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how big of footprint on cattle panel hoop house?

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How big of footprint can you make out of a cattle pannel (like a hoop house)??? I ask because I'm thinking that may be the easiest way to "fence" my small garden off from my free-rangers.

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post #2 of 9

I can make a hoop high enough to stand up in (call it six feet) while covering a span about eight feet wide.

.....Alan.

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A.T. Hagan :

I can make a hoop high enough to stand up in (call it six feet) while covering a span about eight feet wide.

.....Alan.


I'm only 5ft tall smile
Thanks

*goes out to measure garden length*

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post #4 of 9

me too!  But my hubby is closer to 6ft tall so when we made our cattle panel hoop house/tractor last year, we had to make it 8x8x6 high  to accomodate him smile  this is any easy project that can be done in one afternoon smile

post #5 of 9

IF you are using 2 panels to cover the roof, multiply the distance of each panel by 4. This will give you a "theoretical circle".

That distance (theoretical circle) is C  circumference. Using C=pi times D (diameter), You divide pi into C to get D.

D is the "approximate "footprint" of your "hoophouse".

I have done this when I built my Greenhouse (hoophouse).

So 4 times your panel distance divided by 3.14 will give you an "approximate" width of your hoophouse. (Approximate, because you can "cheat" a little and be OK.)

Pretty simple, really.
-Junkmanme- old
P.S. Incidentally, 1/2 of D is R  (radius)..This will give your the height of your "hoophouse", more or less.


Edited by Junkmanme - 3/19/10 at 4:43pm
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Originally Posted by Junkmanme 

IF you are using 2 panels to cover the roof, multiply the distance of each panel by 4. This will give you a "theoretical circle".

That distance (theoretical circle) is C  circumference. Using C=pi times D (diameter), You divide pi into C to get D.

D is the "approximate "footprint" of your "hoophouse".

I have done this when I built my Greenhouse (hoophouse).

So 4 times your panel distance divided by 3.14 will give you an "approximate" width of your hoophouse. (Approximate, because you can "cheat" a little and be OK.)

Pretty simple, really.
-Junkmanme- old
P.S. Incidentally, 1/2 of D is R  (radius)..This will give your the height of your "hoophouse", more or less.


I failed geometry once and barely skimped by the second time. Yer speakin greek to me! lol

Give me a complex chemical equation any day!

My garden has crossties around it, and the one on the longest side is 9ft long. I think I can make this work since I'm only 5ft tall, plus once the garden gets up I don't really do much weeding anyway tongue

I expect that I may plant the tomatoes near the edges and use part of the "wall" for their supports. Last year I grew tomatoes on the ground (no staking) and produced more than I could eat --- AND the chickens left them alone if I was careful to pick the red ones off before I let them out of the coop, but this year I want to grow a few more things that they might find rather tasty! gig

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post #7 of 9

Perhaps THIS sketch (taken from Robert Plamondon's website) will be of some help.

This is the "website" it was taken from:   attra.ncat.org/ attra-pub/poulthous.html

Here is the sketch:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/796_chicken_hoophouse.jpg

The Height of your hoophouse will be "approximately" 1/2 of the width ("footprint").

Hope this helps a little.  smile

-Junkmanme-old

post #8 of 9

Tala,

A few years ago, I built a greenhouse (hoophouse). I used PVC pipe and plastic sheeting, which would, of course, NOT BE PRACTICAL for raising fowl......but the ideas and principles are basically the same.

Here is a picture of the inside during construction. Perhaps THIS will also give you some ideas or guidance.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/796_my_hoophouse_door.jpg


The door-frame bracing may be of some use to you, as well as the design of the Center top-beam support.

GOOD LUCK !!! smile
-Junkmanme- old

post #9 of 9

Chookaholic also did one, and has great pictures here on a thread somewhere - he mentioned size of materials, etc. so between him and Junkmanme, you should get a good idea of what you need.  I LOVE these, and hope to do one myself soon- it's something I think I could do with minimal help from DH.

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