For Sub Beginners Like Me Episode 2

By Roxannemc, Apr 11, 2012 | | |
  1. Roxannemc
    'For SUB-Beginners (Like me ) Episode 2.

    Base is done and now the walls frames needed to be made.
    I unscrewed the frames base boards i had screwed down alone (WHAT WAS I THINKING?) and then made 2 side frames.Did need a lot of shims on the braces
    I have worried every day that ths space will be too small for my 11 chickens so last minute decided on it to be not 4x4x4 but 4 x 4 by 6 H. thats seems to be enough sq footage if i did my math correctly.(You never know) but need more wood now.
    Funny how i spend my early wake up moments and last thoughts of the day on how it will look inside and out. PLANS PLans
    My taller plan i THINK will only change the sides but the rest of the plans should be the same if i am not forgetting some important factor.(Will see!)
    Now wondering if the chickens can fly to a perch up 5 feet? Do i need a partial floor at about 3 feet?

    I DID figure out how to keep some of the wood chips from spraying my face as i cut left handed with the circular saw...just stand back farther behind the saw not to the side so much . The last cuts were true so i am thrilled i am making progress on carpentry 101.

    Had problems getting screws back out of the wood though.They just spun around but figured if i put the point down hard on something to put pressure they would come back out with drill on backwards..It worked !
    They all did but one and i hammered it out.So no lost wood.Thank goodness .
    Now onward and upward...

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  1. Roxannemc
    THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THE INFO.YOU ARE RIGHT. .. i DID CHANGE IT TO 4 X 6 FT NOW AT THE LAST MINUTE .
    DID SEEM TOO SMALL TO ME TOO.
    i CHANGED THE HEIGHT TO 6 FT WHICH SEEMS LIKE THAT COULD DO IT. IF NOT I WILL ADD ON TO IT.
    THAT GIVES ME 96 SQ FT NOW THOUGH .
    i THOUGHT I NEEDED 88 BUT A FRIEND OF MINE SAID I NEED LIKE 92. ANYWA Y I WILL HAVE 3 OR 4 THREE FT PERCHES IN A SECOND STORY WITH A PARTIAL FLOOR AND 3 OR 4 NESTS IN THE LOWER LEVEL. MAYBE ANOTHER PERCH OR SO.WILL HAVE TO SEE HOW IT GOES
    .MAYBE IT WILL NEED TO BE EXPANDED EVEN SO NOT SURE .
  2. NovaAman
    Sorry, 4 sq ft of floor space per bird.
  3. NovaAman
    It is too small for 11 birds. 4 square feet of FLOOR SPACE. You have 16 square feet of floor space. I have a 24 square grow out coop, I have 12 birds in it. In 2 more months they will have out grown it. If they are all standing on the floor, they've not got much room to move. Imagine 11 birds in 16 square feet, locked in for 12-16 hours in the winter... You're going to have serious problems.

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