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So, my builder came up with a new lay-out plan for my loft that would allow me to enter all the sections without having to go through the other sections. I can decide if I like it or not. Please help me!! From his description I made a ROUGH drawing. Please assume the hallway is straight down the middle of the building and that all the doorways are the same size, etc. It's just to give you an idea...



Would this work for me? I would prefer all the aviaries on the same side of the building, but I do like that all the rooms come off the hallway.

Here's the original plans:

 

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That would make it a lot easier. How about something like this?



Just a rough drawing in Paint lol. :p It would allow you to access two of them, at least, through the hallway, and also have all the aviaries on the same sides (which will probably be the easiest way to do them, cleaning wise anyway!)
 

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See, that is what I thought we would do, but with that plan you have to go through one section to get to the far one.

So, I guess my question is... Is there any HUGE benefit to having all doors use the hallway?
 

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Or even add a small hallway in the back; it wouldn't have to be that wide or take up too much of their section:



I would think the benefit would be being inside in cold or bad weather, and maybe you could even keep their feed and all that in the bigger hallway so it's all right there for you. Or if you like the first one, you could always put the door to it on the outside of the section, rather than get to it through the other section. . .if that makes sense!

Okay, like this (with the black block as the door):

 

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I'm in a high theft area, so for the reason I wouldn't do more then one outside door. Plus exterior doors are expensive too. :( I would do another small hallway, but that takes up too much valuable space. If my building was able to be bigger I would do another hall.

Well, I'm going to see if anyone else comes by and says anything about this design. I hate to change things on my builder again...but I don't think I like this design.

Oh, and one more question!! Is there any advantage to having all my aviaries on the same side of the building? Like if I trained my YB's out of one side and then later had them coming to the other side. Would it make any difference?
 

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So, here's what I want...



It's my favorite design.

Here's the one the builder thought up:



Which one do you prefer and why??
 

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So, here's what I want...



It's my favorite design.

Here's the one the builder thought up:



Which one do you prefer and why??
The first one you will be happier with, all the aviaries need to face the sun so they should be on the same side, I would rather have another door in the breeder section than take room for a small hall just to enter from the hall, you take up too much space, you will want every inch for the birds, you will see.;) looks very good IMO
 

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The first one you will be happier with, all the aviaries need to face the sun so they should be on the same side, I would rather have another door in the breeder section than take room for a small hall just to enter from the hall, you take up too much space, you will want every inch for the birds, you will see.;) looks very good IMO
There is no hall leading to the breeding section. That line is where the nest boxes will be. It was just to show which wall I wanted them on. Is that what you meant?
 

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Now the builder suggested sliding doors in the loft. I think that will be good! I do like fastpitches design (Hint try Lunapic.com next time), but that type hall makes my storage shelf and counter that I'm secretly lusting after impossible. :( I was hoping to have a small cupboard with a counter and some shelves for storing things at the end of the hall as it stands in this design.



Is there anything so terrible about this door?



I was thinking I would just leave it open most of the year. I would only need the extra room during breeding season.
 

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Here's the "scoop". :D I'm working with a retired contractor who now builds shed's for a living. We've been working on the general design for a couple of weeks now. Only now did I think to ask you guys for help. :rolleyes: I should have asked weeks ago... Anyways, this poor guy - I've been SO picky and specific about everything! I'm very impressed how patient he's been with me. hehehe... I mean I keep changing everything on him. :p So today he's running his fourth estimate with this last design for me. I don't think I can change things on the poor guy again. If you think of any little things that could be added or modified about the design that would be good. :) I'm sure I'll have more questions.

Oh, and what kind of paint would you recommend for the interior of the loft? I plan to paint everything white before the birds move in. I just want to make sure it's not toxic to them.
 

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Oh and what type of perches for the fliers and YB loft??
 

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Here's the "scoop". :D I'm working with a retired contractor who now builds shed's for a living. We've been working on the general design for a couple of weeks now. Only now did I think to ask you guys for help. :rolleyes: I should have asked weeks ago... Anyways, this poor guy - I've been SO picky and specific about everything! I'm very impressed how patient he's been with me. hehehe... I mean I keep changing everything on him. :p So today he's running his fourth estimate with this last design for me. I don't think I can change things on the poor guy again. If you think of any little things that could be added or modified about the design that would be good. :) I'm sure I'll have more questions.

Oh, and what kind of paint would you recommend for the interior of the loft? I plan to paint everything white before the birds move in. I just want to make sure it's not toxic to them.

I forget what we used. SEEMS like it was a semi-gloss exterior paint, but I'm not SURE about that. I know that the first time we painted the inside, we used a flat paint.........BIG mistake.......can't get that stuff clean for nothing........go with the semi-gloss..........it's easy to clean and you WILL have to clean it.......LOL
Everett taking a nap.....I'll ask him after while.
 

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That's what I asked the builder to make, but I wasn't sure if they were the best. He's modeling his after your hen loft boxes.
 

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That's what I asked the builder to make, but I wasn't sure if they were the best. He's modeling his after your hen loft boxes.
Well, if it's not too late.........LOL the ones in the pictures above are better. The way they are made, you can start at one end and run the scraper along the whole thing. The ones that I have in my hen loft have to be scraped individually. Not bad if you've only got 15, but if you've got a lot..well.....
 
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