Carpentry Skills

A Man Measuring and Marking Prior to Making His Cuts

Carpentry Skills Needed for Construction of Your Family’s Chicken Coop

You may not consider yourself an all around do-it-yourselfer; with the necessary carpentry skills needed to build your own coop.

But if you can read a tape measure, cut, sand, drill, screw, and pound in a nail, you’ll probably do just fine building a chicken coop. Your flock isn't going to give you a hard time if your coop isn't perfect.

In order to accomplish the job of building or putting together your chicken coop, you’ll need to feel at ease performing the some basic steps or you may want to consider buying rather than building your chicken coop.

Basic Skills You'll Need

Driving Screws: This is usually done using a drill to drive in or remove screws. It’s pretty simple once you've done it a couple of times, there’s not much of a learning curve here other than figuring out your drill’s different speed and torque settings and in all honesty a lot of folks just use their drill just as it is set straight out of the box.

Hammering: The best part of construction is pounding nails with a hammer. It should be easy with the right hammer and the proper technique. If the hammer is too big or heavy, choke up on it (move your hand closer to the hammer head) this will make it easier to control. Also, know how to toe-nail boards together at non-standard angles and how to remove nails with the end of your claw hammer.

Leveling: Understand how to read a level to check your work as you build, ensuring that everything is level (straight across), plumb (straight up & down), and square (two angles joined correctly). Pretty simple really, the bubble right in the middle of the lines means its level.

Measuring and Marking Materials: Measure Twice, Cut Once! Best advice ever. Do this and you’ll save a bunch of time and money by avoiding cutting mistakes. Be sure you know how to read your measuring tape or ruler accurately and take your time when marking your cut lines. 

Cutting Material: Safety is the most important aspect than when making a cut. Always check the material you’re about to cut for knots, old nails, etc., before beginning your cut. Accuracy is a close second to safety. Most coops require not just straight 90-degree cuts but also 45 degree, and more complex angled cuts, as well as long rip cuts.

Once you feel comfortable with your skill level, you may want to consider purchasing a set of plans or using one of our free chicken coop plans available here.

Building a chicken coop can be a wonderful experience for you and your family to share.

With a little planning and some patience even a family that is just starting their new adventure raising chickens can successfully build a chicken coop to fit the needs of their new flock of backyard chickens.

And Remember...

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


Have fun and relax, you're gonna do great!

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