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Coop Framing

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We worked on framing the walls of our chicken coop yesterday under October conditions that changed from cold to warm and alternated between sunny and gray. Twice we received sprinkles of very light rain, yet at a time when there weren’t any clouds in sight that looked like they could possibly be the source.

The weather didn’t slow us down from the task at hand, though, as we designed on the fly to figure out a way to use on-hand 2x4s from a variety of salvaged day-job pallets to frame up the four walls.

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With the addition of a couple long boards I found stored in the rafters over the shop, we were able to come up with everything we needed.

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We are hoping to get away with using some plexiglass that has been lying around since we moved here, for windows to provide plenty of light. That will be augmented by translucent polycarbonate panels we purchased for the slanted roof.

The roof is today’s project. Then we need to figure out the ventilation openings that will be covered with hardware cloth to keep out unwanted critters. Siding will follow that. Somewhere in there will be the creation of 4 different hinged openings for access: to collect eggs, to pull out a poop board from under the roost for cleaning, and for chickens and humans to get in and out.

No problem. It only took me a few years to get this far. I’m sure I can have it ready for occupation by…

Never mind that. I’m living in this moment.

The future doesn’t need me trying to tell it what will be.

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Written by johnwhays

October 9, 2016 at 8:25 am

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  1. If you just put hardware cloth over the windows, that could be part of your ventilation…if you really want the plexi glass, I would put it on a hinge so you could open or close over the hardware cloth. So, there’s my $0.02….spend it if you want. 😉

    Liz

    October 9, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    • Brilliant! That happens to be our plan. Hardware cloth is another item we ended up purchasing, because we didn’t have enough on hand. We will be using it generously.

      johnwhays

      October 9, 2016 at 8:37 pm


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