Compact Chicken Coop

This digital PDF set of plans includes clear instructions and graphics to walk you through the entire process to build your own Compact Chicken Coop. The footprint of this chicken coop measures 4′ x 5′. To support the building process, I have a two part video series covering my entire process from start to finish. You can find them here: PART 1 and PART 2




The project was designed and developed by April Wilkerson.

This digital set of plans includes clear instructions and graphics to walk you through the entire process. The footprint of this chicken coop measures 4′ x 5′. To support the building process, I have a two part video series covering my entire process from start to finish. You can find them here: PART 1 and PART 2

These detailed plans are in imperial units. The following is included in the plan:

  • The plan in a downloadable PDF format with 16 detailed pages.
  • Materials list.
  • Layout diagrams for all material cuts and dimensions.
  • Step by step 3D assembly diagrams

Find the plans for the adjoining Chicken Coop Run HERE

Find the plans for the Larger Chicken Coop HERE

To receive your plans:
1. After your order is placed, you will receive a thank you message with a link to download the plans
2. You will also receive an email receipt with a link to download the plans
3. Your account page will have a list of their purchased plans that you can download
Please note that this is not a beginner build and assistance through Wilker Do’s is not available. Our help is limited to the information in the plans and the video tutorial.

The entire plan is included in one PDF document. Most everyone will have a PDF reader installed on their computer already but if you do not you can use the free program Adobe Reader to view the plans. You can download Adobe Reader HERE. The checkout process for this plan uses PayPal. You can use major credit or debit cards through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account. To purchase the plan follow the link below. After you purchase the plan you will receive an email receipt from me containing a link to download your plan. Make sure to check your inbox and spam filter for the receipt. If you do not receive the email within 10-15 minutes or encounter any problems please contact me.


  1. Bruce Graybill (verified owner)

    I have purchased several plans from April. I love her channel and the cut lists are usually easy to follow.

    This one has a typo in the cut list. On Figure M on board cut G, it says to cut it at 51 and 5/8 but everywhere else in the plan it says to cut at 56 and 1/8.

    I also wish that each section of the plans would have a better description of where each size board goes into position.

    I am just trying to give honest feed back on the plans. I will be purchasing more plans from April.

  2. patrickcraddock2 (verified owner)

    I bought these plans. I have to say they are a bit confusing. The cut list is hard to match up with the plans themselves as none of the pieces are marked from the cut list onto the plans. Currently I’m working on the windows and it’s hard to tell if April is using scrap wood or if these are marked pieces. And there are no real dimensions given for some of the pieces. Like for the windows it says use “2×2’s flush to the outside” as well as a “3/4″ strip flush to the inside”. I don’t know if that is a 2×2″ as in I cut a 2×2 piece, or if that’s a 2×2″ from the store which is 1-1/2″x1-1/2″.

  3. brigette (verified owner)

    I am so excited to build this chicken coop for our ladies and rooster. I have been searching for months trying to make a decision and then also find some plans to match my vision for our hen house. This was exactly what I had in mind! We are making it a family project.

  4. Joshua Parris (verified owner)

    I am currently building this, converting everything from Inches to Centermeters, as I am in Australia. Seem’s to be working well so far. Thanks April for the excellent design and instruction videos / plans. I look forward to completing this project.

  5. Matthew Shearn (verified owner)

    I purchased these plans after watching April’s video (probably 100 times). It was exactly what I wanted for my urban chicken coop. Unfortunately it was going to be a little too big to be approved by my city, but April’s plans are so easy it was effortless for me to determine where and how I could make simple alterations to her plans to ensure my coop would be permitted by the city. THANKS APRIL! I am already starting to work on other projects you have available.

  6. benjamin.carrancho

    Hey Joshua,
    How’d you go with converting to metric? I would need to do the same so I’m contemplating whether or not to make this purchase.
    Did you finish the build yet?

  7. Jay Gosson (verified owner)

    I ordered the plans and built the coop and run over the summer. The only change to the plans I would recommend is to label each piece with the corresponding letter or number from the cut sheet. I realize they are color coded, but that doesn’t help when you print out your plans on a b&w printer. Everything went together well. Some of the instructions for the trim was a bit confusing. I trimmed out the nesting boxes before realizing that I then had to extend out the lid in order to have an overhang for a drip edge.

  8. tim-5176 (verified owner)

    I purchased this plan about a year ago and was disappointed that there was no cut angles given for the roof 2x4s. I found the overall plan very confusing to follow with a poorly laid out cut list and just confusing as a general rule. I know that this was an inexpensive plan and was maybe expecting too much but I would have rather spent more to get a better plan. I am a very experienced builder so I was able to figure it out.
    A year later I would like comment on the functionality. The coop design is difficult to get access for cleaning and requires a Houdini act to access upper areas. There are many crevices for thing like mites to live and multiple so instead of taking a few hour to clean it too all day.
    I would not recommend this design
    Tim Penstone Alberta Canada

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