Originally Posted by ScottandSam
Ok so while digging around on google I ended right back here.
I need to build something smaller for two rooster. I could move a rooster out from time to time and bring in some hens. If the roosters can't live together? I might look to go bigger and throw a wall of chicken wire down the middle. and put roosters on each side. Anyways I was thinking how small a woods could be built. I would be cutting most the structural lumber from eastern red cedar for this project. So If I need to adjust my cutting for dimensional lumber? I'd rater not . I got a lot t&g sitting around for flooring and siding.
Things I need to know if I can change. To face it south on my property can the coop door or nesting boxes be moved? Best for me is pop door north to run that butts up to hen house run. nesting boxes east preferably or west.
So what are any ones thought on that?
Scott....this discussion was started by Howard to examine the feasibility of scaling down the Woods coop design to a 'smaller back yard' size.
Another discussion and modeling of the scaled down concept can be found buried in this thread:
Design was worked out pretty fully I think, but no one has built a test model, yet, maybe you're the one to do that?
I know you have the skills and now you've got a need.
But, First, understand that the Woods concept was created for very cold climates to maximize ventilation while eliminating drafts during winter.
Tho the high clerestory roof line with operable windows could make for excellent ventilation in warmer climes as well.
The 2 main and key design components that make a Woods truly a Woods are:
-Proportion of depth and width of coop.
-All windows and vents (except the large front one) must be kept tightly closed during cold weather to create the 'air cushion' effect which eliminates drafts at the back of the coop where the roosts are.
Materials are pretty much up for grabs, IMO, as long as they conform those 2 key design points.
The south facing can facilitate solar gain but is not essential....nor is prevailing wind orientation.
The pop door should be close to the front part of a Woods to keep drafts from back of coop.
Doesn't really matter where the nests are.
Edited by aart - 3/19/17 at 7:03am