Chicken coop design & construction

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  1. ShawnAJamessr

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    [​IMG]Designed & built by: Shawn A. James Sr.d.b.a. ; Jamesgang 5 Hurst, Texas

    First of all,,,,I do not have any chickens. .
    I am, well, rather creative.
    I believe I am a person who likes the chance to create & build unique items when given the opportunity.
    I have a client who knows of my abilities and requested that I research, design & build a chicken coop.
    It was overwhelming when I started my research. She also wants to incorporate a roof-top garden and plenty of planters.
    She loves the barn style coops with lots of off-set windows and country appearance.
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    I created different sketches & dreamed up many different ideas.
    However, I have never raised chickens. ...
    finally, she drove me around to different places that are raising chickens. ..that changed my whole perspective!
    All previous ideas, designs & thoughts had to be reconsidered. .
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  2. ShawnAJamessr

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    Ultimately, I created this idea on paper and started building it October 30, 2014. [​IMG]
     
  3. ShawnAJamessr

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    This is Dallas. Temperatures do not normally get too hot or too cold. So I told... Regardless, based on research, I wanted to make certain chickens were protected from freezing winds in the winter months and likewise I wanted to minimize situations of causing the birds to get too in the summer inside a building.
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    I incorporated clear-story windows
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    to prevent heat build-up & also ground level ventilation / screened openings below all windows.
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    However, I was very aware this could be a negative situation in the winter months. So I designed operable vertical doors for each ground level opening. This was easy, I did not want the building to possibly fail / twist in severe winds and possibly fall over.
    I would rather over engineer the structural design versus create future problems.
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    I thought about pre-built trusses using angled design. Ultimately, I changed the framing and created a scissor / Truss design in the walls.
    By the way, no nails! Every bit of the framing is screwed together.[​IMG]
     
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  4. ShawnAJamessr

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    Pictures of X frame design.
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    picture of the X frame design in the walls.
     
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  5. BantamFan4Life

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  6. Book Em Danno25

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  8. ShawnAJamessr

    ShawnAJamessr New Egg

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    Not sure where you are directing me to go?
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Very nice coop!
     
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. My wife and I were both raised in the great state of Texas, not too far from where you are (Blue Ridge for her, Greenville for me). You coop desgn is beautiful and I agree with Turkenstein25 that you should post it on our Coop and Run Design and Construction section. Just click on https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance and it will take you there. Cheers.
     

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