Vermont Chicken Coop Build Log

MadChickensVT

Chirping
8 Years
Sep 5, 2011
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Middlebury, Vermont
Days 12 & 13

I wasn't able to work on the coop last weekend because we had to get ready for our first Halloween party on Saturday. Sunday was spent moving boxes out of the barn to make room for 3 1/2 cords of firewood and resting from a very very busy week.

I took this Friday afternoon off and got the south-west roof done. Then Saturday I got in a half day and got some sheathing on the front corners and finished the hardware cloth. My father-in-law helped me with the hardware cloth on the back. It went a LOT faster with help.

Except for a door the coop could now hold chickens



 
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OvertheHenHouse

Songster
8 Years
Sep 12, 2011
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Wow - that looks fantastic! How difficult was that roofing to install? It looks as though you've got 1X2s on 2X4s - does the roofing need that much wood for support? Really nice bird mouths, BTW - I had a lot of trouble with mine and decided that roof framers are worth their weight in gold
 

MadChickensVT

Chirping
8 Years
Sep 5, 2011
138
2
91
Middlebury, Vermont
The steel roofing was super easy to put on. Much much much easier than shingles, and the same price per square foot. However if the roof wasn't square it could get tricky.

I put temporary jigs attached to the rafters to hold the bottom edge of the roofing. It made it really easy to get things positioned properly by myself.

The "purlins" are 2x4s, flush with the 2x6 rafters. There's also 1/2" hardware cloth and tar paper under most of the roofing. It doesn't usually need nearly that much support. I have some big pine trees nearby that I'm worried about branches falling from.

Thanks for the compliment on the framing. This was my first time cutting rafters although I did carpentry for about 3 years.
 
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OvertheHenHouse

Songster
8 Years
Sep 12, 2011
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San Diego
I saw the jigs - great idea, since I'll be installing this without help. Holy cow - 2X4's on top of 2X6's? I guess I know for sure that photography makes things appear bigger
That's a lot of support - but understand about branches falling. Although my run is underneath an oak, I don't have that level of concern - just glad to know that level of support isn't needed

Really nice build -
 
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