My new coup... with ??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cwlongshot, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. cwlongshot

    cwlongshot Out Of The Brooder

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    We made allot of progress today on the coupe... Pics later...

    Got to work on the ramp and lift of the ramp, roof on the pen and the coupe. I wanted to use that blue closed cell foam as some extra insulation in the floor and ceiling... then got to thinking maybe I would do the walls as its easy and cheap enough...

    What do you guys think?

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  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Personally I like insulation. If your coop has windows (free heat in winter), or if you ever plan on supplemental heat, it pays to insulate. If your housing isn't tight, insulation helps to keep out drafts. Just remember that even with insulation, you still need ample ventilation. And insulation does need to be covered with something (at least the stuff they can reach), because they will peck at and eat it. Now if your coop is tight, and doesn't have windows, I don't know that I'd bother with insulation in the walls...it wouldn't hurt anything, but I also don't know that it'd help anything. [​IMG]
     
  3. cwlongshot

    cwlongshot Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the comments!
    I was concerned about that.... I don't really want to have to cover everything inside...

    Maybe I'll just do the roof and floor...

    Its constructed pretty tightly, I have added two vents in the top of the tall wall, 7" wide and 48" long with doors on them. (its a shed roof) I can stop them open at any degree. I know I need some ventilation but unsure where to allow it in...

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  4. cwlongshot

    cwlongshot Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is some pics of what I have so far...

    First off here is my plans...

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    I haven't stuck to it 100% as things come up that are or seem to be better... But its a good place to start.


    $212 for the trip to Home Depot for supplies and its time to start...

    Got the basic foot print and up rights screwed together...

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    Then got the floor in...

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    Then the side walls...

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    The laying/storage box...

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    The side door the clean things out...

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    Then the back wall...

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    Now for the wire...

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    Running out of light today... But here is a shot of the inside and a quick mock up roost...

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    More to come..

    CW
     
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  5. MadChickensVT

    MadChickensVT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lots of nice details [​IMG]
     
  6. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would not, and did not insulate. The air space is plenty. You don't need heat either, in my opinion you don't want any heat. It is not beneficial, actually quite the opposite.

    If you think about it, the coop needs to be ventilated, and ventilated well. The net result of that ventilation will be heat (and hopefully moisture) loss. Spending money on insulation gives you no benefit whatsoever.

    Very nice lookin coop. Passion and precision are a very good combination.
     
  7. pharmchickrnmom

    pharmchickrnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice job! I agree with the previous post. One thing I would change are the roosts. I would use a 2x4 with the wide side laying flat so the chickens can roost with their feet covered. I did that for my layers and it makes a big difference for wintertime. No frostbite on the feet. Your top vents are great and I never closed mine in the winter unless we had a blowing snow storm. As an fyi, you can build a cheap cookie tin water heater for your waterer for the winter. Just search for it on the forum. Worked great for us this past winter. Cant wait to see the finished product!
     
  8. just271

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    Looking good like I knew you would!!!!
     
  9. cwlongshot

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    Today wasn't as productive as I would have liked... we did not finish. But we are close and can safely house the birds if we get rained out tomorrow as forecast...

    We started the day with some errands and a doctor visit, then a trip back to the home center for more supplies... Another 120$ [​IMG]

    After reading about proper ventilation I bought four screened and louvered 4"x10"covers. I drilled 3/3" holes and covered them with the louvers. I put then in each side of the coup.

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    I also got a coat of stain on the outside of the coup too! Got that for $5 as it was a wrongly mixed color. Its good enough for a chicken coup! Then I got the roof on.

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    The ramp is done and I even added a hinge and a cord to close it at night. Lastly I started on the roof over the run.


    This is where we stalled, as we needed more 2x4's and didn't have them... SO, back to the home center... again!! LOL Tomorrow I will frame out the roof and attach it and the hinges, Caulk a couple spots and a second coat and trim color and its good to go!!

    Her is how it should look once done..

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    All comments welcome,
    CW
     
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  10. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looking good
    just couple thing missing a door one the bottom
    and vent near the top because that where the heat need to exape because heat rises
     

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