yea the roofing has always been our main costs, we finally realized we could purchase rolled roofing cheapest and since we do a single angle roof, you never see it anyways! DOH, we only figured that out on our LAST and final breeder COOP build We learned quite a few tricks as we made a few of them. always make them so you never have to step inside a run or coop to feed water or collect eggs, it keeps you clean and free of poop and dust. Make a string or auto run door so you dont have to walk into the run to open it! make sure this cant be effected by winter ice and snow! We also have driveway stones up to all fronts of coops, always dry and clean to walk in, and winter snow melts fairly fast after shoveling too. Always keep runs so they have drainage, and a Godzillion other things you learn over time, like 2x4 roost poles on the sides covered with outdoor carpet brushes clean and can easily be dusted with preth dust and keeps feet from frost bite, also keep them 16" from the floor not the foot from the roof like I see first timers do on this site , my poor brahma be like layin on the floor with broken limbs ready for stew pot .
what else is there frmboyinthecity? VENTILATION, omg people are like "they are too cold, stuffing insulation in their coops" I am here yelling at my hubs, "put a darn fan in there!! you are wrong, it needs a fan!!!!! just do it, dont you question me!!!!" <hands on hips>
YUP. People think I'm nuts for wanting to poke as many holes as possible in my coop design. I did upgrade the design to a 1.25x2 m lean-to style one that will go up against the wall that our run is at, due to people saying I'm nuts for only having 1 square meter of coop (even though they only go in to lay eggs and sleep). The lean-to will end up being more cost effective (300 euros and under) and the roofing is probably the cheapest ticket item on the whole list. I will be having it up on stilts and it won't have much height in the main structure, my two bantam sized birds wouldn't make it on the roost otherwise. Now PAINT, that's the pricy stuff for us.
It's only eight hens, but they're my hens and everyone I know is scratching their head over why I care so much about them. They're food and they're eggs and they're productive members of the homestead. I need them as much as they need me!