how big of footprint on cattle panel hoop house?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Tala, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    How big of footprint can you make out of a cattle pannel (like a hoop house)??? I ask because I'm thinking that may be the easiest way to "fence" my small garden off from my free-rangers.
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I can make a hoop high enough to stand up in (call it six feet) while covering a span about eight feet wide.

  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    A.T. Hagan :

    I can make a hoop high enough to stand up in (call it six feet) while covering a span about eight feet wide.


    I'm only 5ft tall [​IMG]

    *goes out to measure garden length*​
  4. exsia

    exsia Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2009
    Damascus, Oregon
    me too! But my hubby is closer to 6ft tall so when we made our cattle panel hoop house/tractor last year, we had to make it 8x8x6 high to accomodate him [​IMG] this is any easy project that can be done in one afternoon [​IMG]
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  5. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    IF you are using 2 panels to cover the roof, multiply the distance of each panel by 4. This will give you a "theoretical circle".

    That distance (theoretical circle) is C circumference. Using C=pi times D (diameter), You divide pi into C to get D.

    D is the "approximate "footprint" of your "hoophouse".

    I have done this when I built my Greenhouse (hoophouse).

    So 4 times your panel distance divided by 3.14 will give you an "approximate" width of your hoophouse. (Approximate, because you can "cheat" a little and be OK.)

    Pretty simple, really.
    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
    P.S. Incidentally, 1/2 of D is R (radius)..This will give your the height of your "hoophouse", more or less.
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  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:I failed geometry once and barely skimped by the second time. Yer speakin greek to me! lol

    Give me a complex chemical equation any day!

    My garden has crossties around it, and the one on the longest side is 9ft long. I think I can make this work since I'm only 5ft tall, plus once the garden gets up I don't really do much weeding anyway [​IMG]

    I expect that I may plant the tomatoes near the edges and use part of the "wall" for their supports. Last year I grew tomatoes on the ground (no staking) and produced more than I could eat --- AND the chickens left them alone if I was careful to pick the red ones off before I let them out of the coop, but this year I want to grow a few more things that they might find rather tasty! [​IMG]
  7. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Perhaps THIS sketch (taken from Robert Plamondon's website) will be of some help.

    This is the "website" it was taken from: attra-pub/poulthous.html

    Here is the sketch:


    The Height of your hoophouse will be "approximately" 1/2 of the width ("footprint").

    Hope this helps a little. [​IMG]

  8. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps


    A few years ago, I built a greenhouse (hoophouse). I used PVC pipe and plastic sheeting, which would, of course, NOT BE PRACTICAL for raising fowl......but the ideas and principles are basically the same.

    Here is a picture of the inside during construction. Perhaps THIS will also give you some ideas or guidance.


    The door-frame bracing may be of some use to you, as well as the design of the Center top-beam support.

    GOOD LUCK !!! [​IMG]
    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
  9. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    Chookaholic also did one, and has great pictures here on a thread somewhere - he mentioned size of materials, etc. so between him and Junkmanme, you should get a good idea of what you need. I LOVE these, and hope to do one myself soon- it's something I think I could do with minimal help from DH.

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