Small Monitor Roof Coop

Nov 26, 2020
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So one of our little coops is leaning in two different directions and it's some cheap-ish one, so it's not fixable, nor worth it, so I gathered together some scrap lumber and started building a new one that's about 6x2.5. It ain't much, but it's what scrap I had. Lesson learned, I should have bought more lumber to make it longer so I could have made the center monitor roof wider. Oh well. Anyways, the clutter in that garage stall also made me build a shelf along the rear wall.

I started building it on the table, but then moved it to the floor before it got beyond my ability to do so on my own.

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The plan is to make the siding three different colors. I have been sourcing local pallets for free, pulling them apart, planing the wood and now staining. I also have some plexiglass I will make windows from
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Nov 26, 2020
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I love a monitor roof. IMO, it's the perfect solution to draft-free ventilation.

How tall is your coop? Will they be able to roost with their heads below the level of the monitor?
On the underside of the roof I drilled 5 or 6 3/4" holes on each side, so there will be some ventilation.

It'll be tall enough for me to put a few roosting bars across the thin way down low and I think I'll even be able to put one bar up higher in the monitor area and maybe an adventurous clucker will jump up there. I think it measures 22 or 24" or so on the lower end of the slanted sides.

The windows I have already framed and will cut the plexiglass when I get a few extra bucks for a vinyl blade for my circular saw. Then I can screw the frames together, slide the panes in and put a little caulking in there to help seal them up.

I'm excited for this, but if I built it bigger it would have been easier :). I can technically fit inside this thing :)

Then I'll build some roof panels and put those on once I get it out in the run
 

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On the underside of the roof I drilled 5 or 6 3/4" holes on each side, so there will be some ventilation.

It'll be tall enough for me to put a few roosting bars across the thin way down low and I think I'll even be able to put one bar up higher in the monitor area and maybe an adventurous clucker will jump up there. I think it measures 22 or 24" or so on the lower end of the slanted sides.

The windows I have already framed and will cut the plexiglass when I get a few extra bucks for a vinyl blade for my circular saw. Then I can screw the frames together, slide the panes in and put a little caulking in there to help seal them up.

I'm excited for this, but if I built it bigger it would have been easier :). I can technically fit inside this thing :)

Then I'll build some roof panels and put those on once I get it out in the run

You might like to read my thread about renovating my Monitor coop this past June: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/renovating-the-little-monitor-roof-coop.1382615/
 

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**some** plexi can be cut with the circular saw blade installed backward, finest tooth you have - like a plywood or veneer blade, instead of a ripping blade. You can also use a cut off wheel on a rotozip or similar tool.

But in any case, try it with scrap first, AND great looking build! Tempting to take inspiration from that for my next coop (though I'll have to up the size some). I like the way you framed that out.
 
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**some** plexi can be cut with the circular saw blade installed backward, finest tooth you have - like a plywood or veneer blade, instead of a ripping blade. You can also use a cut off wheel on a rotozip or similar tool.

But in any case, try it with scrap first, AND great looking build! Tempting to take inspiration from that for my next coop (though I'll have to up the size some). I like the way you framed that out.
Thanks. It's also insulated on all the walls and floor with foam board.

The only blade I have left for my circular saw is a ripping blade and it needed to be replaced a while ago :(. So yeah, I was going to get a high tooth count. I thought about using my Drexel, but that isn't an exact science and will throw crap EVERYWHERE.

Yeah, I like what I've done here, but would like something I could walk into :). Tired of scraping crap out in the middle of winter. Our largest coop can house all our birds, but I have to crawl in through a window to clean it out. If I was a bigger guy that would not be happening.
 
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It's also insulated on all the walls and floor with foam board.
I hope the foam board is covered, they may peck at it and eat it.
How many birds do you plan on keeping in there?

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I hope the foam board is covered, they may peck at it and eat it.
How many birds do you plan on keeping in there?

Covered by plywood inside and out. We have about 20 birds and they can pick the coops they want to crash in at night. Right now we have 3 - well, 4, but the 4th is just for food and hanging out, so they don't sleep in it - and this will replace one of those as that one is leaning in two different directions.

I'm up in Minnesota. I thought I had entered that in, but maybe not.
 

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