Interesting idea (truely green roof)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Anny, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    I saw this online and I thought it was very interesting.

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    It's a small chicken coop with a edible garden roof! What a great way to save space! Does any one on here have anything like that for their chicken coop or run?
     
  2. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    That is SO neat. Thanks for posting! I wonder if we could pull off something like that on a larger scale... hmm
     
  3. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * I saw a design for a doghouse in a mag this week with a herb garden on top. Weird thing was it was a rocker shaped box bed canted at an angle off the back of the dog house. Designers, sheesh. (rolleyes)
     
  4. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    You can! They make green roofs for huge houses.

    Here are some more green roof pictures:

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    Here is a living roof dog house.


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    Here is another green roofed chicken coop


    And here these guys are turnin[​IMG]g this sheds roof into a living roof.

    You can even make one for your barn or shed or your house!
     
  5. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    I like it. I want to build an earth lodge one day. A traditional structure that is framed and such but covered in dirt. I think it would be a great for a coop and well insulated naturally.

    Very interesting ones pictured in this thread.
     
  6. johnmayersquare

    johnmayersquare Let's Talk About Chicks, Man!

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    I know those kinds of roofs would work really well up here in the Pacific Northwest with all our rain [​IMG] ! Great idea [​IMG]
     
  7. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put up with a flat roof on my coop for 10 years [​IMG].

    I learned that a solid sheet of plastic will pull loose from the roofing nails as the material expands and contracts. I shoulda/coulda gone with roofing felt and a heavy layer of asphalt but just flat couldn't bring myself to use something so aesthetically unpleasing.

    A little gabled metal roof over the top was the solution and I'm glad I did that but this idea of a green roof could have been the answer! The synthetic rubber would have been stabilized by the planting medium - potting soil or a mix of peat and perlite/vermiculite would be much lighter than most soil types.

    A "pond liner" underneath should work I suppose. It must be about the same thing as membrane roofing material.

    Steve

    edited to say: thank you, Anny [​IMG].
     
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  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    That would be sheer torture for MY chickens! A garden for eating.....so close, yet so far away!!!! [​IMG]

    I've always thought a cob chicken coop with a living roof would be darling!
     
  9. Mac Momma

    Mac Momma Crabgrass Queen

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    Hey I saw someone on here had done this sort of thing. If you go to the link and look toward the bottom, you will see it complete. This person has also attached a link to blog which shows a really cool progression to its construction. NEAT![​IMG]


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=7019-

    Edited for misspellings!
     
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  10. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a happy place for Lisa and Jackie, MacMomma.

    These folks set up their greenroof coop this Spring: http://www.rooftopview.net/?p=1161

    They
    used sedums and I see online that others suggest lavender and wildflowers. Beekissed, I don't think most of these would interest your chickens, altho' I'm not sure about the sedums. They'd probably scratch the roof to shreds if they could get up there, however. The lavender would sure improve the fragrance in the vicinity just about now [​IMG]!

    Cob chicken coop?!? Are we talking corn cob? They'd eat themselves out of house and home [​IMG].

    Steve

    edited: one could probably use wire netting in the soil and that would not only keep the chickens from scratching it up but secure the roof if it was sloped and not flat.
     
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