- Oct 23, 2010
I'm designing a coop frame that is 4 1/2 L x 4 W x 4 H at the highest using 2x3s. I was wondering if I really need all this support? the cost is getting kind of up there.
I'm designing a coop frame that is 4 1/2 L x 4 W x 4 H at the highest using 2x3s. I was wondering if I really need all this support?
I was hopping to do some sort of siding or cedar shake? Not sure if I need a plywood base for that.It depends on how strong you need it to be. If it needs to have people stand on top, or piles of snow all winter, or a tree fall on it, then you probably do need that much.
Otherwise, that might be more framing than you need.
What are you planning to cover it with? If you use plywood, that makes it stronger, so it doesn't need as much framing. Hardware cloth can help keep it from wobbling, but does not otherwise help support it. Some kinds of siding don't even prevent wobbling.
I've used some portable chicken coops that were framed with 2 x 2's, and did not have the doubled and tripled beams that I see in your design, and I found them strong enough--so it really depends on how strong it needs to be, and how you intend to use it.
Edit to add: I see amk122284 responded while I was typing, with a different perspective.
I was hoping to do some sort of siding or cedar shake? Not sure if I need a plywood base for that.
Sorry, I don't know how to build with those.
Have you looked through this?
There are lots of different coops, often with pictures and descriptions of building them--you could look for ones with the style you like, then see how they were constructed.