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Photos of my new coop First step was to make the run base frame (14x5). Then 1/2 " hardware cloth is fastened to the top side with galvanized poultry staples every 4 ". This frame is flipped over and supported by blocks or whatever so you have access to the now bottom side! 6 three foot 2x4s are fastened from beneath at the corners and in the middle of the long side with screws from beneath. 5' X 6' floor frame is constructed and 1/2 "exterior ply is used to deck this. Attach the floor...
Windows, doors and ramps Rear doors are 3/4 inch pine with Z bracing, hinged and latched and sealed with weather stripping. Front doors are 1/8 " glass in a pine frame, hinged on top and latched on the bottom. They are made to fit snugly over the window divider frame and can be opened to any angle by the use of hooks and chains. The ramps are also 3/4" pine made to the...
The tin or steel roof Next steel roofing is attached allowing for a 1" overhang on all sides except the peak, that is left 2"s short for ventilation. The panels are secured with galvanized screws with rubber washers. A piece of the roofing is bent to the angle of the roof and applied as a cap so that it overhangs the panels at the peak! Water proof.
Now the roof framing With the same dimensioned non- treated wood make 2 equal roof frames to the dimensions of 6' 10" x 5' with equal spacing between rafters and 4 nailing spacers spaced at intervals so as to allow for easy attachment. The peak ends are cut to 41 degrees. Attach to wall framing with screws to allow 10" of eave overhang and equally spaced gable overhang. The peaks are secured with 1/2" truss pieces cut to the angle of the peak attached with screws. Now the gable ends of the...
Now the walls Frame the walls with non treated 2x4s split in half 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" to the demensions of 6' l x 5' w and 3' h, with 2 large windows on the south side and 2 full length and width doors in the rear. Spacing on the side is divided into 4 equal spaces, as one of them will be your access doors to the run.
Exterior siding The gable ends are sheathed first with 1/2" ply. The sides , front and back with manufactured imitation barn-wood siding. Hardware cloth is stapled to the front window openings before sheathing! Notice the openings left unsheathed for the later addition of the ramp doors. Then the spaces between the roof and walls are covered with 1/4 " ply( the white pieces along the roofs edge). notching out for the roof nailing spacers. Ventillation holes or hard ware cloth can replace...
The aviary 1 2
Here's some things that make it cozy for them and easy for me! Added insulation and paneling, heated drinking water, steps fpr access and cleaning, food and water in the run, hanging feed storage and a guardian angel named Laff!
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