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Bsbs Chicken Coop

By bsb, Jan 11, 2012 | | |
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    The Taj-Ma-Coop
    The plans started out as a 10x12 shed with a conventional roof. Then I found a link to a 10x12 chicken coop (http://bioengr.ag.utk.edu/extension/ExtPubs/Plans/6248.pdf ), but I didn't like the height, the roofline, and the side walls.
    The Rough Design - I decided to mix it up a bit and ended up with this rough design:
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    I used Google Sketch-Up to help figure out the truss design:
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    Here is how it is coming together...

    The Frame - Doubled 2x6 rim joists
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    The Joists - 2x6 with doubled center span
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    The Floor - true 1x4 lumber
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    The Floor & Ramp Opening - I decided to drop the ramp down to the space under the coop for Winter shelter.
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    Framing - the front wall
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    The Helpers - Ever-present, the Chickens, inspecting every phase of construction
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    The Walls - 3 of the 4 exterior walls up
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    The Truss Jig - Assembling the trusses
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    One Truss Up - Not in place, but balanced on the front and back walls.
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    95% Framing Completion - The purlins not yet installed, all major structural components are complete.
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    The Skids - For mobility and tax purposes, the structure is mobile. I decided on three skids. True 4x6, center-cut telephone pole lumber.
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    Resting on the Skids - Luckily my 3 ton floor jack can move the building on and off the blocks easily.
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    The Skid Bolt-Up - The rim joists carry most of the load, resting directly on the skids.
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    The Interior Roof - Purlins in place. You can also see the 4 inch I-beam that spans the structure to eliminate the need for vertical truss supports.
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    The Wrapped Body - I decided to use house wrap (guess the source), to help control drafts. We do get some wind in the Winter.
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    Looking in the Front Door - The back 8 x 2 foot screened windows can be seen. There will be a hinged door on the outside, for controlling ventilation. In the Winter I will have foam/plywood inserts for the inside.
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    Next steps & Photos:
    1. Siding (board and batten)
    2. Roof
    3. Interior walls: Insulation and plywood paneling
    4. Gutters and water collection system for semi-auto watering
    5. Nest boxes, roosts, interior partition walls

    Ciick here to download my Sketch-Up File .

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  1. Urk-ah-urk-ah-urr'
    Can't wait to see the finished project. Congrats on recyled materials. Is the flooring recyled as well? Looks great!

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