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iwannabfishn

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11-29-2018 04:18 PM

I am very new at wood working. I am building a chicken coop. I have worked it out on paper, but my coop will be round. The floor is a 5 ft. circle and the sides are 8 in. high and I need a material for the sides that I can easily bend into that 5 ft. circle. I would prefer to use wood or some kind of material with better insulating than metal. I don’t have a steamer so I am looking for suggestions. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


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Woodknack

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#1 posted 11-29-2018 04:28 PM

Orient the wood vertically, like staves

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 11-29-2018 04:35 PM

how about THIS you can make as many sides as you want to and use 2×10 if you want to :<))

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#3 posted 11-29-2018 04:39 PM

8 in tall, does that really contain chickens?

Instead of bending why not design a hexagon/octogon/decagon?

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#4 posted 11-29-2018 04:46 PM

GR8HUNTER, that is a really great link I hadn’t seen before. Thanks!

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GR8HUNTER

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#5 posted 11-29-2018 04:55 PM



GR8HUNTER, that is a really great link I hadn t seen before. Thanks!

- ArtMann


yes it is I use it so much dont forget to change imperial if need be :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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iwannabfishn

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#6 posted 11-29-2018 05:15 PM

Wow, thanks for all the suggestions. These are great. The chicken coop is 8 inch on the sides, but taller towards the middle in a hexagon shape. I am thinking I may just use straight sides. I wanted a circle, but I don’t have a band saw. I only have a table saw so I can’t cut the wood in thin strips unless I use 2×4s. I am thinking either using straight sides or vertical planks. I appreciate the help!

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Robert

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#7 posted 11-29-2018 05:47 PM

Way to complicated. I encourage you to rethink the design.

You building this for the chickens or for you? Because in case you’re not aware, the chickens could care less.

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iwannabfishn

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#8 posted 11-29-2018 07:18 PM

I completely agree, this is too complicated for a chicken coop. To better explain my madness you might think Millenium Falcon chicken coop. Yes, I am likely insane, but the rounded design makes nesting boxes all the way around and the sections will lift to access the coop. It will be WAY over the top for any normal chickens!

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fiddlebanshee

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#9 posted 12-01-2018 01:45 AM

You know that you don’t need that many nesting boxes, don’t you? You build 10 boxes and they will all be on top of each other in one of them, disregarding the rest.

A 5 ft round coop could only hold a few grown birds anyway, they need between 2 and 4 square ft per bird to be comfortable, depending on how much they are outside. You’d have much more space with a square or rectangular design. But I get the challenge issue. I’ve gone there in my head myself but then opted for the practical. A 5ft x5 ft square coop could hold up to about 6 birds if they are confined to the coop, which happens often in winter (by their own choice – as mine refuse to walk on snow). A round coop would be fewer square feet, so I would probably not put more than 4 birds in it.

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#10 posted 12-03-2018 01:51 AM

Your building materials supplier may have “bender board.” Its thin, so you might want enough to make several layers.

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