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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chief Wiggum, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Chief Wiggum

    Chief Wiggum Hatching

    May 28, 2010
    Hi I am about to build a coop but I'm concerned about what materials to use in my climate. I live on the Gold Coast in Australia. Summer gets to about 30C/86F and winter at night as low as 5C/41F. Easiest would be to buy an existing colourbond/tin shed to convert but will my chickens be too hot during the summer to lay in there. Or should i make it with cladding and have a tin roof. I will have about 8-10 hens and they will be free range with plenty on shade about but the coop will be in full sun on a large concrete pad. Any advice appreciated before I make a costly mistake. Thanks.

  2. Mehjr10

    Mehjr10 Songster

    May 17, 2012
    Moscow, TN
    I built mine from re purposed materials, photos can be found in my profile. I used 40" x 48" pallets. My summers here get to be 100 - 110F and winters can be in the teens on occasion. So far they have made it well through those extremes.. Good air flow for the summer months and venting for the winter to keep moisture down. I have a metal roof also..

    Good Luck.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    :frow Welcome to the forum! :frow Glad you joined us! :frow

    If those are the extreme temperatures you can expect, you’ve got it made. Not cold enough to cause any problems and really fairly mild as long as you have good ventilation. And you can save money which is always a plus.

    In that climate the only things I’d be concerned about would be rain or wind storms and predator protection. Situate it where water will drain or build the floor up by containing sand so it will really drain. Give the water a place to go when it gets wet and don’t use any bedding in the coop so it will dry. It may take a bit of thought and work to set it up right but I think you’ll really enjoy the results.

    Put a solid wall on the upwind side. It really doesn’t matter that much if it is metal, wood, or plastic since it will be so well ventilated. Cover a part of the two walls with something solid that butt against this solid wall so you have created a sort of alcove that should keep the worst of the wind off the chickens when they are sleeping. I’m not concerned about the regular winds and breezes but about the storms you probably get since you are on the coast.

    This “solid wall” doesn’t even have to reach the ground. All you are trying to do is keep the rain and wind off them when they are sleeping through a storm. You also need to figure out how to keep the inside of the nests dry.

    Build the rest out of wire. I don’t know what stores you have in Australia, but look at your farm supply or maybe construction stores. What you are looking for is a fairly heavy gauge welded wire or something like chain link, something that can keep a dingo or whatever else you have as far as predators out. What we call chicken wire, a fairly thin gauge twisted wire, does not work all that well. Many predators can either break it or pull the twists apart.

    Make it bigger than you think you need. If you are building it mainly out of wire, that should not be too expensive to do. By making it fairly large for the number of chickens you expect to have, that gives you flexibility in dealing with things that come up and you don’t have to work as hard taking care of them.

    I’m envious. As long as you can come up with a location or way for it to drain, you’ve got it made. Let us know what you decide and once again, :frow
  4. Chief Wiggum

    Chief Wiggum Hatching

    May 28, 2010
    Mehjr10 and Ridgerunner , thank you very much for you replies. Both have given me some great ideas. I'm not thinking I will go a framed structure on 3 sides made of wood, with a tin roof but open at the front for ventilation. If it gets cold in winter I can always cover the front. Thanks again and will post some pics when I finish.
  5. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Songster

    All my chookhouses are made out of recycled tine sheds.
    No problems as long as you have a wire mesh on at least one side.
    And if they have outside shade in the run they will be fine.

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