Modifying the "Backyard Homestead" Chicken coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Xenia's Chickens, May 21, 2010.

  1. Xenia's Chickens

    Xenia's Chickens In the Brooder

    May 21, 2010
    My Coop
    I have purchased the "Backyard Homestead" Chicken coop plans from and I am looking for ideas on how to modify the coop. [​IMG], the one labeled "Large Coops")

    1. I want to place the coop up against the wall of my barn. Can I change the roof so that it runs straight down from the barn, rather than having a peak? If so, what would be an appropriate pitch? Can I put the vent (on the back wall in the plans) somewhere else, or substitute an attic vent?
    2. I have 2 used skylights - can I install them in the roof? or use them instead of the windows in the front of the coop?
    3. I don't see any insulation in the plans. I live in New England and I've been told that I need insulation to reduce moisture inside the coop in winter. What would you recommend?
    4. If insulation is used, I assume I need an interior covering. What do you recommend?

    Thanks for your help
  2. Marie1234

    Marie1234 Songster

    Mar 29, 2010
    I'll take #4
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