mud house coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gallery2000, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. gallery2000

    gallery2000 Songster

    Aug 6, 2007
  2. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    As long as it stays dry, why not?
  3. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Quote:How would you go about building one?
  4. gallery2000

    gallery2000 Songster

    Aug 6, 2007
  5. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I'm sure they'd love it. It would be cool, quiet, and they'd have a close supply of grit anytime they wanted it. But what about rain?
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    How often does it rain in ethiopia... Something tells me that's not going to work out well in places that rain about 250 days a year and with humidity that likes to rest between 60 and 100% (raining).
  7. gallery2000

    gallery2000 Songster

    Aug 6, 2007
    Mud houses are very common in Asian countries. Some countries have up to 150 inches of rain a year. These mud houses live on.
  8. Earthbags are so much easier than adobe blocks.

    In Indiana, I built something like this:

    I used burlap bags, and added cement to my sandy loam soil; even after the burlap rotted, the "bricks" still looked good.

    However, I added a real roof to it (similar to the way you would roof a hexagonal gazebo), with a two foot overhang. There was good drainage all the way around and keeping the sides from getting wet seemed to protect it very well. Based on what it looks like after 5 years, I wouldn't be surprised if it's still there in 50 years, or as long as the roof holds up.

    In summer, I put a fan in one window, pointing to the outside, and drew in colder air at night, which dramatically cooled the structure on all but a few days a year. The structure would stay cool almost all day.

    The drawback was that I didn't plan for solar heating; I should have had a big window on the south side. It was pretty cold all winter.

    The good news was that it cost less than $200 to build, and I think it will last 20 years.

    My photos were taken on film and are packed away somewhere; if I find them this weekend, I'll scan them and post.

    It is a WAY fun project, I will admit.

    And, viewing those photos makes me feel so blessed, even in the circumstances I find myself, post-divorce.

    Thanks for the reminder of just how lucky we are.

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