Coop building plans, seeking critique and advice

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ValerieJ, Nov 18, 2019.

  1. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

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    Here is the plan so far. The ventilation is in the dormer, 1' x 10', plus 4" x 10' where the roof meets the siding on both the front and back, for a total of 16sf+. Will that be enough? Should we put some openings on the sides too? The windows on the front and back are for letting sun in. Haven't decided if we want windows that can open, or just glazing there.

    Also, I know the higher roost is too high.

    In addition to the nesting boxes shown I want one brooding nest box that is filled with sand and then straw on top of that. That one isn't in the drawing yet.

    Not sure these pictures show it well enough. Wish I could include the interactive file, but then you'd need the program.
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  2. Henry&Friends

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    I think you’ll have enough ventilation, but if you’re worried I would put in windows that can open. Otherwise, it seems pretty neat, it’s just missing the doorknob ;)
     
  3. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

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    :lau I don't think he has gotten to hardware yet. Thanks for your input! Opening windows is fine, but they are at roost level. How about additional vents on the two sides of the coop, like triangular at the top?
     
  4. K0k0shka

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    Very cool plans! What software are you using?
     
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    Wow this looks amazing!!!:love
     
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  6. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

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    I'll have to ask him. He downloaded it for free from an engineering website.
     
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  7. Henry&Friends

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    I’m going on the assumption that the big door will remain shut, so I would have these two triangular vents (blue) so there’s always some flow from one end to the other, but above all the roosts. With the ventilation already planned, and the (possible) windows, I’d say there’s enough ventilation, but you can never go wrong making sure. If you add more vents, you should have them placed in such a way that they can be blocked off, in case it’s an extra windy night and the coop seems a little drafty. upload_2019-11-18_11-30-13.png
     
  8. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

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    Thanks for the advice. I agree the extra vents will be good. The only vent that is not baffled is the dormer, but it is on the down wind side of the coop. Should we consider baffling that one too?
     
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  9. Henry&Friends

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    Your coop looks really advanced compared to my Walmart shed, which has 4 2x4 inch vents under the roof... not much for ventilation, but they only go in at night and the door is propped open all day, so it airs out well enough E60A022F-564C-48C8-8287-F3B5EB423339.jpeg
     
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  10. Henry&Friends

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    I wouldn’t worry about having a permanent covering for it, just keep extra towels on hand in case if it needs to be blocked off temporarily for rain or wind.
     
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