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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RottenEgg, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. RottenEgg

    RottenEgg Out Of The Brooder

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    I posted a few weeks ago regarding possible options to house our chickens at our new abode. We determined that it would be best to section off part of the existing shed and modify it to house our lovely ladies. These are the primitive plans I've come up with. I just sketched up something quick in AutoCAD, so please don't judge the draftsman skills ;) Anyways, from what I can think of, I've made up a shopping list to go off of, as we'll need to get this done as quickly as possible to move our ladies from my parents' house to their new digs. Here's what I've come up with for a list so far:

    • 3 - 1"x2"x8' Furring strips - Framing around pop door and nesting box drop door, ramp rungs for pop door
    • 5 - 3"x3" hinges - Pop door, nesting box drop door
    • 1 - Storm door
    • 6 - 5/8"x4'x8' OSB panels for wall sheathing, scrap for ramps in/out of pop door
    • 25 - 2"x3" studs for framing
    • 10 - 3/8"x3" concrete anchors to anchor wall to existing concrete floor

    Am I missing something? It seems like such a short list but for the life of me I can't think. We have plenty of nails from building our coop at our old house, so I don't know that we'll need to buy more of those. Thoughts on either my list (too much/little of something, completely forgot something) or the floor plan I have laid out for the section of the shed for my coop?[​IMG]
     
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    It all looks very professional to me! I also use my shed as a coop (they free range in the garden) so i just put up some roosting bars (tree branches) and put some plastic basins on the existing shelves for nest boxes - end of story and it works just fine. Putting what i have done and what your plan looks like in perspective, I'd say you are more than sorted!

    I would also suggest that you may want to build a small coop that you can use to isolate sick birds, or put new flock members in.


    All the best

    CT
     
  3. barneveldrerman

    barneveldrerman Chillin' With My Peeps

    It looks fine to me. I would just put a roosting bar,nesting boxes,and a couple vents.



    Good luck!
     
  4. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Looks fantastic! The only suggestion I might have is where you have the two open shelves, is there a way to put a cabinet style door on them? The only reason I suggest that is because they are likely to roost up there, and besides the obvious poop accumulation, if you have anything you want to store up there it's probably going to get pecked or knocked down. Wish I'd have had the sense to plan for shelves or other storage in our coop.
     
  5. RottenEgg

    RottenEgg Out Of The Brooder

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    Ah, I should have put an elevation marker. I'm actually looking at the shelves from the outside of the coop. So the entire nesting box area actually bumps in to the coop area up to the rafters. The shelving would be on the shed side, so we could store chicken related things, such as food, seeds, etc. Or even just regular shed things if we decide to use the pallet system like we have currently. I just figured it was wasted space on the coop side, so I'd enclose it and make shelves instead. Our roosting bar will come with us from the old house. It's just a couple handrails we bought that we screwed together like a ladder. So luckily I don't have to worry about that.
     
  6. 123RedBeard

    123RedBeard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the top going to go up to the top of the shed roof?

    What are your plans for ventilation?
     
  7. 123RedBeard

    123RedBeard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm confused ...

    What is the area I made yellow?

    It appears that the nesting boxes are out in the open? Or are the shelves you talk about behind them and accessed from
    Outside?

    The "envelope" I wrote "Nests" in red ... What is that?

    Where is the pop door on the side view, or am I looking at it wrong?

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  8. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    I should have known that anyone who can put together a blueprint and a shopping list wouldn't have let have let a detail like poopy shelving mess things up! [​IMG]
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I get your elevation...took me a minute tho...but I'm a drafter by trade.

    I would flip things around and use more of the shed for the coop.
    Rotate the coop portion 90 degrees counterclockwise.
    Will give you more room for coop and still plenty of storage.

    Might not need to anchor walls to shed floor.

    How tall is shed?
    Might want to do a mesh 'ceiling' for coop, can store things up there.

    Pics of shed would help.
    Take a look at My Coop page, linked under my avatar, I built my coop inside large shed.
     
  10. RottenEgg

    RottenEgg Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll try to answer all questions:

    @123RedBeard The walls will go up to the rafters. I'll need to put OSB on the underside of the trusses so they don't roost up there. I'll probably actually need to get another two sheets of OSB to accommodate for that, and at that point I'll need to put OSB all the way up, just because. Good catch. As for ventilation, I was going to cut a vent on the bottom of the exterior wall in front of the nesting boxes. Not exactly sure what the eaves look like, but we'll cut some vents up top there, too. It's hard to plan for that when we did the inspection and the shed was locked, or I would have taken some pictures. I didn't look that close when we looked at the house before the offer because I didn't plan to use the shed for a coop at that time. I wonder if we should throw a window in to let some light into the coop area. The storm door would let some light in as there's an existing window, but it won't be much. The area you shaded in with yellow is the coop section. The nesting boxes would be in the open, but on the rear of them will be a hopper door so we can just drop it from the shed side to grab the eggs. Where you wrote "Nests" is the hopper door from elevation view. It's just going to be trimmed out with hinges on the bottom is all I was showing. There is no pop door on the elevation view, just to the exterior. I don't want them getting in my shed, which is the whole reason I'm putting up a wall in the first place.

    @Blooie Even if I can quick sketch it up it doesn't mean I'm above forgetting something obvious haha!

    @aart I have to have the set up this way. The shed is existing, so I'm just retrofitting the coop into it. The existing door to the shed is on the west side, so I designed the coop/run to be on the south side to provide for a little bit of sunshine, especially since there's a big tree right there and it will all be shaded most of the year. I figured it would also help with ice and such. The east side of the shed is facing the neighbor's yard and I don't think there's enough space for the run, though I guess we could still put the pop door on the south side. The bummer about that would be that I wouldn't have the door swinging into a wall, so it could be somewhat difficult to maneuver around the door to get things out if I pull around 3 feet out of the east side for coop space. The shed (by the listing info) is 10x12. I don't have exact height as, again, I didn't get a chance to FV anything. I haven't had a chance to mull over ceiling as I didn't think about it before. I know there are roof vents, though, and on the south side, so that might work to just use the existing roof vents for ventilation if I leave it as a mesh ceiling. I think that this picture is the best I can do for a picture of a shed, unfortunately.

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