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Advice on converting our gazebo into a bantam coop?

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Lately we've had a hankering for some bantams, and as we are unable to keep them with our large fowl, we have decided to turn one of the other outbuildings into a separate coop. Of course, we know that a door needs to be attached at one of the two arched entryways, and hardware cloth should cover up all the slats and openings, but there are still a couple things that we would love a little input on. Which areas should be boarded up to prevent drafts while allowing ventilation? Is the wooden shingling in pretty bad shape and should we replace it with metal sheeting or something else? Does it look like we have a simple or difficult job ahead of us? Any specific advice from my knowledgeable fellow BYC-ers would be greatly appreciated. :)

Thank you so much,

-Alex

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Alex the Golden Campine- talented flier, mischievous little busybody, crackly-voiced conversationalist, loyal sidekick, and my sociable, cuddly sweetie.

 

"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

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I would board up what ever wall faces the wind and rain and then put wire and a door on the other side and put in some roost and anything else u were wanting to add
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I would board up what ever wall faces the wind and rain and then put wire and a door on the other side and put in some roost and anything else u were wanting to add

Thank you so much for the useful piece of advice, @Roada Red ! That's just about what we were considering doing, actually. :)

 

-Alex

Alex the Golden Campine- talented flier, mischievous little busybody, crackly-voiced conversationalist, loyal sidekick, and my sociable, cuddly sweetie.

 

"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

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Alex the Golden Campine- talented flier, mischievous little busybody, crackly-voiced conversationalist, loyal sidekick, and my sociable, cuddly sweetie.

 

"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

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Welcome happy to help
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I think a really pretty way to do it would be to paint all the current wood white with a paint sprayer, then mount colored painted sheets of plywood on the inside of the existing gazebo. You could leave spaces at the top for ventilation under the overhang, maybe add some awning-type windows to open in the summer. The shingles do look in bad shape...will either need to be repaired or re-done.
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I think a really pretty way to do it would be to paint all the current wood white with a paint sprayer, then mount colored painted sheets of plywood on the inside of the existing gazebo. You could leave spaces at the top for ventilation under the overhang, maybe add some awning-type windows to open in the summer. The shingles do look in bad shape...will either need to be repaired or re-done.

Good Advice Here^^^

 

First make sure the structural members of the gazebo are strong.

 

Gaps at top of wall protected by eaves could make for excellent winter ventilation...

....especially if you could open the 'windows' on cupola, maybe remove windows and replace with louvers.

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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I think a really pretty way to do it would be to paint all the current wood white with a paint sprayer, then mount colored painted sheets of plywood on the inside of the existing gazebo. You could leave spaces at the top for ventilation under the overhang, maybe add some awning-type windows to open in the summer. The shingles do look in bad shape...will either need to be repaired or re-done.

 

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Good Advice Here^^^

 

First make sure the structural members of the gazebo are strong.

 

Gaps at top of wall protected by eaves could make for excellent winter ventilation...

....especially if you could open the 'windows' on cupola, maybe remove windows and replace with louvers.

Very helpful, guys! :D All this information will definitely come in handy. Yes, the structure is overall quite sound and well-built, it just needs a little TLC to become a safe, well-ventilated residence for my tiny birds. Thankfully, we've got a little time before and after they arrive (March 3rd) to get the job done. Thanks again, everyone!

 

-Alex

Alex the Golden Campine- talented flier, mischievous little busybody, crackly-voiced conversationalist, loyal sidekick, and my sociable, cuddly sweetie.

 

"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

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Alex the Golden Campine- talented flier, mischievous little busybody, crackly-voiced conversationalist, loyal sidekick, and my sociable, cuddly sweetie.

 

"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

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Welcome happy to help if u have any more questions feel free to ask
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