Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens

  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    30 inches min.
  3. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Looks good. Loving the new coops too. That green mesh looks like a great material. Is that the used fishing net you mentioned earlier or is that new stuff?
  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    The mesh is essentially plastic chicken wire. The regular stuff would not last 6 months with our salt laden onshore breeze. Its structural properties are similar to chicken wire. We don't have the predators of the great continents that will chew their way in and just in case we use GI sheet for the lower 2 feet.

    The fish net is knotted poly rope. Its perfect for temporary paddocks.
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  5. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Oz I was noticing in the photos of the roof and the trees in the back ground. They all lean toward the roof. Does the ongoing breeze flow that way?

    Love love love the pictures of everything. As a mom too, having a fence around the property makes me feel more secure about the kids running out in the yard and playing.

  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Coconut trees tend to lean into the wind.

    The new coops are designed to have minimal exposure to prevailing winds. The peak of the roof is away from the wind. I may cover the thatch on the coops with fishnet before the Christmas winds start. We get a constant 10-20 knot wind for 2 months straight. The thatch normally holds up ok. It lasts longer than galvanized corrugated steel. Its downfalls in building is that its rather flammable and organic material falls continuously - making floors always in need of a sweep - the chickens dont mind though.
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  7. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens

  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Yeah, I would need a long pole to encourage the chickens out from it.
  9. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

  10. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Yeah here are the trees closest that get the most wind - It comes from the North - the left in the photo


    The trees near the road (500 feet back) are quite straight.

    Nature is a funny thing

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