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Chicken coop Sss
« on: October 26, 2013, 11:41:21 AM »
I've always hesitated to draw a chicken coop because they are so small. Cutting window openings would be a bear, so a different approach was used as can be seen in the sketches. With a footprint of only 3/4 x 1, it is definitely small, but here is a set of plans for one that you can scratch build. This is my own design, and is based on an Amish prototype. It features a unique roof vent. If you don’t like the colors, you can paint as desired. There is a parts template to print so you can save measuring steps.

Choice of materials is up to you. It can be done in wood but sketches are based on styrene thicknesses. If you use another material adjust dimensions accordingly. You can also adjust openings for your own windows or doors. Window material is easily cut from clear blister pack plastic. Paint parts before assembly, except where the edges glue to other parts.

The building directions and materials are in the sketches, and to make your build easier you can enlarge them to full size and print them out. Read directions in assembly sketches before cutting out parts as you may want to change some sizes or cut fewer, or additional, openings.

Included sketches are: Overview sketches, Parts templates,  Assembly sketches,  and PDF.

To print the part templates actual size, use the PDF's. Select best printer quality, set PDF zoom to 100%, and page scaling to "none" or actual size. Check your printed page to see that 3" lines are exactly 3" long. Once you have template printed, you can cut with scissors (leave a 1/8" border) and arrange on your material for maximum sheet usage. Part templates for siding are a mirror image, when needed, so that you can cut walls with siding side down (easier to cut). Be sure siding grooves are oriented correctly. Use rubber cement or Krylon Easy Tack Repositionable Adhesive to glue paper templates to your material and then just cut on lines. No measuring ! Paper comes off easily.

Cut out parts carefully using a SERB and straight edge. It is important to follow assembly sketches IN SEQUENCE or some parts may not fit.

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Re: Chicken coop Sss
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2015, 04:52:36 PM »
Was looking for inspiration for a coop and I must say, you nailed it here.  Looks just like the one my dad built for our family's flock when I was a kid, save our door was on the opposite end (left and rt side reversed) as you would want to help corral the chickens either in or out.  Fairly sure his plans were from Mother Earth News in the 70's.  Ours didn't have outside corners nor window glazing however.  Just hex mesh chicken wire on the inside with a shutter (on the outside, hinged from the bottom) that closed them up in the winter.  Their small door had also had a shutter (from the top on the outside) to keep them in (or out).  Nesting boxes against the walls and bars for roosts and you are all ready for the flock!   

(Nice job)

PS: I found some N scale chickens for you too... though at 1:148, they will be "healthy".


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Re: Chicken coop Sss
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2015, 07:20:14 PM »
Saved for future use.

Thanks Gary.