Coop Building Reference Table....(suggestion area only)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by River Lizard, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. River Lizard

    River Lizard Songster

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    I PM'd Rob (Admin) with a suggestion of making a sticky topic at the top of the Coop & Run Design and Construction Section so users would reference "key elements" of building Coops & Runs. This would be a standard generic list of Do's and Don'ts in constructions and some "how to's" also including links to instructions.

    Not sure how we can build this table...other than have members post here suggestions and we review each of them and then if it is in agreement with the majority of the members, I'll post it in a second Topic that I'll continue to "re-edit" as more items are added.

    I'm hoping that we can have a large reference table so new Coop/Run builders can review the list and find some great helpful information before they get started.

    What do you all think?
    How's this for an outline:

    A. Coop Construction:
    a. Size vs Chickens:
    b. Site Location:
    - Wind
    - Sun
    - Drainage
    - Other

    c. Foundation:
    - Post
    - Ground
    - Concrete
    - Other

    d. Sub-floor:
    - Cost
    - Concerns
    - Height of sub-floor
    - Other

    e. Walls (includes doors and windows):
    - Construction of
    - Framing
    - Headers
    -
    - Materials to use
    - Purchased Wood Products
    - Non-purchased Items
    - Other

    - Insulation
    - Climate Zones
    - How can it improve your coop
    - Cost

    f. Roof :
    - Types of Materials
    - Construction tips
    - Other

    g. Ventilation:
    - Manual
    - Electric
    - Concerns
    - Climate Zones

    h. Paint/sealing:
    - Exterior
    - Interior
    - Other

    i. Food/water fixtures:
    - Items that can be purchased
    - Homemade Items

    j. Other items:
    I. Nesting boxes
    - Recommended standard size is 12" x 12" x 12" with a ratio of 1 box per ? (birds per box)
    II. Roost
    - Requirements
    - Materials

    III. Predator safe-guard hints:
    K. Tools for construction.


    B. Run Construction:
    a. Size vs Chickens:
    b. Ground:
    c. Post:
    d. Fencing:
    e. Cover:
    f. Predator safe-guard hints:
    I.
     
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  2. mountaintopchicken

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    I think that would be great.

    Especially if someone wrote up a simple Guide to Cutting Rafters in language plain enough for a kindergartner to understand it. Trying to cut rafters to the correct angle etc. makes my brain hurt.
     
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  3. River Lizard

    River Lizard Songster

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    Quote:Yes, that would be one of the items listed on the table. Also, how to build stair stringers. I believe Gophorboy <SP> had a good example of that one on his post.
     
  4. flopshot

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    Quote:sounds like the best way. one thread to find pros and cons would have been helpfull to me. perhaps it could be configured in an outline format with sub catagories. with so many "right ways" to build this could be a rather complicated project.
     
  5. River Lizard

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    Quote:sounds like the best way. one thread to find pros and cons would have been helpfull to me. perhaps it could be configured in an outline format with sub catagories. with so many "right ways" to build this could be a rather complicated project.

    Oh definitely....and I'm sure we'll make a few mistakes along the way but I think the outcome would benefit everyone who's considering building a coop or run.
     
  6. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Crowing

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    Quote:Not a bad thought at all, RL. Your list is looking good. Item "b." (Ground) might could be changed to "Site Survey". What about a listing for "fixtures" such as waterers and feeders or would you just want it to deal with only the actual construction of the run/coop?

    There's plenty of books that give plans for building coops and runs in them (and some of them are pretty good!) but I see so much "fine-tuning" information along with original ideas here on BYC that could make those coops even better!

    Sounds like a good idea!!!
    Ed
     
  7. River Lizard

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    Ed,

    I updated the outline with your suggestions.
     
  8. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    I've stickied this FANTASTIC idea.

    I love initiative projects like this! Imagine if only 10% of our members pulled together like this in all areas of chicken raising. We'd have a resource 1000 times better than the amazing stuff we already have.

    Keep up the great work everybody!
     
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  9. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    I was typing this in a PM to Jeff, but figured it was good for everyone to read. [​IMG]


    As this thing progresses I want to add it to the BYC Learning Center. The best format would be this:

    1) A BYC Page with all the organized info, and then linking to a forum discussion thread about the topic and for more ideas / suggestion.
    2) The forum thread would begin by linking to the page above and request feedback and ideas.

    The BYC Page could be created by you and/or other members using the "BYC Page Creator", or I could copy it over to a static page like the majority of the pages in the Learning Center.

    Just tossing ideas out there. Let me know what you think.
     
  10. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

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    One thing to add may be suggested zone/climate. Out here in the SW we need alotta airflow for cooling, where someone in NY needs snow proofing. My "mostly holes" coop wall wouldn't hold up so well there. [​IMG]
     
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