Pallet house roof with image...doable?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kvmommy, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. kvmommy

    kvmommy Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    What do you guys think of this style roof. Its staggered but open beneath the peak. I think it'd be great for ventilation. Do you think rain or snow would get in too much?
  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    ? How about a picture [​IMG]

    Very neat concept and well thought out . If you go with it, you should consider just oil as a finish and forget paint except as trim. Really give it a rustic look.

    You don't say where you're at but the roof should work wonderful and the slatted sides are fantastic ventilation. The coop looks secure and with a good steel or green house roof it would get very little rain inside and if it's built fairly large, the chickens would be able to move away from any spot rain does comes thru. Using sand for litter would take care of any moisture that does get in.
    If you do have nasty weather you could staple visquen to the outside of the walls then remove it when it's nice. Don't seal it up with siding, it's fantastic as is!

    I suggest you stick with this plan and then all you have to deal with is the cool, happy chickens.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2011
  3. knjinnm

    knjinnm Songster

    Oct 5, 2010
    Sandia Park, NM
    Was there a picture attached?
  4. kvmommy

    kvmommy Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    OOOPS!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2011
  5. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Songster

    Oct 19, 2010
    Montgomery County, TX
    That looks really cool, but I think the roof opening would let a lot of weather into the coop. Try testing with a garden hose. I found the hard way that I have to plan for horizontal rain .

    Are the walls just pallets with plastic sheet? How did you do the roof? Can you post more pictures?
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2011
  6. Horsefly

    Horsefly Songster

    Jan 11, 2010
    Wow that's a way better coop than I was expecting to see! It looks like a mini house. I don't think it looks like to much weather would be able to get in, depending on which way it faced.
  7. kvmommy

    kvmommy Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    Oh, sorry i didn't explain. This is a home built by I-beam. It won an award for coming up with a cheap, easy to make shelter for refugees of natural disasters. I want to build it myself on a smaller scale but I'm not sure if the roof really works. Its built by architects, so I think it might. Here's more info and links.


    I've been trying to find a cheap plastic like the one they have and didn't find anything affordable. I thought about plastic vinyl like the ones for green houses and asked about it here and everyone had a good point, that i'll probably be too humid in there.
  8. Kudzu

    Kudzu Songster

    Mar 27, 2011
    my chickens would not like that
  9. kvmommy

    kvmommy Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    why? I want to know all I can before I decide on the design.
  10. Ema

    Ema Songster

    Jun 4, 2010
    N. Ontario CANADA
    I think that is super neat, Love it, but yes I do think rain and snow would get in. not really sure how you could fix it but there is a lot of real handy folks around here that will give you some ideas, I do think your chickens would love it in there, and in spring and summer that would be perfect, for winter you might need to figure something out, like some sort of rigid canopy that would prevent drafts, rain or snow from coming in but not hinder your ventilation.


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