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A-frame design experience

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by meredithfp, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. meredithfp

    meredithfp Out Of The Brooder

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    So I think I've decided on a design.

    http://www.re-store.org/images/stories/pdfs/diy-restore-coop_detail.pdf

    Does anyone have experience with this design? Or is there a similar example out there somewhere? My goal is to build the A's today and get as far as the flooring tomorrow. I'm brand new to building -- zero carpentry skills -- so it'll be an adventure!

    I'd love to know what people think of this design. Is there anything you'd change or add?
     
  2. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    Hi Meredith. The coop you are looking at is really small. How many chickens are you thinking of getting?

    First thing I notice is the lack of ventilation in the coop. If you use this design, make sure the gables have big areas of hardware cloth at the peaks for airflow.

    Chickens sleep on a roost, and I don't see a roost bar in that plan. They like to sleep elevated so their poop falls away from them at night.

    The ramp is too steep. It would be better to make it longer and attach it the other direction. You'll need to add cleats or change it to a ladder instead. They need rungs fro their toes to grip or they can't climb.

    Are you going to have the coop in a secure run or keep them below the coop?
     
  3. meredithfp

    meredithfp Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the response. I'm only planning on having 3-4 chickens, so a small coop will be fine. I ended up combining the coop in the link above with another design I found online -- http://www.ana-white.com/2012/05/plans/frame-chicken-coop?page=2. I'm also making it a bit bigger than both models.

    I've been hemming and hawing for so long, I'm glad I finally got around to diving in and building because now things are becoming more clear and I'm seeing how I can include roosts, ventilation, how to manage the ramp and little things like that. I was afraid to get started until I had every last detail figured out. Now I'm just trusting that I can figure it out as I go.

    Hopefully I'll be done soon and I can post some photos here.
     
  4. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    Totally agree with you there! If you never start, you'll never finish!

    Oh. Remember to put a lip at the doorway and around the chicken opening to keep your litter from falling out.

    Good luck and have fun!
     
  5. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Hmm. four months an not a peep.

    I guess he "never started".
     

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