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Star Plate ceiling

inside view of completed star plate roof

We installed the last plywood triangle today.

Having the roof support done makes it feel more like a chicken coop.

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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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Great picture.

This looks like a huge chicken coop. It looks more like a chicken barn! :o) How many hens are you planning on raising in this coop?

The larger question is about the Star Plates.

Now that you have worked with them, and built this coop, would you use them again in the future? Were they worth the cost to build with in the end?

Comment by M Sun Mar 16 07:19:10 2014

M --- We want to eventually be able to put larger animals in it, thus the size. Plus, we've learned the hard way that it's worth taking a bit of time to make more space in a coop.

To answer your bigger question, you might want to read this post on the pros and cons of a starplate coop (with cost analysis). I'd have to say, no, I wouldn't do it again. Mark might feel differently, though, because aesthetics are much higher on his list than they are on mine.

Comment by anna Sun Mar 16 09:45:25 2014
Wow! This looks very impressive! You guys did a great job. I wish my coop looked as good (and as big). Keep up the good work! Can't wait to see it done!
Comment by Roberta Sun Mar 16 23:29:35 2014

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