Originally Posted by joletabey
I like it too!! How tall is it? And are you covering it with something besides wire so they have protection? It looks like something my DH and I could build, too, which is why I am asking -
The height is 6'1" with the ends of the panels on 104" centers and they are mounted 2" below the top of the 4x6 on the 6" side(4"side up). In my OP I stated the width as 8'6" but is is actually 8'8". Keep in mind the height is the wire not the girder. I can walk down either side of the girder and duck to walk under it as it is 51/2" below the wire. The header that supports the girder over the door is 11" from the top of the wire. I do have to duck to get into the door, but it's not bad at all. I don't mind the little inconvenience of watching out for my head, as now I don't have to worry about this thing crashing to the ground in bad winter weather. I have walked down the center on the top of this thing and it don't move at all, it is very stable. I even tried to shake it which resulted in very little movement. I am going to cover about half this with a heavy duty truckers tarp to give the chooks some protection. I am also going to put plywood on the rear end wall and install a huddle box on the outside of the enclosure with 2 2x4 roost inside to keep them out of the wind and inclement weather. I consider this to be permanent, however it can be moved if absolutely necessary. It is very heavy and not a tractor by any means. Once I'm about done with it I will anchor it down and extend my electric fencing to include this one.
I could have saved some money and not bought some of the heavier lumber as I did, however I want this to last a while and I wanted it heavy duty. I guess you could say I built this with a "money no object" attitude. I will have about $600.00 in this not counting the huddle box(free shipping crate from local tech. co)when I'm finished.