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The Coospansion... help wanted

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Last year we move to a new (really old) home, with a bit of land to get a little homestead going. In the move my previous coop was damaged by my husband and his buddies. Since thenm our girls have been living in sectioned off portion of our garage. While I was repairing the damaged coop, chicken math took hold and our flock of 5 expanded to a flock of 20. So the repair became an expansion.
In my excitement I forgot a few major things and now find myself with some unexpected "creative opportunities" for this coop and would love your advice and suggestions. Here are the stats:

Southeast Iowa temp extremes -20 to 100F degrees, average temps single digits to 85 degrees, (actual temperature).

The coop is 14" x 8" with an additional alcove which adds 18 sq', total 130 sq' plus a run which will be at least 200 sq' and eventually partially covered.

the height of the North and East walls is 8', the South and west walls are 6' high (creative opportunity #1)

The entrance is on the south side. The south side also has 2 massive pine trees. (Not possible to place the coop so the trees where on the north)

I was hoping to do a somewhat open air design, so the west wall is adapted from the previous run of my old coop. Hence the height difference, and is made of hardware cloth.

the top 18" of the east wall is also open with hardware cloth.

Roof material will hopefully be clear corrigated plastic panels.

My biggest concern is with roofing this beast. I could raise up the south wall to 8' with an extension and do a single slope down to the 6' height of the west side. This sounds easiest to me but I have never roofed anything like this before so I dont have the experience to see the potential problems.

I tried to add pics but I couldnt get them to be the right size. I will figure that out and add them below.
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  Southwest corner, the human entrance will go here, the white part is the alcove, aka teh old coop/hut

 

 North side, will be finished with white trim board and windows

 

 East side, top 18" is covered with hardware cloth for ventilation

 

 west side,height difference in the walls is most visible here. How do I roof this thing???

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Since your lowest wall faces south,I would hesitate to use the clear corrugated roof panels. I think it would get too hot most of the year. Like a greenhouse. Think passive solar....the ancients that lived in the Gila Cliff-dwellings in New Mexico (not as famous as the the Anasazi). Their cliff dwellings almost always Faced south with an overhang. You don't want summer sun, only winter coming through windows, or panels.
I would think about insulating somehow to keep the heat out..so tin by itself wouldn't be good either. Hmmm, but definitely put Windows on south wall....
It would be perfect for solar panels tho....good plywood roof, maybe passive solar DIY, cost for that really is all labor...
Heres the link if you want. You may need to click on "projects" to find the best fit for your purposes....
http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/SpaceHeating/HouseTS/RobTS.htm
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post #4 of 6
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Thanks for the link Chipper chicken! It had some great information. I should have mentioned in my first post though that there are mature pines to the south of the coop. I would have loved ot put the coop to the south of them however it isn't an option, so no direct sunlight hit the roof. My hubby gave me a hand today and we were able to put the trusses up and the gutters.[IMG
Edited by Sseckel - 11/14/15 at 2:09pm
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 today's progress

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