For this step, I used 3/4" plywood sheathing and 2x4s, creating four separate panels that would be assembled together just like the cabin bed I built my daughter last spring. In that post, it actually fleshes out a lot of the details on how this portion is structured.
- Panel Leg Height - 75"
- Panel cross brace width (for chicken door and nesting box panels) - 48" (between the legs)
- Rafter length - 34.75"
- Plywood is cut to fit with pocket holes between the legs and cross braces.
- Truss center - 17.5" - it reaches up between the rafters but supports the central ridge 2x4 that spans the entire length.
- Please refer to the Cabin Bed Build for the actual plan reference and specific building instructions for the coop portion!
We planned and marked where the chicken door would go, where the future nesting boxes would be placed, as well as several ventilation windows. Each of those cut-outs were removed using a jig-saw.
Basically modifying the cabin bed plan slightly, I built each panel on the floor, making sure the exterior walls were flush along the back.