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chicken coop problems

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by team guava pastry, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. team guava pastry

    team guava pastry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2009
    Miami, FL
    I hope some one can give me some great advise. I built my girlfriend a chicken coop and so far its coming along pretty good. however, it's big and heavy.
    I wanted it to last and it has to withstand hurricane winds I live in S. Florida.
    It's heavy, did i mention that it's heavy, well I was wondering what type of roof should I attempt to put on it. The framing is done and I'm putting the footers in the ground tomorrow. I have to cement it in due to the weather.

  2. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    So what exactly is the question? Is it that you need a hurricane-proof roof? Or that you're not sure how to move the coop? I gather that it is heavy......
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Try a metal roof, is this what your asking, what does the weight have to do with anything, it sounds fine.

  4. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2008
    Garland, Texas
    Check out Ondura roofing. The Ondura on my deck just held fast at 50+ mph winds. Check it out at Lowe's.
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I used plywood with rolled roofing on one coop and metal on the other.
  6. team guava pastry

    team guava pastry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Sorry it was late and I was little tired last night when i was posting.

    my question is what type of roof
    a flat roof
    a pitch roof

    I'm thinking something that hinges open so i can clean and let it air out

    perhaps a slanted roof
    and ideas would be helpful.....
  7. Squid Bait

    Squid Bait Out Of The Brooder

    May 15, 2008
    Fayetteville, AR
    Slanted (20 degrees or so) will help prevent water from running back under the roof and damaging structure and leaking inside. Make sure you have a ridge cap or such thing along the highest edge.

    As far as what material... Any good quality roofing material should be fine if you attach it well i.e. asphault shingles have a different nailing pattern in high wind areas. Read the packaging.

    Also, if you hinge the whole roof, make sure to add a good sturdy latch to prevent winds from lifting the whole thing.
  8. team guava pastry

    team guava pastry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2009
    Miami, FL
    yea the hinge thing is out just because of that. I just imagine the whole top flys off.

    thanks for your input.

    happy chickens

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