American Girl Chicken Coop

Posted on Feb 13 2015 - 8:07pm by Rudy

American Girl Chicken Coop

American Girl Chicken Coop

I know that you have been dying to see this especially since I leaked pictures of the project on American Girl Ideas Facebook page!  First, if you see it and love it you should make it!  It is such an easy project and will only take you about an hour to build.  It took longer to spackle, sand and paint! Plus, with Kit’s new Chicken Keeping outfit she needs a place to actually keep her chickens!  She can’t have an outfit and have nothing to do while wearing it right?!

Kit related posts:

Kit’s Reporter Set

Kit’s Chicken Keeping Set

Kit’s Tree House

Shopping list:

1 – 1/2’’ plywood @ 2’ x 4’
1 – 1’’ x 1’’ @ 16’’
Wood Glue
1 – 3/8’’ Nails for 18 Gauge Nailer

Cut List:

1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 7’’ x 4’’ – Chicken Coop Bottom
2 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 4 1/2’’ x 4’’ – Front & Back of Chicken Coop – See diagram for cutting front door.
2 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 6 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’ – Chicken Coop Sides
4 – 1’’ x 1’’ @ 3’’ – Chicken Coop Legs
2 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 7 3/4’’ x 3 3/4’’ – Roof of Chicken Coop – Cut sides of roof pieces at 45 degrees.
2 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 4’’ x 2 13/16’’ – Roof Triangles – Follow Diagram

1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 5’’ x 2 1/4’’ – Side Coop Wall
2 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 2 3/4’’ x 2’’ – Sides to Side Coop – Follow Diagram
1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 5’’ x 1’’ – Side Coop Bottom
1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 6’’ x 3 3/4’’ – Side Coop Roof – Cut one side at 45 degrees.
1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 6’’ x 1’’ – Side Coop slat.
1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 10’’ x 2 3/4’’ – Coop ramp

Tools:

18 Gauge Nailer
Tape Measure
Jig Saw
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Hearing Protection
Safety Glasses
Pencil
Sanding Block
Level

Optional – Scroll Saw

Step 1:

This is a diagram for the front doorway to show you how I cut it.

American Girl Chicken Coop

 

Step 2:

Cut your two triangles for the roof top supports. *Optional*Also, cut the two smaller rooftop supports.

American Girl Chicken Coop

American Girl Chicken Coop

Step 3:

Nail the chicken coop bottom to the legs.  Be sure to secure with wood glue as well for extra strength.

American Girl Chicken Coop

Step 4:

Attach all four walls to each other by nailing together and using wood glue.

American Girl Chicken Coop

Step 5:

Turn the walls upside down and nail the bottom piece with legs into place.

American Girl Chicken Coop

Step 6:

Add the triangles.  Use wood glue on the bottom of triangle and use a nail gun at the base of the triangles to secure into the top of the wall.

American Girl Chicken Coop

Step 7:

Add the roof.  Be sure to use plenty of nails, you can sparkle them and will not be able to see them.

American Girl Chicken Coop

Step 8:

*Optional.  The side of the chicken coop is completely optional. You can add it like I did just for looks, not add it at all, or make it where the top is left off to store chicken feed. It’s up to you!

Nail the side coop wall into place.

American Girl Chicken Coop

Step 9:

Nail the side coop bottom and walls into place.

American Girl Chicken Coop

Step 10:

Add the side coop front by nailing into place.

American Girl Chicken Coop

Step 11:

I just stuck the ramp on.  I did not secure it because I wanted the coop to be able to fit away for storage and the ramp can be easily pulled out for play time.

American Girl Chicken Coop

Final Product

Make sure to spackle all the nail holes, give the entire piece a good sanding, prime and paint it the color of your (your childs) choice.

American Girl Chicken Coop

American Girl Chicken Coop was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Kristina November 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm -

    I LOVE this! But there is no way to print it? I tried to copy and paste it into a Word doc and it wouldn’t let me. And I don’t see a print button or a way to download the plans as maybe a .PDF or something. Thoughts???

  2. kk February 14, 2015 at 8:22 am -

    i love it