new guy here... have a few question about coop that i am building

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ashtray, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. ashtray

    ashtray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i found this coop on this site and decided i would copy the design . this is my first coop so i hope everything goes well . i am building the coop a little different than the original builder,, i am framing the walls like you would on a house in to give the coop more strength .. anyways if you guys could take a look at the link and offer any suggest that would be awesome
    www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=3300-FF-EMTs_Coop the coop wil be 8'x 12 ' the coop box will be 4w'x 8' x 6' h I would like to have six hens for he coop ...
     
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  2. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks great. I'm converting a 6x8 out building and i think it will look a lot like yours when i'm done. Thanks for the pics and ideas. Happy Clucking
     
  3. andehens

    andehens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats a great coop to follow, one of my faves, I think he thought of a lot of little details! Good Luck!!
     
  4. Lil_Chickadee

    Lil_Chickadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, I love it. [​IMG]
     
  5. ashtray

    ashtray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks ... this coop is like my garage i wish i would have built it a little bigger. I think on the right hand side of the coop i am going extended the trusses out and extra 3 ft in case i want to add on at a later time .

    is a window necessary for a coop this size??????
     
  6. ashtray

    ashtray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just to clarify the pics in the link are not my coop ..that the design i am using ... so far i have the framing for the lower box and one wall framed up ............ i am slow lol
     
  7. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

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    Two comments that I would make.

    The hardware cloth used in the run is the best wire material to use, in my opinion. I would make sure that it is buried into the ground about 18" to prevent critters from digging under. I would also make sure that it is fastened very securely to the framework, especially if installed inside the run as the pictures suggest. The strongest material is worthless if critters can push it aside where it is fastened to the frame. Perhaps sandwich it between lumber rather than rely only on staples to secure it.

    Secondly, the original coop builder made a mistake by not aligning the run's rafters with the studs below. They bear on a single plate and in a heavy snow-load area, there could be sagging. Simply aligning the studs and rafters increase the strength of the run's roof substantially.

    Wayne
     
  8. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

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    Another comment:

    The run area below the coop is a nice feature that allows use of otherwise wated space. You may curse it though if your hens decide that they prefer it as a nesting spot.

    Wayne
     
  9. ashtray

    ashtray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah i thought about that ... i may frame that area and install a wood floor and use it for storage if that happens:cool:
     
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  10. ashtray

    ashtray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thanks for the comments and that's very good advice on the rafters i did not notice that . i am planning on installing 2x4's inside each wall stud to use as rails to strengthen the building and cloth .... do you think a window would be a good idea for the coop ?
     
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