Building a Chicken Coop, The Right Tools

Building a Chicken Coop? For Some of You That May Sound Difficult, For Some of You It May Sound Like a Fun Family Project That's No Big Deal.

But, for any of you that are willing to give it a try, it certainly is possible with a little help from your friends here at Families Raising Chickens.

If you or other family members enjoy working with your hands, a backyard chicken coop construction project will be something you'll enjoy.

Building a coop for your backyard chickens can be a fun project for the whole family.

And by building your own coop, you can add your own creative touches to personalize your coop as well as potentially saving money for the family.

Chicken coop plans are also helpful. We have both free chicken coop plans as well as a couple of chicken coop designs available for purchase that you can check out here.

A tape measure and a level are just some of the tools you'll be using.

A good starting point is to become familiar with the tools and the carpentry skills needed for successfully building a chicken coop.

In addition, you will want to discuss among your family members and make decisions about: 

The construction materials needed to build a chicken coop.

Available room in your family’s yard, and space needed in your family’s Chicken Coop.

What are the best ways to prepare a home for your new family of chicken's. 

The types of chicken coops and what best fits the needs of your new chicken family. 


Tools You Need for Building a Chicken Coop

The right tools for building a chicken coop depend on the materials you choose to use and the kind of chicken coop you're going to build. 

Your chicken coop construction plans should include a tool list, but here's a list of common tools your chicken coop project may require:

  • Framing Hammer / Claw Hammer:  Both will work just choose a hammer that you can use comfortably. Even if you're mainly using screws for assembly, you’ll want a hammer for tapping boards into the right position. A pneumatic nail gun really speeds things up if you have access to one.
  • Tape Measure: Use a tape measure that shows incremental measurement at least every 1/16th of an inch. A 12' length should be fine.
  • Levels: Ideally a pocket-sized torpedo level, a medium 2-foot level, and a 4-foot carpenter’s level.
  • Staple Gun(s): These are super handy for tacking together glue joints and attaching your screen mesh.
  • Speed Square or T-square: Speed squares are handy for marking cut lines, laying out and verifying correct angles, and using as a straight edge (must have!).
  • Tin Snips: Pretty much every chicken coop out there will use some type of wire mesh in its design. Tin snips are the fastest, easiest way to cut wire mesh.
  • Sawhorses: Minimum of 2 although 4 is better.
  • Power Drill: Preferably two: set one up to drill your pilot holes, the other for driving screws. If your drill is cordless (preferred), have a spare battery or two charged and ready to go to keep the job moving.
  • Circular Saw and/or Compound Miter Saw:These portable power tools are essential for chicken coop construction. A compound miter saw (chop saw) is in my opinion, a must have!, but a circular saw will do if you don't have a chop saw. You may choose to use saws like a handsaw, table saw (also handy), jig saw or a scroll saw for 

  • Power Sander and Sandpaper: Doing your sanding by hand is fine, but the power sander will save you a ton of time. 
  • Make sure you have the right grades of sandpaper for your application.
  • Wire Cutters
  • Crow Bar / Small Pry Bar
  • Phillips and Flathead Screwdrivers (Just because.)
  • Safety Gear: Don't forget work gloves, dust masks and eye protection. Accidents happen when you least expect it. (I know this all too well!)

And remember...

Always, always use common sense, pay attention and use appropriate safety gear and precautions whenever using tools, especially power tools!

You can get by  without some of these tools, but if you have them, it makes everything faster and easier. Have Fun and Good Luck, You're gonna do Great!

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