Originally Posted by 0wen
I have an 8' x 16' Hoop Coop. 4" x 4" x 16' baseboards on the sides and 2" x 4" x 8' baseboards on the ends. These are setting on concrete blocks or concrete end caps (I used them to level on a slope) which are setting on buried rabbit fencing. The length of the coop, like blucoondawg, is arched cattle panels. I covered my panels in hardware cloth (because I live rural and we have coons, coyotes, etc and while I've all ready shot a lot of them - there's always more to go around). I used t1-11 plywood to make my end cap walls. The front half is completely open run and the rear has an elevated coop (~ 2' off the ground so they can have ground access to the entire thing, essentially having an 8' x 16' run.
The coop is basically the entire rear 8' x 8' but is really around 8' x 6' because I made straight side walls on the coop instead of curved walls so I had to come in about a a foot on each side to fit inside the hoop walls. I basically made a frame that attached to the rear framed plywood and my center post and added plywood walls. I didn't build a roof for the coop (since I have a heavy duty trucker's tarp (TSC) covering the rear of the entire hoop coop. I just covered the top of the coop with hardware cloth for ventilation. I'll add photos soon but basically it's a big box without a roof inside an 8 x 16 hoop coop. A lot of people just stack straw bales or such to act as a windbreak and that was my original plan as well, but 1.) I had a lot of extra lumber laying around, & 2.) I'm one of those sissy types that worry about my birds so wanted to give them another level of security by adding the coop to help against the elements and predation. I think that the hay/straw/whatever windbreaks are perfectly fine and would be using it if I didn't have a ton of extra lumber laying around.
That sounds like a great set up! I never even realized you could have a big coop like that with this, I had just heard of people using just the hoop part or of making a small huddle box thing but never realized I could have a "normal" coop. Too bad we bought the wood for ours but that's okay. It will look nice. I'm thinking we will make ours 8x16 too.
Originally Posted by blucoondawg
It's a good idea to have 2 people to bend the panel's they're quite stiff.
The tarp is used to keep rain out if your using it as a run only and have a separate coop its not necessary unless you want to provide shade.
I haven't had issues with any predator, a hoop coop is a very strong coop there isn't a dog in earth that could break into one unless it was small enough to get through the squares.
It's not necessary to run a beam down the middle or will stand alone even with snow load in winter if you don't tarp or you won't even have snow load
I'll try to remember to take a picture of mine when I go feed the pigs
Should be easy enough to get at least 2 people because we have my dad and I plus we could probably get my brothers to come home.
I might put the tarp over part of it so they can be outside without having to be in the coop on bad weather days.
That's good to know and reassuring that it's strong enough to keep stuff out
I find it so interesting it just can stay up by itself. And you're right about not having no snow load. Forgot about that.
I would love a picture when you get the chance