|Forum topic by kaitala||posted 05-14-2014 07:37 PM||1245 views||0 times favorited||18 replies|
05-14-2014 07:37 PM
Yes, I’m an annoying beginner. I apologize in advance.
I have plenty of VERY rough experience, building concrete forms and other such items for heavy construction, nothing that had to look good, just had to be basically functional, with minimal specs and plenty of tolerances.
Now I need to build a chicken coop.
I see plans online, and other people’s project with photos. It can’t be all that hard, an elevated box, a couple of doors, and some support for a hardware cloth run. I could build something functional but it would be ugly. The brooder box I built was horrid.
I was wondering about the load bearing and structural integrity of using 1×3 instead of 2×4. Do I need the “big guns” for 3 5lb chickens and their waterer? I see a lot of runs made with 2×2, and the 2×2 and 1×3 are much cheaper than 2×4. I need it to support it’s own weight plus about 40lbs (chickens, water, food, litter).
I think something lighter would be nice to have, easier to move if necessary. Cost and weight are why I’m wondering about smaller lumber.
I see some coops built with a base, then the box is put on top, others where the legs and corners of box are one piece. I can’t get a feel for what is preferable and stronger.
I’m poking around for free plans (or affordable) online. Any suggestions would be helpful.
I know I’m going to have to be much more careful with cuts and joinery than I have had to in the past, but I’m looking forward to the project.
I do want this to be a cheapo project, as if I do make an unsightly coop, I’ll have to try again, or shell out big bucks to buy one.
Thanks in advance for your replies.