Pitched Roof or Flat?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by not old at this, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. not old at this

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    Okay, we have most of our new coop designed, but can't decide if we need to put a pitched roof on it or just a flat one. We live in Southern Indiana and this will be our first winter with chickens. If we decide to put a flat roof on the coop, how much of a slope should we put on it so that the snow and rain will run off and make it come crashing down on our girls' heads? :) Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated, because sometimes I don't think I know what I am doing. :)
     
  2. jetdog

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    I would put a pretty good pitch on it, the snow load will get heavy, if you use metal roofing the snow will just slide off, I would also pitch it away from the chickens and any chicken door.
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

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    Minimum allowed on most houses is a 4-12 pitch, meaning it drops 4 inches for every 12 inches of horizontal run

    A lot depends on the overall size of your "coop", since on here, that can mean anything from a 4 X 4 box up to a 12 X 20 two story building

    If you get lots of snow, make it STEEP, with the slant away from the doors
     
  4. write2caroline

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    If the snow sits on the roof it will be heavy and that can cause problems. I would put as big a pitch as I could. It will be good for ventilation too. We used to live in New York and the house we lived in had a I don't even know what to call it. The previous owners added a room and put in a flatter roof in the back upstairs of the Cape Cod house - Nothing but problems. It leaked and caused all kinds of damage. I see a lot of flat roofs here in Florida and we get some heavy rains. I have a flatter roof on the nest box and on one of the coops and same kind of problems - standing water and leaking,

    Just my humble opinion!
    Caroline
     
  5. not old at this

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    Thank you guys so much for all of your help. This really helps a lot.
     

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