Ark coop building and ventilation questions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pinkaliboo, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. pinkaliboo

    pinkaliboo Out Of The Brooder

    I started building my "ark" style coop using a rough sketch that had the approximate size and list of building materials that I found on a website. No instructions on building it tho so I am "winging" it. I am going to use hardware cloth on the top third of one side of the coop portion of the ark with clear plastic on the bottom 2/3rds for light. The coop area is 5.5' x 28" wide. I am planning on putting the roost lenghtwise down the middle.

    My question is all the spaces around the sides and bottom where the wood doesn't meet. I thought I had built it incorrectly, or it is a design flaw since there is about a 3/4" gap where the wood is not flush with the frame due to the 1 x 3s used to anchor the sides and door flaps. I was going to cover the spaces up, but now I am wondering if they are for ventilation?

    Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. I live in Huntington Beach, CA so we have pretty nice weather here most of the time. We get frost at night a few times in the winter and usually light ocean breezes in the afternoons. This is a side view of the coop so you can see the spaces that I am concerned about.

  2. mtnhens4

    mtnhens4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    Western NC
    Great looking Ark! how many chickens are you going to have?
    If it was mine I would close up those spaces either with hardwear cloth for ventilation or strips of 1x3 screwed in place for security, if you leave them as they are you could have a rodent problem in your feed.
    I'm excited to see your finfished product, keep up the good work.
  3. pinkaliboo

    pinkaliboo Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks for the advise and encouragement. I've never built anything like this before so it has been an experience trying to figure it out and learning to use a skillsaw, jigsaw and miter saw! I am bracing the ends of the frames with the triangle pieces and using screws on everything instead of nails in case I ever decide to dismantle it to move.

    I have 3 hens (I hope they are hens anyways) right now that are 4 weeks old. 1 Brown leghorn, 1 easter egger and 1 barred rock.

    I will post pictures when it is finished, hopefully this weekend if it doesn't rain again.

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