Building first coop, need some info please

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bigdog100, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. bigdog100

    bigdog100 In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2008
    I have a space under my deck that we used as a garden. It is a bout 8x12 and I want to enclose it with 5' welded wire fencing and then wrap it in chicken wire to keep small critters out. How would I put a roof on it so :

    1. i could walk into the coop
    2. Not have it sag and look like hell
    3 Install a gate

    Someone mentioned using a cloth roof or plastic fencing.

    I am going to cement 4 post in each corner to hold the fence up.

  2. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    I'm not sure, but would be interesting in finding out myself.
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I may not be understanding here so ignore me if I'm off.

    If it's under the deck then your deck itself is the roof?? If you want to make it weather proof then you could use some screws to put sheathing or plywood up underneath the deck. You would want to make sure that rain could escape though or the wood would just rot if water collects on it.

    To install a gate you would just need to cement two wood posts in the ground at the appropriate width and either buy or build a gate to attach to them.
  4. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I did something similar with my breeding pens. I use 4x4 fence posts as my corners and center supports. Then 2x4 to frame out the roof. You could use the plastic roofing sheets on yours since it would be under your deck. Pen is 8x16 total divided into 2 pens.


    Last edited: Apr 16, 2008
  5. bigdog100

    bigdog100 In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2008
    My deck is 12 feet up, so the deck will not be the roof
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    You could build a slanted roof by using fiberglass panels, just something to shed the water.

    Suspend them under the deck by using a 2 X 4 frame.
  7. bigdog100

    bigdog100 In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2008
    Well the fence is only 5 foot so i will not be able to walk into coop upright. I already have the fencing. Can I use that plastic fence for roof and put a post in middle of coop?

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