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Date:12/20/2014 5:43:54 AM
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Hoop Coop
Hi there! Thanks for the compliment on my hoop coop. Here's how I did it: I purchased 2 panels of cattle paneling, 4 treated 2 x 6's (I don't like treated, but wanted my coop to last so I made a concession this one time), hardware cloth, chicken wire, chicken wire staples, fencing staples, deck screws, wood screws (smaller length and diameter than the deck screws), a bunch of 1 x 2's, a couple 2 x 4's, plastic tie wraps (medium size), a UV tarp, door hardware (two sets), slide locks, and some short bungees.

I thought a lot about the best way to proceed since my husband was overseas on business and I was too proud (stupid?) to ask someone to come over and help me, and I decided on first laying the panels out side by side, laying two 2 x 6's across the ends (under the paneling) and stapling the panels with the large, heavy-duty fencing staples to the boards. I then went along the seam between the panels and attached tie wraps to keep them together during the next step.

I then picked up one end (board attached to two panels) and shoved it up and over to lap the boards together. THAT'S the part where I almost died (okay, not really. LOL) It was HEAVY and wobbly and when I had the whole thing up high over my head and beginning to curve over on itself, the whole thing wanted to bend back to flop back down, but I was UNDER it by then. A loud "Noooooo!!!!" and a boost of adrenaline and it flopped forward. The momentum sort of rolled the whole thing and it wound up back on its "feet" with the two boards on the ground side by side and the hoop of paneling up in the air where it's supposed to be.

At that point, I completed the base by attaching the other 2 2 x 6's, then I put hardware cloth along the bottom half of each side, stapling it with the smaller staples to the 2 x 6's and securing it to the paneling with tie wraps. Chicken wire went from the tops of the hardware cloth, over the top of the coop, and down to the top of the hardware cloth on the other side. That was secured to the paneling with tie wraps and very securely attached to the hardware cloth by "sewing" it together using the wire that holds the hardware cloth and chicken wire rolls.

After that I made a frame for either end to hold more hardware cloth and chicken wire. I then fashioned a door for either end. I did the same thing with the ends as with the hoop part: hardware cloth at the bottom, chicken wire on the top half, attached with staples and tie wraps and "sewed" together at the seam with wire.

The tarp went over the top (I got a really huge one and folded it in thirds. That way there's extra in case I add on to my coop or if I want to drop it down over one end) and is bungeed to screws I put into the 2 x 6's.

Inside, I attached a roost that I clipped to the wire of the paneling with hitch clips. The nesting boxes are tied on with rope--they sort of hang but not really because I have braces that extend out the back and rest against the paneling.

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