We (my husband and I) recently moved from Toronto to rural New Brunswick. There is a what was a "dog kennel" next to our home which we are renovating into a quail coop. I'm posting a link to photo bucket so you can get an idea of what we are working with.
I am reaching out to this community as I have a couple of questions and concerns. If anyone has any advice please send them our way.
First off, the floor is made of 2 " thick wood. I know that this can rot and may cause mites. There is also the worry of a predator digging under and through. What would be the best way to tackle this? We don't want to remove the wood, because the structure is built over top. Could we perhaps lay a sheet of hardware cloth over the wood, then add a layer of vinyl flooring with sand over that?
We are in the process of affixing hardware cloth all around the outside fencing. We are attaching it to the wood framing by using a staple gun and then adding screws with large washers to the wood. Where there is no wood (at the seems of the hardware cloth) we are weaving metal wire around both the fencing and doubled up hardware cloth. I hope that made sense. We will also be draping the hardware cloth down into the ground...but would that still be necessary if we go ahead with a layer of hardware cloth over the floor of the coop if we made sure it it attached to the fencing at the bottom. (if the wood should rot)
Roofing will be tuftex. The quails have additional shelter from the sun because there will be a raised platform centered in the coop.
The plan is to build an exterior building for the coop. It will have a door and ramp opening into the outdoor section of the coop. It will be built closest to the side of our house against the fencing's exterior. What is the best height for the addition? Would you agree that 3 feet is too high or good for a raised building ? We will ensure that the structure will be predator proof with hardware cloth reinforced at the hole where the door and ramp connect and any air vents made.
We really appreciate your taking the time to read this post and welcome any suggestion or ideas.
Tracy & Ted