Bsbs Chicken Coop

By bsb · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. bsb
    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 ( ), 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:

    I used Google Sketch-Up to help figure out the truss design:

    Here is how it is coming together...

    The Frame - Doubled 2x6 rim joists

    The Joists - 2x6 with doubled center span

    The Floor - true 1x4 lumber

    The Floor & Ramp Opening - I decided to drop the ramp down to the space under the coop for Winter shelter.

    Framing - the front wall

    The Helpers - Ever-present, the Chickens, inspecting every phase of construction

    The Walls - 3 of the 4 exterior walls up

    The Truss Jig - Assembling the trusses

    One Truss Up - Not in place, but balanced on the front and back walls.

    95% Framing Completion - The purlins not yet installed, all major structural components are complete.

    The Skids - For mobility and tax purposes, the structure is mobile. I decided on three skids. True 4x6, center-cut telephone pole lumber.

    Resting on the Skids - Luckily my 3 ton floor jack can move the building on and off the blocks easily.

    The Skid Bolt-Up - The rim joists carry most of the load, resting directly on the skids.

    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.

    The Wrapped Body - I decided to use house wrap (guess the source), to help control drafts. We do get some wind in the Winter.

    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.

    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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Recent User Reviews

  1. Texas Kiki
    "Nice bones"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 4, 2018
    Where are the photos of the finished inside?


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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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