some agree some agree, roof slanting

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by steven11788, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. steven11788

    steven11788 Songster

    Jun 13, 2008
    hickory Nc
    im building some spare 4x4x4 pens for my cocks to graze in and i plan on leaving them for about 4 days at a time.. so my deal is should i go to the work to cut tin for a slanted roof, ( i hate mesuring and cutting tin) or just lay a flat roof with mabye a 3 inch block in the middle front for a slight 1 inch slant.. my partner wants to do in perfection. i want to do it to save time, i have planty of coops but also ample amount of spare 2x4s. never have can enough of them. [​IMG]
  2. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    These are chickens we are talking about right? They don't care about perfection. Here in Texas I see a lot of cock pens and breeding pens that are corrugated tin that is bowed to form an arch. That is attached to a 2x4 frame that lies flat on the ground. The front and back are enclosed with welded wire. This way it is a simple matter of tipping the cage and your bird is out or what ever you want to do. It is not heavy. For predator protection (tipping) you can put those plumbing/conduit clips (rounded sort of dumaflichies that you can attach pvc or conduit to a flat surface) on opposite sides of the pen and pound re-bar through them into the ground.

    Don't know if I have answered your question, but more pens are always good.
  3. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Quote:I dont favor a flat roof because water pools, even a little bit. In time this erodes the material beneath.
    For cheap knolck off shelters I guess thats no problem. But you can hardly beat a tin roof for durability.
    How about a compromise? I like the idea of just running a peak girder, say a 2X4 on edge and bend a piece of tin over it.
  4. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    Being from the Pacific Northwest, I know a thing or two about rain, and I vote for a slanted roof.

    (And angle the slant AWAY from your run. You don't want to learn this lesson the hard way!)
  5. steven11788

    steven11788 Songster

    Jun 13, 2008
    hickory Nc
    yea thining of a mild slant, but since i have gamecocks, they cant humbly scratch and and explore together... my "normal" rooster fight to see who is strongest then once its established there all fine.. pecking order i belive its called
  6. braudrick

    braudrick Hatching

    Jun 10, 2008
    I built my coop with a flat roof and after my first winter I had to redo the roof due to leaking which was causing issues for the wood below. By using a gabled roof my coop was perfectly dry last winter, I was totally surprised. So to save yourself all the work I had to go through, I highly recommend a gabled roof. Oh yeah, I live in Southern California, so it is not like we get monsoon rains here, yet with a flat roof I had a wet coop for days after it rained.

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