How big can you go on an A-frame chicken house and still be solid?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Whispering Winds, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know my little shed is not going to be big enough for what I want in the way of chickens, and think I might actually be able to do an a-frame myself, or with very little help. Who has a biggish one on here?
  2. Sportsterjeep

    Sportsterjeep Creekside Acres Farm

    Jun 1, 2010
    Mill Hall PA
    Ok, how big would you like to go? do you want it stationary or as an ark(tractor)? I have 2 arks that are an 8x8 footprint, run on bottom, living coop up top. The floor of the coop area is 4x8, it's on skids and gets hauled around the yard with an atv, works well for me. If I was gonna go stationary I would probably keep the 8 ft wide foot print, maybe go 12 or 16 feet long? Oh, and my yard is very uneven, I've pulled it up and down little hills, ditches, driveway, etc, and these hold up like a champ.
  3. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was thinking 8 feet wide, and LONGER. I am 5 ft. so would want it at least 6 foot tall in the center, 8 if I could get away with it. I know DH will help me plan it, but this is mowing season and he is covered up (had a sick Grasshopper mower last night, but fixed it without major issues!! WHEW!) with that and not able to help me, but he is wonderful at design. I don't have a lot of money either, (who does!) and thought this might be the most practical economical way to go. It would be permanent. Have the perfect spot for it, and a big run too, so think this just might be the way I should go. Thanks for the input!!
  4. kota1369

    kota1369 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2009
    Kansas City, MO
    Mine is 4x12x7 tall. It is 2x4 construction and takes a mule and a man to move it (so to speak). I use a 2" pvc pipe and leverage. But, this is also my permanant house for them so it was made sturdy. It is overkill in my opinion and not practical if you want to move it weekly. But, it will last a long time that is for sure. You can see it on my page.

    The lady w/4 dogs, 4 city chickens, 4 meat rabbits, their kits and a lizard

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