1. torretornado

    torretornado Just Hatched

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    Does an open air coop have to be large? I realize the roost has to be far away from the windows but just how far back? We are trying to make this project economical but still quality.

    I was hoping for a small coop 5x7, shed style roof pitching backwards, run off to one side 8 x7.

    I'm struggling with still making it cute and pretty to look at while economical and of course and foremost safe.
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Have you looked at the Woods coop designs? Wish I had one! You can have open air but sheltered, and partially close off some areas in winter, and 'cute' would be nice too, although I went with functional instead. Mary
     
  3. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Here ya go:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1090825/new-woods-styled-coop-10x16
    Hi,
    Prince T. Woods' book is online for free at Hathi Trusts\ Digital Library
    Both the early edition and the 1924.
    Open-air poultry houses for all climates; a practical ...
    Woods, Dr. Prince Tannat, 1912.
    http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=ncs1.ark:/13960/t32236w44;view=1up;seq=9
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    Modern fresh-air poultry houses; a new book on common sense ...
    Woods, Dr. Prince Tannat, 1924
    http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924003138272;view=1up;seq=7
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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1009681/woods-fresh-air-poultry-house
    super thread on a Woods Coop made from pallets, just lovely.

    Best Regards,
    Karen
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    If you're talking about a Woods Style open air coop, there may be a limit to how small you can go for it to be effective.
    Was under discussion here https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1131864/woods-house-mini by a guy who has studied the concept intensely.
     

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