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Question about walls for coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by amporter, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. amporter

    amporter Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok I am converting a overhang off a shed into the coop. It has tin roof and 2 tin walls. I need to fill in the other 2. I was thinking vinyl lattice (we have it laying around) with wire. I am afraid it's going to get too hot during the summer making it all tin (which we have laying around too). During the winter I can cover it with heavy plastic. Would this be ok? Are chickens real picky?? Thanks!

    Annette
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    It would help to know where you are located.

    What are your seasons like? Are you in tornado or hurricane alley?

    How many birds are you planning on housing? Will they be standards or bantams?

    Will the birds spend the majority of their days/nights locked in there? Or will they have a fenced run or free-range?

    Chickens need -
    Protection from predators
    Protection from drafts
    Protection from excessive cold and heat
    An area that won't get sloppy wet in rain
    Good ventilation
    14 hours light to lay eggs
    If always locked up, they also need a dust bathing area.
    Fresh water and feed, especially water.

    I'm sure there's more...
     
  3. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    i would go ahead an frame the other to side walls.an use tin on the walls.an bury the tin 3 or 4in in the ground.to prevent vermitts from digging under.if you do use a wire front.know coons possums an skunks can climb the wire.an get in at the eves.been there done that.lost chickens that way.so make sure you have hardware cloth covering your eves an ridges,nothing can get though that.
     
  4. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Tin is good for reflecting heat in the summer, but it can be an oven if the birds are locked up in a metal coop during the night and it is not well ventilated.

    The lattice with wire sounds like it would work, but as keljonma says, you need to consider a lot of other things too when building your coop.
     
  5. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am also using a tin shed for my coop, but i am cutting out areas of the walls and replacing those cut-outs with metal vent panels (the type used to allow air circulation in indoor airconditioning closets) backed with hardware cloth. The vent panel will screw into a simple wood frame and will be easily covered with plastic sheeting (stapled to the wood) in colder temps.

    This could also be done using hardware cloth with a wood frame, no vent panel needed. Scrap pieces are great for this application.

    It will allow cross circulation through the building, high or low..wherever works best for your situation.
     

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