This chicken coop has taken me a long time to build. Correction: the materials for this chicken coop have taken a long time to find; hands on building time was pretty easy! Sadly the ‘foraged’ trailer that made the super-coop mobile was reclaimed by its owner and the coop is now more of a static caravan than a mobile home.
In anticipation of the green roof, I wanted to make a pretty strong structure. I used five roof supports with birdsmouth cuts and a strong central timber to take the weight. You can see I finally got to use my maths A-level skills for something other than passing an exam.
Once again, the main problem I came across was using reclaimed wood. Some of the strips were warped or split or broken.
The Green Roof:
Google told me that the layers of a green roof are very important.
1. The base structure – must be strong, wet planting medium is very heavy.
2. Waterproof layer – I used a tarp.
3. Drainage layer – this can be expensive to buy so I drank over 6,000 bottles of wine and kept the corks to save money.
4. Root membrane layer – I used a membrane made from recycled plastic bottles.
5. Water retention layer – I used fleece to hold in water for the thin soil.
6. Soil medium – I used pine nuggets and sphagnum moss.
7. The plants – I have creeping thyme seedling ready to transplant…