Building Chicken Coops For Dummies
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To put the pieces together on any chicken coop you choose to build, you need to feel comfortable performing the following basic actions before you start:

  • Measuring and marking materials: Be sure that you know how to read your tape measure accurately. You’ll also want to pay attention to how you mark a piece of lumber for cutting because an inaccurate or sloppy mark can make a big difference as you put pieces together.

  • Cutting lumber: Follow the necessary steps for cutting board or sheet lumber with your particular saw. Nothing is more important than making a cut safely, but making an accurate cut is a close second. Most coops require not only straight 90-degree cuts but also long rip cuts and more complex angled cuts.

  • Hammering: Pounding nails should be easy with the right hammer and the proper technique. Also, know how to toe-nail two boards together at tricky angles and how to remove nails with the claw end of a hammer.

  • Driving screws: Using a drill to drive (or remove) screws is a pretty intuitive skill for most (even novice) builders, but take some time to get to know your drill’s features and torque settings and how to use them to achieve the best results.

  • Leveling: Understand how to read a level to check your work as you build, ensuring that everything is level, plumb, and square.

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Todd Brock is a television writer and producer whose work includes PBS's Growing a Greener World, DIY Network's Fresh From the Garden, and HGTV's Ground Breakers. He is the coauthor of Building Chicken Coops For Dummies. Dave Zook owns Horizon Structures, which makes custom chicken coops. Rob Ludlow is the owner of, a top source on raising chickens, and the coauthor of Raising Chickens For Dummies. Rob and his family raise a small flock in their backyard.

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