Check out my finished coop!

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DobieLover

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Nice job! Love the large overhangs on the roof.
But... for security, is there some reason you didn't use 1/2" hardware cloth to enclose the structure? Is the 3 1/2" gap between the top plate and bottom of purlins and the 1 1/2" gap between the rafters and tops of purlins closed off? Those are very easy access points for critters to get into your coop. And just about anything can tear through chicken wire.
I would also consider adding a very large window to the clean out door in the back for better ventilation. With those awesome overhangs, you could likely just make a panel insert that you could put in when it gets cold and just leave it open the rest of the year.
 

Jbrant2

In the Brooder
Aug 18, 2019
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Northwest Pennsylvania
Nice job! Love the large overhangs on the roof.
But... for security, is there some reason you didn't use 1/2" hardware cloth to enclose the structure? Is the 3 1/2" gap between the top plate and bottom of purlins and the 1 1/2" gap between the rafters and tops of purlins closed off? Those are very easy access points for critters to get into your coop. And just about anything can tear through chicken wire.
I would also consider adding a very large window to the clean out door in the back for better ventilation. With those awesome overhangs, you could likely just make a panel insert that you could put in when it gets cold and just leave it open the rest of the year.

Pictures aren't quite the most up to date. I have all those top sections closed off now. As for using a heavier wire, I just never thought I would need it. This is my first time with chickens and didn't know the regular stuff wasnt sufficient. Havnt had any issues yet..... I'll look into more reinforcement. And for ventilation other than the window, I have vented soffiting running the perimeter of the top of the coop box for heat to vent out the top as well.
 

aart

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Nice roof!
How many birds do you have?

Oh, and...Welcome to BYC! @Jbrant2
Where in this world are you located?
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Jbrant2

In the Brooder
Aug 18, 2019
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Northwest Pennsylvania
Nice roof!
How many birds do you have?

Oh, and...Welcome to BYC! @Jbrant2
Where in this world are you located?
Climate, and time of year, is almost always a factor.
Please add your general geographical location to your profile.
It's easy to do, (laptop version shown), then it's always there!

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Only 4 birds
 

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