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UBC Farm chicken shelter Bailey, Zach; Pawlowski, Aleksandra; Jaoude, Hady Abou; Guo, Di Hao (Derek); Hosford, James; Burgin, Andrew; Cheung, Julian


UBC Farm is currently in need of a moveable chicken coop that is intended to house 12 chickens. The chicken coop is to provide shelter, a place to lay eggs, and a small area to graze for the chickens. A seven‐person UBC Civil Engineering (CSL) team has been asked to design and construct a chicken coop that, in addition to being moveable, would take on a dollhouse‐like design. The size, durability, and materials used for the coop must meet the requirements stated by the client. In order for the chicken coop to be certified organic, there are certain size and material criterion that must be conformed to. The approximate size of the chicken coop is to be 55 square feet, where 25 square feet are allotted for the indoor portion, while the remaining space, including that below the raised coop, will make up the run. The estimated cost of the project is $340.33. In designing this project, size constraints were considered in great detail. As it is intended to be moveable as well as easily accessible, the final design had to be both small and light, while still adhering to Organic Standards. This report provides detailed designs and explanations of all aspects of the chicken coop to be built for UBC Farm. Dates for build have been selected and the client has seen and approved the recommended coop design. Construction of the shelter is currently scheduled for January of 2011 with materials ordered from manufactures and collected from the Farm. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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