Joe Irey - Geodesic Chicken Coop - Customer Review
Just finished my 16 foot pen. Was a blast to put together (chicken wire not so much) My babies, light Brama (15 hens and 2 roos) love the room when I am a work. I am working on an automatic door opener for the coop using a water system. My Great Grand baby loves to pet the hens (photo).
Your Kit was very complete down to the ties for the wire. Have enough left over to make some chicken tunnels later. I modified and made a walk in door with hatches around the bottom for the tunnels when I get them done.
I think you have an outstanding product, don't see how you can do it for the price. My labor is a lot higher. Keep'em rolling!!!
Irey Inc. (Irey Acres)
P.O. box 442
Aransas Pass, Texas
Attached are a coupla photos of my door and hatches in the walls to let my girls and guys out to work in the pasture.
I used 1" pvc with glued t's and 90's to fab the frames. 1/2" plywood on "zip tie" hinges secure with a bungee cord . Haven't had a mad rooster break out yet!
Walk in door:
The walk in door was installed close to the 4"center of the 5 foot apex to give it strength. the lower span was cut and t's installed to give it rigidity. the door frame is glued pipe 90's and tees.
I have a "t" at the bottom of the swinging door with a 6" long "hinge pin" in the dirt to support the door and give it stability.
I tried to stay with the "zip tie" format making the hinges for both hatch and door from zip ties.
The system is working well for the last month and have no complaints. Still have all my 17 light Brahmas I started with in February.
Am still gathering stuff to put my automatic door opener on the girls secure, varmint proof sleeping loft. When I get it done will send photos, may be a while as I have many projects on the burner and a wife that wants a remodeled bath room (somehow she wants priority, go figure).