New urban chicken coop owner and building coop now, have framing done. Need some help


7 Years
May 26, 2012
I am building a 3 foot by 6 foot long coop about 6 or 7 ft high.
How much venting should I do and should I screen it. I was going to just leave the raftter space on each side open.

Also the framing is done and Now ready to ply wood the sides, do you put the ply wood up and then cut out for windows doors and external nesting boxes or do you cut them out then put plywood sides up cut,
I see on this one guys looks like he put everything up and then did cut outs???
How high up shoot the roosting pole be off the ground?
Thanks for the help,
I am new to this,



7 Years
May 11, 2012
Long Island, Ny
Hi Rob,
I'm new to this too. My opinion, you can never have too much ventolation. If you can make some vents along the bottom that are secured with chicken wire, that can be opened and closed as needed, along a venting along the roofline. you will create a good vent system to keep the chicken cool in the summer.
The plywood, if you comfortable with a jigsaw or circular saw, you can cut the holes for the windows and nest boxed after you attach the plywood to the frame. I'm not that good with the saw so i would measure, cut then attach. roosting poles should be at least 18" off the ground. Good Luck.
Tom R


11 Years
Jun 7, 2011
Taylors, SC
I would ensure that there is no pathway into the coop through the open rafter space. The bad guys can be persistent.

I put hardware cloth in the main door that I use to maintain the coop. This provides a low entry point for fresh air. I have hardware cloth around the top of the walls extending onto the open rafter space for an outlet.


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