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post #11 of 13

that's a half monitor Woods Style coop.  Several of us have them on here and they work great!

 

Here's Mine.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/ooodalolly-at-dunrovin-station  I'm on the Prairielands of Nebraska so I get the frigid air masses and UNBELIEVABLE winds, as well as roasting heat and humidity in the summer.

post #12 of 13

The thermal mass on the north wall will help.  I doubt the concrete floor will help.  This will be covered with sand or shavings.  Without direct exposure to solar I doubt it will heat up much.  As well, a fair bit of the solar heat will probably go to evaporating moisture in droppings etc. 

 

I am considering a soda can heater to pump in heated air.  http://www.treehugger.com/solar-technology/how-build-diy-solar-air-heater-old-soda-cans.html  If the cans are filled with rocks or similar (but still allow some air flow) then perhaps they will provide some heat into the night.

Projects:  Coop 1  -  Coop 2  -  Brooder Warmer  -  Chick Feeder  -  Solar Ventilation  -  Lighting
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Projects:  Coop 1  -  Coop 2  -  Brooder Warmer  -  Chick Feeder  -  Solar Ventilation  -  Lighting
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post #13 of 13
I'm firmly sold on the deep litter...

If I was building a coop from scratch I would highly consider 2 foot tall concrete knee walls in the coop, over the 6" ones you have pictured... And would also move the doors up 1-2 feet above the inside floor and use a step in step out... My existing coop is sunken bellow grade and has 2 foot concrete knee walls and it works well to contain the litter and avoid wall rot,, I built a partition wall in the coop and the door is about 1 foot above the floor, it keeps all the litter inside and I don't find it much of a hassle to just step over...
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