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DIY Chicken Coop Construction Part 3 - Side Walls and Roof

We measured and cut our roof trusses.  The pitch you use for this is really up to you. We needed enough pitch to the roof of our chicken coop to allow the rain of summer and the snow of winter to easily run off from the roof.  We built our roof at 15 degrees which should be more than sufficient for our weather conditions.  The pitch in your case can be more or less depending on your area and typical winter weather conditions.  It's not unusual for our area to have 3 or more feet of snow on a roof during the winter time and we definitely don't want our roof caving in on our chickens during the winter time now do we?

We then attached the roof trusses to the outside wall frame.  This gave us the needed dimensions for the side wall panels and made the measuring and cutting easier to do.  Shown here is the side wall of our chicken coop that has the window opening.



The next step to measure and cut the side wall covering for our chicken coop.  We started with the wall with no opening features just to keep the first wall simple.  You'll notice the angle at the top and that is to accommodate the roof trusses and pitch as well.  Make sure you measure twice and cut once because this can be an expensive mistake if you aren't careful depending on the covering you decide to use for your chicken coop building project.  We opted to use an exterior grade tongue and groove OSB with a heavy finish primer on the outside so it wasn't necessary to paint it right away.  This was a bit of a time saver but a bit pricey at $27 a panel here locally.  The other option was standard OSB and siding which would have taken more time and wasn't really any less expensive when we worked out the numbers.

This picture shows the measured and cut panel installed on the side wall of our chicken coop with the window opening cut out.  Again I must remind you.  Measure carefully.  Measure twice and cut once is the key to not wasting expensive lumber.  You will repeat this process for all of the remaining side walls.



As before, we are going to store our finished wall panels in a out of the way place until we are ready for them.  This photo shows the back side of the window wall panel which is now ready for installation onto our floor.  Once we have all of our wall panels finished and ready for installation, the next step will be to prepare the area where out floor platform is going to be installed.









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[ purchasing, raising, & caring for our new chickens ] [ diy chicken coop ] [ chicken coop size & location ] [ building our chicken coop ] [ chicken coop construction part 1 ] [ chicken coop construction part 2 - ] [ chicken coop construction part 3 ] [ chicken coop construction part 4 ] [ chicken coop construction part 5 ] [ chicken coop construction part 6 ] [ chicken coop construction part 7 ] [ chicken coop construction part 8 ] [ chicken coop construction part 9 ] [ chicken coop construction part 10 ] [ chicken coop construction part 11 ] [ chicken coop construction part 12  ] [ chicken coop construction part 13  ]


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