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Newbie roof construction question

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Hello,

 

I'm working on planning my first chicken coop/run and am confused about the best way to construct & attach roofing rafters. The coop design working as my inspiration is the Wichita coop, and it looks like with this design the rafters are just screwed into the sides of the top of the wall studs. Here is an example of what I'm talking about from Sam3's build:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/853220/lightbox/post/12877906/id/6172911

 

I've always seen rafters attached using a top plate and notches or hanger ties, something like this:

https://www.icreatables.com/images/photo-gallery-shed-owners/lean-to-shed-photos/4x8-LT-lean-to-boulder-colorado/15-rafters-set-on-end.jpg

 

The first example seems a lot easier to pull off. Is there any major structural disadvantage?

 

Thanks,

Todd

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Hi Todd, Welcome to BYC!

I'm sorry you haven't gotten an answer yet! Unfortunately I'm not the builder! I did go out to my coop today to take a picture of our coop roof for you. My husband and daughter built the roof (the structure didn't have one). This was the first roof they ever put on too!







Hopefully you'll get some other responses too!

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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post #3 of 4

Doesn't the Wichita Coop have plastic panels for roofing?

In that case, the first example should be adequate support.

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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post #4 of 4

Our coop porch has a similar design... Looks like we did similar to your first example. 

 

 

 

With our roof ( different style ) we used hurricane ties for extra support. -  you can see them in the picture below. they were like .60 a piece and figured they couldnt hurt!

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