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Coop for 3 new Chicks

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Soldierdave1980, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. Soldierdave1980

    Soldierdave1980 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all, my wife and I are building a coop, and well i have been searching for days, to find the right one that looks good to me. I have a few questions and hope to get any advice good or bad, (but would like all good). I am working on a tight budget, have wood, roofing materials, wall material, everything i have read here at BYC. I do want to know does anyone know where i can obtain a plan for free if they are free anymore. I really need assistance with the roof ( sorry hard to say what i need help with, this is the first coop i have built. been serving in the Army for 13 years so i can do some **** good shooting but building not the best at a coop maybe it is because i am wanting it to be to the wives standards lol.

    thank you Dave
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops
    OK check out the coops section...select small coops if that is what you want to build, and some of the pages will hopefully include some plans!!!

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    Thank you so much for your service!!!
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  3. Soldierdave1980

    Soldierdave1980 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you and i do appreciate your comment of the service, it means alot to all service men and woman.
    I have looked on the pages and didnt see anything i like guess i am picky lol. I do know that you dont want a draft in the coop so how would you put a vent in, what type or style, and where is a good place to put it the coop,
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You want the vents up high so the wind doesn't blow right on the chickens when they are roosting.
    Also you don't want it to rain in there so situate it so it isn't on the windy side of the coop. You can make flaps to close if you get really bad weather in the winter.

    Only use 1/2 inch hardware cloth as it is the only predator proof stuff there is - for the windows. Rats and weasels can get through chicken wire and welded wire (coons can get through chicken wire easily). So for your run if you use chicken wire a dog or coon can get right in there like the fence isn't there. A lot of people use welded wire fencing and line the bottom with hardware cloth to save money.

    It is good to build a run even if you are going to be free ranging since if you go on vacation or see a predator you can lock them up. To make it predator proof you would need to apron out or bury the hardware cloth so diggers couldn't dig under. I don't have predator proof runs...I make sure they are locked up at night. You can google hardware cloth apron for more info. too.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-nags-head-chicken-coop-tractor
    This I think is my favorite design but of course it is very small so if you get a lot of snow it may not work for you. I recommend 2-3 inches of sand in the bottom and scoop with kitty litter scoop to get poo out. That is what I do and it works well.

    The "got sand you should" thread and the "poop board convert thread" are good threads.

    I will try to find some more pics....
     
  5. Soldierdave1980

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    Thank you for the help anything will be appreciated. I am going to try and get the boards painted and treated, it is getting to heavy to move allready. But the fun is just begging.
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/robbdebbies-chicken-coop
    Here near the bottom of this link you can see some welded wire lined near the bottom with hardware cloth plus an apron. This is a cadillac of coops but you can get the idea and use it for a small flock's coop.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/792316/my-4x6-pallet-coop-build-completed-pic-heavy/10
    this one has working shutters

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/pallet-coop-in-progress
    Lots of good ventilation...make sure you line that with hardware cloth if openings are greater than 1/2 inch to keep predators out

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/415386765601171264/
    this one is pretty but would get rain in it in my area

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-just-right-coop
    Now this one is oh so nice! Note the wonderful ventilation- you can incorporate these ideas in a much smaller coop.


    I hope this helps.
     
  7. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This might help you with the rafters depending on your design, if you cut the rafters at a 45 degree angle it will give you a 12/12 pitch pretty simple I find angles hard to figure out, once there cut lay them up on top and mark and cut to length, hope this is of some help.
     
  8. ClovisMan

    ClovisMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you would not like a roof that steep, you can use these for a 4/12 or a 6/12.

    Quote: If you live somewhere where snow accumulates, I would use a 6/12 pitch, if you live in Sunny California or Florida, go with a 4/12.

    Also, here is a nice free plan for a coop. http://www.barngeek.com/free-chicken-coop-plans.html
     
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  9. Soldierdave1980

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    Thank you for the pictures, i am in the process of uploading pics. My coop has a off set slope in it. The front is 5ft high and the rear is 4.5 possible changing them. i have 2x4's on both sides of the box. now i am putting the rafters going from (as you are looking at your computer it would be front to back. My question is does it matter what side you put the 2x4 on and what is best to hold them in place i was using 3inch screws, and possibly a bracket of some type, but dont want to spend any more money. I am going cheaper for the first coop that way on the next one i can go more all out. I will then lay ply wood down and then roof paper and 3-tab roofing. I am good at the other parts of the building just dont want the roof to leak or collapse on the girls.

    Thanks sorry for going so far into detail, better to say more about what i am doing instead of saying a little bit and getting no where on my assistance needed.

    Thank a vet, any vet
     
  10. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stand the 2x4 on it's egde it will be stronger, when you put the shingles on don't use nails that are to long if they jump or freak out you don't want them getting poked with the nails.
     

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