Well it’s certainly been quite a while since I’d last done anymore work on the chicken coop – you know how other (paying) projects get in the way of fun.
On my latest trip to the demolition yard I managed to get my hands on some used roof sheeting and a length of ridge capping, coming to a grand total of $70 AUD. Being second hand, it will be perfect to give us that rustic look we’re chasing. So with my new purchases and a few lengths of pine I had lying around it was time we got this baby (finally) covered up!
First up we need to trim our lengths of pine and run them across the roof at 900mm centres for battens. This is what our roof sheeting will screw down too.
For our top batten you should measure down about 150mm from our ridge line so when we screwed our ridge capping down it is in the right spot to get a good fixing.
I have gone through and just temporarily nailed the battens in place to get them all fixed, though now we need to go through and screw them down with batten screws.
Once all the battens are screwed down it’s now time to measure up our roof sheets to cut. When buying roof sheeting new they will be all cut to size but as these are used and I need to cut them down myself with tin snips. I have a red and green pair – one is left side cutting and the other right side cutting.
Tip: Before laying the sheets, always remember to bend the top lower grooves up with some pliers to stop water getting up back up through in high winds.
Now we’re ready to start sheeting! So we get our first sheet up and tack it in position with one screw in the top corner, this will allow us to move the sheet if needed when we get the next sheet on to make sure they are running nice and square with the roof. And we just continue with our other sheets putting one screw in the top join. Repeat.
Once all the sheets are on and I’m happy with the how they are running with the roof, I can now go through and screw off the sheets into the lower and middle battens.
Now it’s time for my ridge capping. As you can see it’s already been trimmed to match the grooves saving me a bit of time (winning), although they don’t line up perfectly (doh). Never fear as it’s only a chicken coop remember.
The ridge capping gets screwed down into the top batten every second corrugation the same as the bottom batten. The middle batten can then be screwed every second or third.
And there you have it. Our chicken coop has now got a roof. There were a few holes where the old screws were but I can just cover them up with some clear roof silicone and she will be nice and water tight.
Looking forward to sheeting and getting our laying chicks asap.
Are your chickens laying at the moment in the cold weather? (As mums aren’t)…