straw bale chicken coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenboy95, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. chickenboy95

    chickenboy95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i read today in one of my chicken books that straw bales work good for chicken coops. does anyone have any pictures of a straw bale chicken coop that they own.i got some questions.

    1. is it hard to build.

    2. like what kinds of protection does in have. Couldnt predators get into a coop like that. if so what could i do to make it more predator proof.
     
  2. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    You would put chicken wire on the inside and outside of the strawbale walls and plaster it over to give a predator/pest proof surface. How predator proof it will be depends entirely on how well you design and build it.
     
  3. chickenboy95

    chickenboy95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok thanks that helpful. [​IMG].
    i am going to be building it in the spring so i had to get some advice.
    but cant predators chew through chicken wire. some of them. do u think it would be even better if i put chicken wire then chain link wire over that on the inside and out???
     
  4. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. chickenboy95

    chickenboy95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow thanks. i hate ants.
     
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    There is another thread on this subject going today, you might check it out for more info.

    Strawbale construction, like is used for houses, IS good for chicken coops. Very very high insulation value, and ddurable. However this is MUCH MUCH more complicated than just stackin' up some bales. You have to have a proper foundation to keep the walls stable and the bales off the ground; then you put the bales together, spearing them with rebar as you go, then wrap the whole thing with chickenwire and plaster over it with cement. Most people don't make the strawbales structural, they just use them to fill in a timber frame.

    There is no issue of predators getting in because it becomes essentially a stucco wall.

    However this is LOTS AND LOTS OF WORK and not quite as cheap as you might think. (Although cheaper, for houses, than traditional stick building, if you do it yoyrself).

    Just stacking strawbales to make a coop is not such a good idea.

    Very dangerous (can't tie it together well enough to prevent collapse, unless it is just a tiny doghouse-style hut), will get moldy, totally vulnerable to predators, won't last long, etc.

    Strawbale construction (the whole enchilada with the foundation and rebar and cement and all) IS great for building houses, but would only be a good idea for a coop if you like the challenge of doing things differently. THere are lots EASIER ways to build a coop (tho it won't end up nearly as insulated).


    Pat
     
  7. goobhen

    goobhen Chicks Rule

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    Quote:I bought a book "Chicken Coops" by Judy Pangman. It has 45 building plans and does include one made out straw bales. you do use supports. I don't want to use one, my DH thought it was okay to do (I won, building coop). Theresa
     
  8. chickenboy95

    chickenboy95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have book but i like to see what all u need and realistic pictures.
     
  9. klf73

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    I'm sorry I have no idea, but the title just made me think of the 3 little pigs [​IMG]
     
  10. goobhen

    goobhen Chicks Rule

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    Theres's a guy up the road that makes one for his dogs every winter. I will try & get pictures of it for you. If he is out, I will ask if I could take picutres of the "inside". theresa
     

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