"Hoop House" materials for Chicken Run

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  1. PrincessFerf

    PrincessFerf Enter farm name here

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    As we're building our chicken tractor, we made a slight change in design and want to create the outdoor portion (the run) in a hoop style.

    For those of you who have built such a thing... where did you get the metal pipes that were already curved? Or... would PVC piping work better in this situation?

    The hoop portion of the coop would be 5 feet wide and 3 feet (approx.) high. We would plan to place the hoop portions about 2 - 3 feet apart for the length of the run. There is already a sturdy base that we can use to attach the hoop pieces.
     
  2. fishhead

    fishhead Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You can use a horse panel for the hoop.
     

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    We used PVC. Worked great.
     
  5. PrincessFerf

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    Callieslamb - Was the conduit curved?

    Pony - did you bend the PVC?

    We're trying to create the "curved" look if at all possible.
     
  6. WisJim

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    You have to bend the conduit. There are sites on the web showing how people have done this, just do some searching.
     
  7. farmergirl

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    Yes, you can bend the pvc.
    If you use a cattle or horse panel instead, you won't need the supports because the panels are quite rugged and stiff, though bendable enough to make the hoop shape you want. To keep predators out, you would need to attach chicken wire or similar to the panel, just as you would do if using the pvc supports.
     
  8. Wisconsin Ann

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    We just use rebar for the hoops. Easy to bend, but strong as...um...iron :D You do have to put some form of fencing (we used regular 2x4 fencing) over it to keep out predators, and then of course cover it in heavy translucent plastic. Our birds enjoy the sunroom in the winter. keeps things VERY toasty during the sunny days.
     
  9. highlands

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    I have used rebar and I've used cattle panel on different projects. Both worked great to form the shape.
     
  10. MOgal

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    While the hoops for our original two hoop houses came that way, DH has a pipe bender he bought dirt cheap at an auction. It's easy to use but you have to pay attention to keeping the curve uniform as possible.

    Be careful with the cattle panels. They are rough where the galvanizing dripped and with a combination of wind and heavy snow, they can and do collapse. I have a friend southwest of St. Louis who lost her whole hoop house and the crops when it collapsed.
     
  11. Nette

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    Water pipe works. I'll try to post a picture soon.
     
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    We are building a hoop house now and we are useing Schedual 40 Gray Indoor/Outdoor PVC Pipe. The type is important because the white non-indoor/outdoor degrades quickly from the sun and becomes brittle and will then crack and break. For the width and height that you are planning your best bet is the ten foot length of possibly 3/4 inch diameter stuff. It can be purchased at Home Depot for about $1 for each ten foot piece. We used this same length and diameter to put hoops over some raised beds this summer with great success. Use 18 to 24 inch lengths of rebar pounded into the ground so that half of each rebar is sticking out to secure your hoops into their propper shape. Just slide the end of the pipe over the rebar and bow it over and slide the other end over the other rebar on the other side. You can also build a frame with 2X6 lumber and clamp the PVC/rebar to it once done. Then it will not move until you take it apart.
     
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    I saw one yesterday with panels and 1" poultry netting built as an aframe with 2 X 4's metal roofing was on the end, just giving another option
     
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    Here's a picture of my chicken house and run, using the water pipe to support the welded wire top. Wish it was a better picture...

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    Love it Nette!
     
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    Thanks, Cara. These water pipe supports have been in place since 2005, so I think you could say that they're durable enough. I found a better close-up picture of how I anchored them to the posts using PVC pipe as the "holders":

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    I used zip ties to attach the welded wire to the water pipe.
     
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  17. MOgal

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    VT Chicklit's method with the rebar is how we attached our 12' x 24' x 7' hoop house to the foundation boards and to the ground. The hoops are set over the rebar then held against the foundation boards with conduit clamps. It's held up for 11 years now although we do need to replace some of the foundation boards before we put the plastic cover material on it this fall.
     
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    that is the most adorable chicken house I've ever seen!! I love the flag :)
     
  20. PrincessFerf

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    I love the pictures. Keep 'em coming!

    The "hoop house" we are building will be part of the moveable chicken tractor for raising our broilers. (our regular coop is much too large to move :) )

    I like the idea of an A frame style, that would also be helpful during the winter when in storage to discourage snow from building up. We won't be raising broilers during the winter months... so the tractor would just be stored outside with a tarp over it.