Ok, as promised......here are some update pics. I took a couple of days off work so I could try and get caught up. Christmas in coming and Mama (DW) says the girls are getting evicted before company comes. They are currently kicking it in the spare bedroom ;-)
Here the girls are enjoying their second day outside. Even tho the temp was in the low 60's they still didn't care for the Arizona sun. Had to give em a lil extra shade
They seem to like the feeder I threw together that morning. The feeder will go into the hen house during their "homing".
view from the front, the hen house is about 95%, I still need to install water and light, and order my sand. My goal this week is to get the hen house ready for move in, then I can work on getting the run wrapped up.
ventilation door on the south end. Here you can see where I utilized the block wall to help cut costs.
same door, just a close up. We have prevailing winds and storms from the south, so I installed a drip edge, and this wall has very little else. I used small chain for the vent adjustments, and if I need to close one off, each of the doors have a hook and eye for securing. Each window/vent has a hardware cloth screen for critter prevention.
bond beam footing and coop stilts. I am 6 foot tall, and so I set the hen house floor around knee high to me.
west end. Full door for access, 2 vent doors, nest boxes This is the business end of the hen house ;-)
I did this so I could easily pull the bedding out for cleaning. I plan to use sand, and I will build a screen for my wheel barrow so I can clean and reuse the sand easier.
Nest boxes...still storing supplies here ;-) I used an inner tube to seal the gap between the door and the lid so the nest boxes should stay dry in inclement weather.
Along the front side of the run, you can see the pvc bows at the far end. They are tall enough for me to work under without a lot of stooping.
The bows will be covered with 1/2" hardware cloth. I decided to try this method, again, to cut costs. Eliminated a lot of stick framing!!
I will then tie the bow coverings, the end panel and the transition between the stick structure and the bows together with tie wire.
Sewing with wire can be a booger hahaha.
I also will lay 1/2" hardware cloth in the floor, and tie into the foundation with mortar cement, then cover it all with sand.
Hopefully this will keep the submarine attacks at bay.
Last vent door and here you can also see the pulley/rope system to operate the hen door.
Hen door and roost bar access door. Hope this helps with clean up ;-)
The hen door is 3/4 plywood attached to a pair of drawer slides to make up/down smoother
just a shot of the foundation and stilts, and the door to the run.
another shot of the pvc bows. Simply slid into the square pockets. Once I start wrapping the wire, it will be wrapped around a piece om EMT steel conduit, tied, and then the conduit will be anchored to the foundation.
This SHOULD keep any predators at bay. Doubt it will keep a mountain lion out no matter what, BUT fortunately, I have never seen or heard of one in this area. There is very little that will keep out that beast when it's determined to get in ;-(
Along the roof edge, I still have the gaps under the ridges on the R-Panel tin. Anyone ever have issues with critters getting under that? The roof has at least 12" overhang from the wall, and the soffit area is covered. Thoughts? Ideas?
Edited by tfwall - 12/11/15 at 5:48am