EmmaDonovan
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  • Feels like we're perpetually in the planning stage. Life happens. Our hoop coop design has expanded to 24x8. That's 16 sq ft per hen, with a dozen hens. Should make for happy layers. I think we've got a design that'll withstand monsoon storms and predators, provide shade and sunshine. Working on the materials and cost list. 😯
    Finally decided on a coop design: 16x8 hoop coop. No more Sketchup, YAY!

    Still undergoing a plumbing disaster at the house, though (water can come in but it doesn't go back out). 😒 I really hope we get it fixed soon so we can start building the coop.

    We're keeping an eye out for local (southern Arizona) started pullets sometime in March, especially heat-hardy prolific layers like leghorns; also EEs.
    Sketchup is officially the most hated program I have ever worked with. 🤬 If I could I'd trash this and buy balsa wood and make a 3D model that way.
    Kiki
    Kiki
    You should start a thread and ask if there are any Sketchup users here will to help you. I'd bet there are.
    EmmaDonovan
    EmmaDonovan
    Hahaha, I would overwhelm them. I just read in another thread that someone taught themselves Sketchup in a few days. What! I've been fighting with it for a month. I have watched dozens of videos and still don't have the information I need to design a chicken coop. I alternate between laughing myself silly at how ridiculously bad the program is, and wanting to throw my computer off the nearest cliff. 🤪
    CaroleW
    CaroleW
    I say that of SketchUp (the alt to AutoCAD & Revit), AutoCAD and Revit - they are all buggy from time to time, but there is little alternative in my professional life.
    Sketchup tutorials on YouTube are a study in how badly some people "teach." So much time wasted. Smh.
    Designing a coop now in SketchUp Make 2017. I'll be building the coop with one other person. We want a 3D image we can both refer to and to determine costs. I am giving extra attention to security, ventilation, and accessibility without stooping and bending.

    So far we are considering EE and leghorn hens, for hardiness and egg production.
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