Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Our Urban Chicken Coop Design
A couple months ago, we got some baby chicks. Quickly, our gals, Pot Pie, Harriet, Duckie, and Clementine became too big for their rubbermaid quarters inside and it was time to move them into a space all their own. May I present our coop. It is like many other raised shed style coops that you'll find at great sites like BackYardChickens.com with one big distinction: It is modular.
A modular coop offered two advantages: the size and quality of a permanent coop and the easy relocation of a temporary coop. We're crossing our fingers that we'll be at our apartment for a while, but with our young, transient lifestyle here in Providence, we can't be sure! With a modular coop, our chickens can enjoy a sturdy and spacious coop, where ever we are.
First comes the foundation, a simple 2x4 frame with chicken wire nailed to the underside (an effective barrier against digging predators.)
Next are the two ends, a 2x3 frame (with shear strength provided by the chicken wire), and the raised interior of the coop supported by 2x4s.
Two infill panels make up the sides, with an opening for a generous 6'-6" door (I am tall).
Last is the roof panel, also a 2x3 frame supporting 1x2 purlins that in turn will carry the load of the corrugated asphalt roof (a great quality product that I'm pretty excited about)
So, six pieces in all, breaking down to parts no bigger than 4' x 8'. All can be loaded inside and on top of our Subaru Legacy in a single trip.
Move pictures will follow showing the "finer" details. In the meantime. Here are the fine hens.