Sunny that is amazing news! Please tell Steve that I am super stoked for him and that I would looooove to come out an show my support as well!!! I know this has been hard for both of you but it's uplifting to hear that his treatments are helping. Big big hugs all around!
Here are out spoils from yesterday! Bonus that they were cemented in, I guess that's one more thing we will be able to save money on. We had expected to spend hours out there dismantling this thing, but it really only took us a half hour to get it done and loaded! The hound was so soft that we didn't even need to dig them out, we were able to just literally pull them out with our bare hands
the worst part was all the driving. Had to go to fernley to pick up my brothers truck, then back to Reno to get directions and Markie. Then south lake, then back to Reno, then fernley to get my car, then back to Reno again. Good six hours of driving I think! Haha.
Anyway so our plans are pretty simple. We happen to have two gates now which is going to work out very well. I am embarrassed to show you guys my backyard but excited to share our plans. Heck this is the first step to beautifying our yard and deck (getting those pesky birds outta the way! LOL.
So we will start in the corner. The fence will be below the retaining wall
It will run along the retaining wall at the back of the yard. We will put a gate at that opening so that we can tend to the small trees that we plan on putting there.
Here we will jump the retaining wall which will bring the fence about fifteen feet away from the wooden fence on the side of the yard
And it will cOme to meet up with the side of the coop. ( that pen will be gone)
Then we will ad the second gate here between the coop and deck for easy access to the water faucet that is under the deck. We will chicken wire the front part of underneath the deck so that the birds can still go under it but can't get out into the unopened area.( make sense?)
We will rewire the coop in a more permanent and safe fashion, and also provide more shelter from predators in the bottom area of the pen. The coop is about three feet from the fence so they will be able to access both sides of the pen from there. We will be putting in a pop door on the deck side of the fence and using the big doors for our access only.
The bottom part of the pen is about 10x80ft. (by my calculations that alone is big enough for 80 large birds right?!?). As of now it is rocky and the dirt is hard and not very fun for chickens. I am going to have to figure out a way to make this area more desirable for them because right now it's just wasted space.
I'm really excited to get all of this done because with the birds out of the way we can begin restoring the deck, rebuild marks garden, and sees some grass! Overall the 100 ft of chain link plus some chicken wire with our existing fence should create an OVER 1500 sq ft pen! That still a ton of freedom for 30 chickens, right???