How to easily and inexpensively divide half a gable roof barn into a chicken coop.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by hoosierhens101, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. hoosierhens101

    hoosierhens101 Chirping

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    We have a 10ft by 16ft gable roof storage barn. We are making the back 8ft by 10ft area into a coop. I have everything figured out thanks to all of the advice and information posted here except how to securely, easily and inexpensively screen in the back 8ft from the front 8ft. Do we screen all the way up to the roof? Do we screen under the rafters? In the pictures I am taking down the plywood loft to improve ventilation.
     

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  2. Foster's Freehold

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    Your best bet is ti use 1/2 inch woven wire from the roof to the floor. You can use 2x4's on all four sides of the divider and to frame in a door, make a walk in door using 1x3's and woven wire. I'd also use the woven wire for an apron on that side. Make sure your gaps are small, so predators can't get in.
     
  3. tigger19687

    tigger19687 Songster

    What are you going to store in the front 1/2 ?
    Where are you located?
    What ever it is it will be a pile of dust in a short month :)

    If I had that area I would section off the area with plywood ( door too) and have more windows and vernt in the coop area.

    That way the front 1/2 will not be covered in dust.


    Or, in reality i would just make the whole thing a coop ;) once you have one you will want more !
     
  4. Foster's Freehold

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    Tigger's right. I've gone from a 4x8 with six hens to an under construction 16x24. And I've got to get it done if the weather will ever break as I bought 3 golden cuckoo marans yesterday to go with my juvie blue laced reds and my 6 cheepers lol. And I put in an order for 6 BCM. That little 4 x8 ain't gonna hold all them chickens.
     
  5. hoosierhens101

    hoosierhens101 Chirping

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    So just take out the loft and wire all the way to the roof. I already bought alot of 1/2 woven wire . I have plans for lots of vents and creating a screen door in the front. thanks for the advice.
     
  6. Ruralhideaway

    Ruralhideaway Crowing

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    You might want to look at the coop @aart built in a barn. Her system will be relevant I think.

    Agree about the dust though, might want to consider curtailing with shower curtains maybe if not plywood.
     
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  7. Foster's Freehold

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    Oooh, shower curtains, brilliant idea.
     
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  8. hoosierhens101

    hoosierhens101 Chirping

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    We are just storing shovels and non electric tools, chicken feed, bedding in the front part. Also the back of the nesting boxes are protrude out a foot into the front. We are still growing. Going from our first 5 hens 2 years ago to 11 hens and a rooster. A walk in coop will be a huge improvement over the little starter coop that is falling apart after 2 years.
     
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  9. Ruralhideaway

    Ruralhideaway Crowing

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    You'll have a great time. Congratulations coop improvements are the best!
     
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    hoosierhens101 Chirping

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    I loved aarts article. We got a lot of our ideas from that.
     
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