Or how not to build a catenary curve chicken coop.
Back in 2007 I rescued 7 baby chicks from a cull of feral chickens in a local park. I eventually built them a large A-frame coop-and-run, but as they were mostly free-range in our back yard (and more often than not in the front yard), even back then I had plans for a smaller, more easily movable "night-coop" to sit inside a proper run.
The coop needed to be dog-proof, for when it was used in the vege garden, and dark enough so the chooks would not wake too early and disturb the neighbours. It only needed to be big enough for about 8-10 chooks to sleep in, as the coop would be attached to a large run.
As a fan of curved architecture, I chose to build based on a catenary curve. Here's how I attempted it. You will want to learn from my mistakes...
I had thought I'd come up with a new concept, what with finding nothing on the Web, but after starting construction I found a very similar design
. Typical! This appears to be the entire living quarters though, whereas mine is only the bedroom.This one
deserves mention also.