2x2 construction or 2x4 construction??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickylou, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. chickylou

    chickylou Songster

    Jan 29, 2009
    One more questions! [​IMG]

    When framing out the smaller coops, are they 2x2 construction or 2x4 construction?

    It's hard to tell on some of the pictures. I know 2x4 might be more durable, but is it necessary, especially in a sheltered environment?

    I'd really like some input because as a woman leading her children to work on much of the project, I'd like to work with the smaller stuff. Any thought?

    Thanks Again!
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    2x2? Where do you get those? They are way too small.

    If it's a small coup and you need to stick to a budget than you can use 2x3s. Home Depot has them for around $1.75 each. Personally I won't
    use anything smaller than 2x4s/ You can get them for around $2.25 each.

    Most premade sheds from Home Depot are 2x3 construction. They try and
    save every penny.
  3. backyard-maine

    backyard-maine Hatching

    Dec 24, 2008
    I used 2x3 for my coop, it was 6x8 at 8ft high and it worked out great.
  4. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle 9 Years

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    Quote:I don't think you save money using 2x2s. They are a more specialized size of lumber. You can get green 2x4s really cheap at HD. And if you have the time, you can search craigslist for free 2x4s that someone is trying to rehome. I built most of my coop with reclaimed lumber from CL. (I also pulled a lot of nails!)

    I built many things with my boys when they were quite young. Youngsters can handle 2x4s. Good luck!
  5. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    I agree with the above posts, I wouldnt use 2x2s, they are much to small. At least go with 2x3s or 2x4s.
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Are we talking walk-in coop, or reach-in coop/tractor?

    I would not even CONSIDER using 2x2s for a walk-in size coop, and would avoid 2x3s for most parts of 'em as well.

    But for a small reach-in coop, no more than 4' wide and no more than 2-3' tall, I would certainly be open to using 2x2s for some parts if I had them around already.

    (2x2s of DECENT quality are more expensive than 2x4s, though, and the crappy ones are not worth using; the only way they can be cheaper than 2x4s is if you have a saw with a ripping fence and can *make* 2x2s out of 2x4s)

    HOWEVER, it is actually *harder* to work with 2x2s than 2x4s... I think 2x4s would be much much mroe appropriate when kids are involved. Reasons being, a) 2x2s require you to be much more accurate in your nailing/screwing, and b) they are more apt to split and thus require a bit more finesse and care.

    Really their main value is when you're trying to minimize weight for a tractor. Anything else, especially if kids are involved, I really think you're best of (and cheapest off) with 2x4s.

    Good luck, have fun,

  7. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Quote:Great points Pat. I have built my tractors out of 1x3 pine stock. It's light
    but no cheaper than 2x4's.

    Sometimes I'll by 3/4" ply and rip it into strips. This is not an east thing
    to do.
  8. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    If you can rip 2X2s out of 2X4s or larger they work great for tractors. Helps with weight. Predrilling holes is a must. Walk in coops need 2X4s.
  9. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    You can check out all of my coops on my BYC page. We used 2x2 (2x4's ripped in half on table saw) on all of them. They are all very strong and the ones that are movable are much easier to do so. 2x4 is absolute overkill unless you're constructing one to be similar to a small home [​IMG]

    Another thing: Once you ad the exterior siding, that will ad even more strength to your coop.

    These are our coops. You can view step by step pics on my BYC page.

    We actually used 1x2's and 1x3's to make this one
    This is our newest one and my favorite. It is solid as a rock.

    edited to say: I agree that you should pre-drill any screw holes when driving with the grain because it's easier to split. We've never had problems when driving screws against the grain.

    And Steve, if that's your coop in your avatar then I just have to say, I hate you [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2009
  10. Steve

    Steve Ye Olde Henhouse Builder

    Quote:You can get 2x2's at any lumber yard (least you can here) I use them for batter boards when laying out a house, garage or barn they come packaged in bundles.

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