop

How to Build an 8×10 Chicken Coop

1. Choose a location for your coop.

The coop should be placed in a sunny, wind-protected location. It should also be near a source of water.

2. Gather your materials.

You will need the following materials to build an 8×10 chicken coop:

  • 2x4s
  • Plywood
  • Roofing shingles
  • Chicken wire
  • Hardware cloth
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Wood glue
  • 3. Build the frame of the coop.

The coop’s frame is composed of 2x4s. The frame should be 8 feet broad by 10 feet long by 6 feet high..

4. Attach the plywood siding.

Once the frame is complete, the plywood siding can be installed. Nails or screws should be used to secure the plywood siding to the frame.

5. Install the roof.

The coop’s roof can be built of roofing shingles or plywood. The roof should be slightly sloped to let water drain away from the coop.

6. Add the chicken wire.

The chicken wire should be fastened to the coop’s structure to keep hens from escaping. Nails or screws should be used to secure the chicken wire to the frame.

7. Add the hardware cloth.

The hardware cloth should be attached to the bottom of the coop to prevent predators from digging under the coop. The hardware cloth should be attached to the frame using nails or screws.

8. Add a door.

The coop should have a large door for you to access the coop. The door should be attached to the frame of the coop using hinges.

9. Add a nesting box.

Each chicken should have at least one nesting box in the coop. The nesting boxes should be put in a coop area that is dark and quiet.

10. Add a roost.

The hens should be able to sleep on a roost in the coop. The roost should be constructed from a strong branch or board.

11. Add a feeder and waterer.

The chickens should have access to a feeder and drinker in the coop. The feeder and waterer (drinkers) should be put in an accessible position for the chickens.

12. Add a litter box.

To collect chicken droppings, the coop should contain a litter box. The litter box should be put in a coop corner and filled with wood shavings or pine.

Once the coop is built, you can enjoy keeping your chickens in better comfort. Chickens are relatively low-maintenance pets and can provide you with years of enjoyment. The coop should be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent dirt and manure buildup. At least once a week, the coop should be swept, and the litter box should be replaced at least once a day.

What kind of chickens should I get?

There are many different breeds of chickens, so choosing a breed that suits your needs is important. If you are new to raising chickens, it is a good idea to choose a breed that is known for being docile and easy to care for. Check this link for the best chicken breeds.

How many chickens can I have?

The number of chickens you can have depends on your coop size and local zoning laws. Most zoning laws allow for up to six chickens per household.

What do I need to feed my chickens?

Chickens need a diet that is high in protein and carbohydrates. You can feed your chickens commercial chicken feed or a combination of commercial feed and scratch grains. Check here what chickens eat and why homesteads prefer scratch and peck feed.

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