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StarPlate chicken coop

putting up roof frame on star plate building

We finished up the StarPlate chicken coop frame today.

Next up is to fill in the walls and decide on roofing material.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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WooHoo! Awesome job!
Comment by Deb Fri May 24 23:53:22 2013
How are you going to make the roof watertight?
Comment by Roland_Smith Sat May 25 15:01:11 2013
Roland --- Excellent question. We're not sure yet.... :-) We're going to start with the walls and see what comes to us in the meantime. The instructions suggest shingles, which are probably the most flexible for this type of application.
Comment by anna Sat May 25 15:28:39 2013
Are you going to insulate the roof and walls?
Comment by Gerry Sat May 25 15:33:16 2013
Gerry --- No, we're going to go for ventilation instead. In the near future, this structure is only going to be for summer use since it's in heavy shade during the winter (and we have many fewer chickens then). If we do decide to get some kind of larger livestock that overwinters (like sheep), we can decide if it would be worth it to go in and retrofit the coop with insulation.
Comment by anna Sat May 25 16:53:23 2013

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