Simple open air coop

By 72elizabeth · Jul 21, 2015 · Updated Aug 10, 2015 · ·
  1. 72elizabeth
    Just added this simple place for them to bed down.
    Anyone can build this!!! I'm 75 and not a carpenter. I built this by myself. I also built the open air guinea coop, by myself. The geese coop at this moment is only 8' wide by 10' long and the sides art 5' in height. The ridge beam is 6' high. It is to hot to continue, so I'll add on the other 10' in Oct. when it cools down. I use these measurements for the geese 'cause they do not perch and I'm only 5'. Your measurement should be comfortable for you to stand, so you can feed and clean.
    I stain all wood before I cut. I measure at least 3 times and cut once. I use 2x4's all around and 4x4's for the corners and to hold up the ridge beam I used 1/2" hardware cloth and attached it with washers and screws I dug 2 holes, each 2' deep for the 4x4x8, that will hold up the ridge beam. The ridge beam 2x6x10.I use 2x4 joist hangers for the rafter. I cover the top with a truckers tarp. The truckers tarp lasted 5 yrs on the guinea coop. I just replace it. If you have predators, you can put up 1" hardware cloth for a roof and then cover it with a tarp or metal roofing. I'm not happy with the door, so I'll be changing that when it cools down. I use 3 ladders. I used a fabric that is used in putting road in. It stops the weeds from coming up. I is breathable. I attached it to the 2x4 and drilled small hold in the PVC and attach the curtain to the 1 [​IMG]1/4" PVC. I only put the curtains down [​IMG]

    in very bad weather. I used black bungie strap to hold down the tarp.[​IMG]

    Here's the guinea coop.


    Pm me if I can be of any help.

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    I really love the simplicity of your design. I know I need a larger open air coop and this seems like something I can do myself.
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    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 3, 2018
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  1. Chipper Chicken
    72elizabeth, This is great! Thank you! Clean and straightforward. ;~) you are to be admired!
    And about the truckers tarps, I've used them also. IMO, as long as they DONT have any holes in them they can handle extreme wind, that's what there made for, wind and rain, snow, ice, you name it. IF you get the heavy duty kind that is. There are different brands of course but anything that says "lightweight" steer away from. There is a canvas guy up in ( tri-city) Granite city, IL that has returns and miscuts sometimes pretty reasonable.
  2. jtn42248
    How does the tarp roof hold up to winds. I really like the idea but where I am in West Texas the winds can be fierce, 50 mph straight line gust for days at a time.
  3. Cluckies
    Great job!
  4. 72elizabeth
    Thank you for your comment. If anyone lives in the north, they can use a heavier material. When I lived in VA, I had acquired some heavy felt that was use on machinery at a paper company. It was tough to cut, but it kept the birds toasty.
  5. Brookliner
    I love your coop I especially like your tarp curtains. I use 6 mil contractors plastic in the winter to keep the snow from drifting in. I like the idea of using the pvc pipe to roll them on.

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