Hoop coop question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mommissan, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. mommissan

    mommissan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so I've obsessed about it for months, doodled it on every scrap paper I find, and even think about it as I fall asleep at night. I'm going to build a hoop coop out of cattle panels. I'm contemplating putting the 1/2" hardware cloth right over it then sandwiching the two layers together at the end between 2- 2x4's. Am I going to hurt myself trying to bend them? How did you folks do it? Will a come-along work? I'm bending 16 feet into a 8 foot wide base. Methinks I will need stitches when all this is done.
     
  2. georgiagail

    georgiagail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do a search using the term "hoop coops" to get an idea what others have done.

    Some have utilized ropes to hold the panel in place. Others have attached the panels to the wood first, then worked on moving the pieces of wood together and nailing/screwing them together last.

    The "gentler" the hoop (i.e., the wider the plan for the coop) the easier this should be.

    Gail
     
  3. mommissan

    mommissan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what started this whole obsession! I've seen some great coops on BYC. What I haven't seen too much of is the actual bending, and what gadgets were used. What's really got me curious now is how many of you out there have insulated with bubble wrap, if so, what size and if UV stabilized lasts longer or is worth the price. [​IMG]
     
  4. JenBirdRansom

    JenBirdRansom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like on this one you would attach it to a base frame. Is that what you mean?


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  6. mommissan

    mommissan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, that's the page that inspired me! [​IMG] I just wondered how hard it is to bend. That picture is exactly what I'm planning. I've read a little about using bubble wrap. Farmtek offers UV stabile type, but the bubbles are so tiny. I wondered if anyone uses the 1/2" big bubbles, and if it's worth getting heavy duty type or will cheapo bubble wrap last?
     
  7. junglebird

    junglebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A cattle panel will easily bend to an arch with an 8' span. You could sandwich the panel between boards if the extra wood is useful to you, or use "plummer's tape", the metal strap with holes in it, to affix the panel to the wood.

    I used utility (or security?) panels because they have 2"x4" grid, which meant I didn't have to add extra wire mesh. You can use a couple of pieces of 1'-2' rebar as stoppers on each side and zip tied to them.

    My hoop is not mobile, it's something like 9' wide by 7' tall by 10' deep. I cut an extra panel in half and pieced them together to get the extra height. It's was set in the end of the existing garden hoophouse which is why you also see pvc supports.

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    Last edited: Jan 15, 2012
  8. countrygoddess

    countrygoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great ideas! But I just wanted to warn those who live in areas where there are weasels that 2"x 4" openings in the panels are large enough for one of the little sneaks to get in.
     

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