Finally started my coop!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ginny_e, May 21, 2018.

  1. ginny_e

    ginny_e In the Brooder

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    I made the front and back walls of my chicken coop yesterday, finally! I'm making it a hobbit hole style coop. The floor is 6'x4'. The side with the three circular holes will be the front, a door and two windows for ventilation. The other piece is the back, with the doorway framed for easy cleaning access.
     

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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  3. Birdinhand

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    congrats, the hardest part is usually making the first steps... great start, keep it up and show us updates!
     
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    ginny_e In the Brooder

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    Thanks!

    Question about insulation. We are in Western Mass, so not super extreme temps, but still get a quality New England winter. I was planning on insulating the floor and maybe the roof (not sure how I would do the roof yet since it is curved). I was thinking of using a insulation panel on the floor and saw at home depot that they have some basically 3/4" styrofoam blocks for $8. Or I could shell out $15 for a 1" insulation panel. Or does it matter? I know ventilation is key for the winter especially...

    I am not planning on putting electricity in the coop, was maybe going to put a solar light but that wouldn't be a heat source. And I know I'll have to change the water out since it would freeze.

    Any thoughts on cheap roofing materials?
     
  5. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

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    Chickens need draft free ventilation in the winter not heat or insulation. Plan on using rubber water bowls and changing them twice a day during the winter if your not going to have electricity.

    JT
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    Will this be raised off the ground?
    What will the roofing material be?
     
  7. ginny_e

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    It'll be off the ground by 1.5-2". The roof will be plywood but I am still figuring out what to cover that with. I'd like to do some sort of recycled materials, am definitely open to suggestions!
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    What is your general geographical location?
    It's good to add it to your profile, then it's always there!

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  9. ginny_e

    ginny_e In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the tip! W. Mass, so needs to get through New England weather!
     
  10. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

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    That will be a great place for rats, mice and snakes to live under the coop... raised coops should be at least 18" for easy access or on the ground.

    JT
     
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