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... question is.. if I drive by, will I be asked for my ID by a bunch of hens in guard uniforms?
You bet you will...
The article needs schematics and more build details. Nice materials list and great pictures!
I'll let the Air Force know you demand the schematics of a 40-year-old, 8 x 4 structure.
I enjoyed the read, dedication, detail and photos! Not to mention the ideas.
Article is well written and informative. Love the list of materials as well as all your pictures! I love your setup.
Looks great!! And I thank you and your friend “sniper” for your service !
Thank you fo it sharing! Wonderful job!
This is excellent - well thought out and well documented in both text and pictures. The nod to our service people is a wonderful bonus. The only thing I would add/adjust is to replace the chicken wire (poultry fence) with hardware cloth. Chicken wire is twisted, not welded, so it stretches when predators dig at it, opening enough for a raccoon, opossum or small fox to get in. It also tends to rust over time, especially in areas that soak and drain frequently.
All in all, this is e GREAT build! It makes me want a guard shack!
Thanks for the compliments and your attention to detail. My original plan was to use hardware cloth everywhere I mentioned poultry netting. Good catch. It came down to money. I do fully intend to re-do at least the window areas with machine cloth, because that is the stronghold. But 125+' x 2' would take a chunk out of my wallet ain't there to take right now. I agree the tougher stuff will do better, and your observation is noted.
Nice repurposing of the building and well thought out run area.
You will likely find that the birds will be roosting on the upper shelf and whatever roost branches you have higher up. You might need a bit higher barrier on the nest areas to keep the shavings/hay/whatever in. Also, I was thinking about your drain holes in the floor. I think you'll need to cover them with a board of some sort between wash downs or they will get plugged with whatever you are using for flooring material.
Thanks. I will watch the drain hole thing. I did make the holes large enough that a snake could get through would make chicken food--but not the other way around. I used a bit large enough I can use a handy stick to knock em clear. Stay tuned.
Great article, cool repurpose, great photos!