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This is the front view. There is a door that opens up on what was the back of the coop in the other pic.
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Good morning!

According to http://www.louispage.com/blog/bid/24427/Heavy-Chicken-Wire-Fence your 17 gauge stucco wire should be fine ... Backed up at the bottom with hardware cloth
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Made by Keystone Steel and Wire in Peoria, Illinois, this "saltwater netting" is woven from heavy 18 gauge wire. 18 gauge wire is more than 30% heavier than the 20 gauge chicken wire available in your local retail store.

Hard to tell from the last picture, but it appears that blue rectangle I added is the door/access, and the red line is the floor line ...
coop_zpsxgf2rdcb.jpg

Also guessing that the red line is 8 long... And guessing that the upright studs are 2' 6" apart ... am I right so far?

I would remove the boards inside of the green square, and build two nesting boxes, each about 15"w X 16" D X 16" H with a lockable access door from the outside ... kinda like mentioned/shown here http://www.thegardencoop.com/blog/2011/03/10/external-nest-box-plans/ but, I'd make the roof hinged, not the wall ... and only a "two holer"! wink.png

And yes, if you extend the floor and walls more it could work, and maybe just stucco wire the the roof, since your gonna put corrugated roofing over the whole run anyways ... Add a few extra vent on the addition too!

The "EASY WAY" to add a roost is to take a 8' long 2'X4" (really 1.5"X3.5") and mount it across the 8' span with the wider 4" side facing up ... usually it is recommended to allow 1' of roost space per bird ... however not all chickens are the same size nor temperament ... you have two smaller bantam's so you may get away with 8' of roost space ... only time will tell ... it is also recommended that the roost is higher than your nesting boxes, and not too close to (parallel) with a wall to allow them room to turn around ... 15"-18" should be enough clearance, they also need room above the roost to not bump their heads when they fly up ....
Edited by 123RedBeard - 9/22/15 at 7:28am
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Good morning!

According to http://www.louispage.com/blog/bid/24427/Heavy-Chicken-Wire-Fence your 17 gauge stucco wire should be fine ... Backed up at the bottom with hardware cloth
Hard to tell from the last picture, but it appears that blue rectangle I added is the door/access, and the red line is the floor line ...
coop_zpsxgf2rdcb.jpg

Also guessing that the red line is 8 long... And guessing that the upright studs are 2' 6" apart ... am I right so far?

I would remove the boards inside of the green square, and build two nesting boxes, each about 15"w X 16" D X 16" H with a lockable access door from the outside ... kinda like mentioned/shown here http://www.thegardencoop.com/blog/2011/03/10/external-nest-box-plans/ but, I'd make the roof hinged, not the wall ... and only a "two holer"! wink.png

And yes, if you extend the floor and walls more it could work, and maybe just stucco wire the the roof, since your gonna put corrugated roofing over the whole run anyways ... Add a few extra vent on the addition too!

The "EAST WAY" to add a roost is to take a 8' long 2'X4" (really 1.5"X3.5") and mount it across the 8' span with the wider 4" side facing up ... usually it is recommended to allow 1' of roost space per bird ... however not all chickens are the same size nor temperament ... you have two smaller bantam's so you may get away with 8' of roost space ... only time will tell ... it is also recommended that the roost is higher than your nesting boxes, and not too close to (parallel) with a wall to allow them room to turn around ... 15"-18" should be enough clearance, they also need room above the roost to not bump their heads when they fly up ....
your assumptions were correct and that is so helpful. I really appreciate your comments. Back to work I go!
post #24 of 25

Glad you bumped the 2' out to 4'.....can't wait to see it progress.

Kudos on the 'field design'.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Glad you bumped the 2' out to 4'.....can't wait to see it progress.
Kudos on the 'field design'.
X 2. Nice ideas RedBeard!
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